Bishop: The Rt. Rev. C Leopold Friday
Chancellor: Mr. Justice Lyle St. Paul
Dean of the Cathedral: The Very Rev. Patrick Mc Intosh
Diocesan Treasurer: Mr. David Murray
Diocesan Registrar: Mr. Grenville John
The Diocese of the Windward Islands is comprised of the islands of Saint Vincent where the Bishop lives and the Cathedral is situate, Grenada and Saint Lucia, together with the Grenadines . . . a chain of lovely islands lying between Grenada and Saint Vincent. Part of the Grenadines is under the jurisdiction of Saint Vincent and comprises the State of
A Statistical Glance at the Diocese
The diocese consists of seven islands spread over an area of approximately 680 square miles. These islands occupy about 550 square miles of this area. The population of the main islands total approximately 331,600 and is distributed as follows:
St. Vincent 110,000
The diocese consists of 16 parishes with 55 churches or places of worship, with 25 parishes on St. Vincent, 18 on
There are six secondary and 16 primary church schools in the diocese with over 12,800 pupils currently attending.
The six secondary schools are:
Bishops' College, Kingston
Bishop's College, Georgetown
Bishop's College, Carriacou
Anglican High School, Bequia
Anglican High School, Grenada
St. Andrew's Anglican Secondary School, Grenada
Historical Sketch of the Diocese
The 19th century was a turbulent period of the people of the Carribean. The early part of the century was marked by a series of attempts by the slave population of the region to secure their freedom. It was also in the early part of the century that the most important development of that period occurred: the institution of slavery was abolished. The formation of the Diocese of the
Alfred Caldecott, in his history on the Church in the West Indies, claims that the formation of the Diocese of the
This new political arrangement carried with it some ecclesiastical implications. The Diocese of Barbados, under whose jurisdiction the islands of the new government fell, was the established church of that island, with the stipends of clergy and other church expenses being met by the government of
The islands were separated by Royal Warrant from the Diocese of the
The Diocese of the Windward Islands shared a bishop with
Whereas the Diocese of the Windward Islands has been administered from its inception by the Bishop of
And whereas it appears from the records that it was the original intention from its inception that the said Diocese should be administered by its own Bishop so soon as provision therefore could be made financially.
And whereas at a meeting of the Synod the said Diocese held at the Cathedral in St. Vincent on the April 20, 1926, there was a unanimous expression of opinion brought about by the impending retirement of the present Bishop of Barbados, that the time had arrived for making an effort for the carrying out of the original intention.
And whereas it is the desire of the said Synod that the Provincial Synod be humbly approached at the earliest opportunity with the view of obtaining sympathetic assistance and advice in the direction indicated, be it there resolved:
That the Synod places on record its grateful appreciation of past service rendered to the Diocese by the See and Government of Barbados, and humbly requests Provincial Synod to convey the gratitude, and in so doing, to endeavour to obtain some assurance, that should it be found impracticable either to make or to continue to make the necessary provisions for the maintenance of its own Bishop, the Bishop of Barbados for the time being will be placed with the permission of the Government of Barbados to resume the administration of the said diocese.
On March 19, 1927 the Synod of the Windward Islands, comprising of nine clergy and 14 laymen elected Bishop Alfred Berkeley, the retired Bishop of Barbados, as Bishop of the
The last 50 years have seen the diocese going from strength to strength. During these years, some 34 persons from the diocese have offered themselves for the priesthood. Among them is the former Archbishop of the Province of the
1877 Diocese constituted by Letters Patent
1917 Anglican High School of Grenada founded by Archdeacon Walton
1920 The Cathedral celebrated 100th anniversary of consecration as a parish church
1927 The Bishop of
1943 The Church of Holy Trinity,
1947 The Mother's Union organization is introduced into the diocese.
1962 The first consecration took place in the diocese. Archdeacon Harold Piggott was consecrated Bishop of the
1964 Three more Secondary Schools were started: Bishop's Colleges in
1969 The Archbishop of
1970 The Cathedral celebrated its 150th anniversary of consecration as a parish church
1977 The diocese celebrated its centenary
1995 The Cathedral celebrated 175 years
The Diocese in the Province of the
The Diocese of the Windward Islands is one of the eight dioceses comprising the Province of the
Within the diocese are several church-based organizations in which most of the congregations share membership:
The Guild of the Sacred Heart: Many of the women, particularly those who are unmarried, have taken preference to the guilds. These are parochial organizations and do not have any structure like the Mothers'
The Mens' Fellowship: Like the guilds, the mens' fellowships are parochial based. Their membership is about 300 at present.
Communicants Association: This is a group that operates out of the Cathedral Female Congregation. They are mainly responsible for social outreach to the elderly, and presently run a Day Care Centre for the Aged, providing daily lunches to elderly and indigent persons residing the Cathedral parish.
Friendly Societies: These use to be popular among church people 20 or more years ago, but competition from credit unions, cooperatives, insurances and national Friendly Societies offering substantially better benefits, have drastically reduced the number of church based entities.
The young church has identified itself in several organizations for young people.
The Sunday School: The traditional Sunday School is still with us, despite the many attractions and a lessening concern of many parents for Christian Education. The Sunday Schools are all hard pressed to find suitable teachers.
Anglican Youth Movement: The Anglican Youth Movement in the diocese is 21 years old this year, and has branches in most parishes throughout the diocese. In each Archdeaconry there is an Anglican Youth Council made up of delegates from the Anglican Youth Movements. There is also a Youth Advisory Body to assist the Council and the Diocesan Youth Coordinator in the development of programs for young people. The present Diocesan Youth Coordinator is Miss Joan Charles who has been organizing an annual Diocesan Camp and Conference rotated in the three archdeaconries.
Guides and Scouts: Several churches have been able to maintain Scout and Guide troops, and indeed many of the Guides, Brownies, Scouts and Cubs are also members of the
Clergy: Our clergy are trained in a three year program at
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