New Port of Spain Archbishop Installed


PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Bishop Charles Jason Gordon of the Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados, has been installed as the 13th Archbishop of Port-of-Spain.

News of the appointment was made early Thursday by Pope Francis.

Gordon, 58, has replaced Archbishop Joseph Harris, who submitted his letter of resignation to the Pope on his 75th birthday earlier this year.

He is the third Trinidadian to lead the local Catholic Church following Harris and the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin.

Gordon was consecrated Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown (St Vincent and the Grenadines) on September 21, 2011, a week after Archbishop Joseph Harris was ordained Co-adjutor Archbishop of Port of Spain. Responsibility for the Diocese of Kingstown was later reassigned in 2016 with the ordination of Bishop Gerard County.

The new Archbishop was ordained a diocesan priest in March 1991 at the age of 32.

Earlier this year, he was elected Vice President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, the regional body of Catholic bishops for the English, Dutch and French-speaking Caribbean territories. – CMC