The Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of St. George’s has ordained Grenada’s fifth Bishop, exactly one year and three months after the death of Grenadian-born Bishop, Vincent Darius.
The ceremony which was conducted under the theme, “From the Market to the Cathedral and Back,” was held Saturday at the Spice Basket in Beaulieu, St. George
The three-hour long ceremony saw the patronage of Catholic Ministers, Ministers of Government, visiting Bishops and Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, members of the Grenada Conference of Churches and a wide cross section of the Catholic faith.
The newly ordained Catholic Bishop, Clyde Martin Harvey is a native of neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago and has been serving the Twin Island Republic as an ordained priest since 1979.
Weeks before he was appointed as Bishop to Grenada, the priest had a brush with bandits as he was robbed at gun point in his homeland.
The homily at the ceremony that generated mixed feelings among the Catholic community on the island given the chosen venue saw Archbishop Robert Rivas OP giving sound advice to Bishop Harvey.
“Bishop-elect Clyde, you are the gift given to the church in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. In appointing you as Bishop of the Diocese of St. George’s in Grenada, Pope Francis has put his trust and confidence in you to lead the local church and give hope to the people of this nation, rule wisely and with a gently heart. Today the Spirit of God rest on you to anoint you and consecrate you for your mission”, he said.
“…The Clergy will be looking to you for support, direction and leadership. The religious will be looking to (you) for affirmation and inspiration. The Laity will be looking to you for leadership by example; a leadership that will give them confidence in living their faith. A leadership that will be consultative, attentive to their voice and empower them to act with greater core responsibility for the growth and progress of the church”, he added.
Relaying his relationship with Bishop Harvey which stems back to August 1979, President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference, Gabriel Malzaire addressed the gathering on Saturday.
“Thirty-eight years ago, Fr. Clyde Harvey received me in fear and trembling as a student. From today onwards, you will be given new titles like his Lordship, My Lord, and sometimes Your Excellency, depending on where you are at a given time. These titles don’t have to mean very much to you…leave it up to the honour associated with these titles will be for the benefits of the entire body of Christ. But I don’t have to tell you that it is not going to be a bed of roses”, he said.
“Given your recent encounter on this near faithful day on June 1st in Trinidad…should not be underestimated; it has its own lessons to teach. Your configuration to Christ especially to this office will not always be laced with positive affirmation…I know that you are a very handsome man, as been said byArchbishop Rivas but know that good looks was not the reason why you were chosen; be assured that there is a great deal of work to be done, not only in Grenada but also in the region”, he remarked.
In addressing the hundreds assembled at Spice Basket, Bishop Harvey sought to explain the theme “From the Market to the Cathedral and Back” on his mission in Grenada.
“…I am inviting you to remember the importance of the market place in the history of Grenada; to remember the importance of the market as the place of assembly and to know that you must always be in the market …In fact, to get to the church, you must climb that steep hill to go up to our Cathedral, yes, but we must never stay in that Cathedral but we must come down back into the market place again…”, he said