Catholic Bishop Jason Gordon is preparing to take up a higher position in his native Trinidad and Tobago.
Gordon is to be installed as the 13th Archbishop of Port of Spain after his appointment by Pope Francis was officially published on the Holy See Press Office’s website earlier today.
The 58-year-old religious leader replaces Archbishop Joseph Harris, who retired in March at the age of 75.
Archbishop-elect Gordon, whose spiritual journey began while he was a student at Fatima College in Trinidad, formally entered the priesthood in March 1991 at the age of 32.
Twenty years later, on September 21, 2011, he was appointed Bishop of Bridgetown and Kingstown following the retirement of Bishop Malcolm Galt.
However, after spending just six years at the helm of the local Diocese, Gordon, whose tenure was marred by an assault allegation made by one of parishioners, for which he was later vindicated by the court, is headed back home to Trinidad.
“Archbishop-elect Gordon is sure to bring his energizing and motivational leadership style to the Archdiocese of Port of Spain. The Diocese will surely miss its Bishop,” the local church said in a statement today in which it hailed Gordon’s leadership.
“Some of his achievements include Synod 2014, [the] Catholic Media Centre, social justice programmes, reintroduction of the Permanent Diaconate programme, the establishment of the people development organization – the Hub – and the promotion of family and youth evangelization.
“His hard working nature is now infused in the diocese and his spiritual leadership has created a vibrant and dynamic diocese,” the statement added.
However, there is no word yet on a likely successor.