Barbados’ newest Senator Reverend John Rogers took his oath of office earlier today and pledged to bring his depth of experience in various fields to bear on his contribution in the Upper Chamber.
This morning, the 45-year-old Rector of the St George Parish Church, who over the last few months was one of two Anglican priests up for role of Bishop of that church, was sworn in as an Independent Senator by Governor General Dame Sandra Mason in a brief ceremony .
There to witness the ceremony were Rogers’ mother Mona, wife Cheryl, and daughter Safiya along with Clerk of Barbados’ Parliament Pedro Eastmond and Deputy Clerk Beverley Gibbons.
Senator Rogers has replaced Rev. Michael Maxwell who was recently selected by the House of Bishops to lead the Anglican Church in Barbados after repeated ballots of the Clergy and the House of Laity failed in a bid to select a Bishop.
Following today’s ceremony, Senator Rogers publicly thanked Dame Sandra for the confidence she vested in him, and for affording him the opportunity to serve the nation at the level of the Senate.
The popular priest told members of the media that he now has to become familiar with what his duties as a Senator entail.
“The church in her wisdom gave me an assistant curate just recently, so that will help me very much in terms of balancing my work at St George and in the rural area of St John. But I also believe that it will be complementary rather than opposing,” Senator Rogers responded, when asked how he believed he would manage to balance his role in the Senate with that of a priest.