Keynote

Bishop Jason Gordon

Bishop Jason Gordon is Bishop of the dioceses of Bridgetown (Barbados) and Kingstown (St. Vincent and the Grenadines). Is is a member of the Living Water Community where he was a formator, a member of the council and  Moderator of the Brothers (2010-2011).

He did Seminary formation in Trinidad, at the Seminary of St. John Vianney and themUganda Martyrs (1986), his masters in Religious Science (1987) and BA (1988) in Philosophy at the a University of Leuven, Belgium. His Doctorate at Heythrop College, University of London (2003).

He was ordained a Priest in March 1991 and bestowed with the title of Monsignor in 2009.

After his ordination, he began a number of projects in the Living Water Community including Fountain of Hope for young women teaching them the skills of running a business. He was Chaplain and director of Marian House a Centre for Socially Displaced Young Men. With Living Water he was instrumental in starting Trinity Communications Network which broadcast over 12 hours of live original local programming every week. The Sunday Mass at which Bishop Gordon previously presided has a radio and TV audience well in excess of 50,000 people each week. He is the principal of the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications which forms Catholics for ministry in a Digital Age.  He  has been  Spiritual Director to many people discerning their vocation or already in permanent commitment.

In 2003 he was appointed Parish Priest of Holy Rosary and St Martin de Porres in Gonzales. He is credited with founding the Community Intervention Transforming Youths initiative (CITY) to build peace in the troubled community of Gonzales in East Port of Spain. CITY (currently known as.  (CIT+E) is a community project working with all stakeholders — the City of Port of Spain, Government agencies, community groups, the Ministry of National Security, the business sector, religious and community leaders and the gangs and their leaders to find solutions and build peace. It was also the energy and driving force behind Pride in Gonzales the name by which the initiative was known.

This program was praised by the Prime Minister in his 2007 Budget Speech as the solution for crime and violence, developing communities through participatory engagement. He is the recipient of the Motorola Community Policing Award 2006 which is an annual award of the Caribbean Police Commissioners for an outstanding initiative in the region promoting safer communities and building peace. He also received the Alexander B. Chapman Award from the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee for his outstanding contribution to Sport and and promotion of the Olympic ideals of using sports to build peace. He received awards from the City of Port of Spain in 2005 and 2011 and the Gonzales Pan Group for his contribution to transforming the community of Gonzales through a participatory governance model and village revitalization.

In his ministry as a Priest, Msgr. Gordon has sought to develop a model of governance through participation, discipleship through embedding the theology of stewardship and vocations through cultivating communities where the whole People of God discern and live courageously God’s will in their life.

He was ordained Bishop on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 in the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Barbados and on Friday September 23, 2011 he was installed in the Diocese of Kingstown in the Cathedral of the Assumption.

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2 Responses to Keynote

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  2. Rev. Frank Muscolino says:

    Bishop Jason Gordon gave one of the most outstanding retreats for the priests of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama in October of 2013. He is a most gifted preacher and teacher; a true model of a Bishop. He brought healing graces bridging the gap between diverse perspectives and at times divisive behaviors among priests’ in the Church today. One haunting refrain of his was for us all to call out to God for conversion: ‘Bend your will to My Will’. Thank you for being so honest and so real; the spirit you brought to us continues in our minds and hearts. Keep the fire burning wherever you go! Rev. Frank Muscolino

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