Coat of Arms - Bishop Gordon

 The Coat of Arms of The Most Reverend Charles Jason Gordon, D.D. Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados and Bishop of Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Below is the official explanation of the Coat of Arms as written by its designer Deacon Paul J. Sullivan. It includes the armorial description (Blazon) and the design elements (Significance).

Blazon: Azure, above a chevron Argent, a crescent within a semé of twelve stars, also of the second; issuant from base three hills, with a cross issuant from the valley of the first and second, all of the second and issuant from that same valley a river of the first. As supporters upon the shield at the nombril point, two shields; to dexter: Vert, a flying-fish Argent, accented Or, below two tridents of the last; to sinister: Gules, an altar Or, charged with a Chi-Rho Sable below a fleur-de-lis Argent.  

Significance: The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of
arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design, a scroll with a motto and the external ornamentation. The design is described (blazoned) as if the description was being given by the bearer (from behind) with the shield being worn on the left arm. Thus, it must be remembered, where it applies, as the device is viewed from the front that the terms sinister and dexter are reversed.

The design for Bishop C. Jason Gordon is highly unusual to reflect that His Excellency is the bishop of two separate dioceses. His Excellency’s personal arms occupy the main shield of the design, while the arms of each of his Sees of Jurisdiction are placed as external supporters of the main design.

His Excellency, Bishop Gordon’s
design is composed of a blue field on which is placed a silver (white) chevron, employed as a carpenter’s square, to honour the Bishop’s particular Patron, Saint Joseph, for it was on the saint’s feast day that Bishop Gordon was ordained to the holy priesthood. Above the chevron is a crescent moon surrounded by a scattering (a “semé”) of twelve stars to reflect His Excellency’s deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is described in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 12:1) as “having the moon at her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
The seven-pointed star is characteristic of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron of the Americas. Below the chevron, coming forth from the base of the shield (“issuant”), are three hills, with a cross and coming forth from the valley a
river. This is the logotype of a community called “Living Water Community,” to which Bishop Gordon belongs. The community’s logo incorporates the three hills that Columbus first saw and thus named the island Trinidad, which also refers to the place of birth and home of Bishop Gordon. The beautiful stream is emblematic of the grace that flows from the heart of God (Ezekiel 47); a reference to the Living Water, the Holy Spirit, that Jesus promised (Jn 7:37).

In heraldry, the art and science of the study of what are called “coats of arms,” a point one-third of the way up from the base of the shield is called “the nombril point.” At that point are placed two shields for the two dioceses over which Bishop Gordon will have jurisdiction. To the left (heraldic dexter) is a green shield on which are placed two gold (yellow) tridents above a flying fish, in silver (white) and gold (yellow). The
fish, a symbol of Christ for the Early Church, is taken from the arms of Barbados, and the tridents are taken from the country’s national flag. To the right (heraldic sinister) is a red shield on which is placed a gold (yellow) altar, charged with the Chi-Rho (XP) of Christ, that is under a silver (white) fleur-de-lis, for Our Lady, all reflective of The Faith in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

For his motto, His Excellency Bishop Gordon has selected the phrase “TOTALLY YOURS.” The phrase expresses His Excellency’s knowledge and belief that for Christians to be successful and to achieve Eternal Life, we must give our lives completely to God. This motto expresses his total consecration to Jesus through Mary in union with St. Joseph.

The achievement
is completed by the external ornamentation which are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that is placed in back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and the pontifical hat, called a “galero,” with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop, by instruction of The Holy See, of March 31, 1969.

By: Deacon Paul J. Sullivan Deacon of the Diocese of Providence (RI-USA)

Coat of Arms - Bishop Gordon

 

 

 

 

 

The Coat of Arms of The Most Reverend Charles Jason Gordon, D.D. Bishop of Bridgetown, Barbados and Bishop of Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Below is the official explanation of the Coat of Arms as written by its
designer Deacon Paul J. Sullivan. It includes the armorial description (Blazon) and the design elements (Significance).
Blazon: Azure, above a chevron Argent, a crescent within a semé of twelve stars, also of the second; issuant from base three hills, with a cross issuant from the valley of the first and second, all of the second and issuant from that same valley a river of the first. As supporters upon the shield at the nombril point, two shields; to dexter: Vert, a flying-fish Argent, accented Or, below two tridents of the last; to sinister: Gules, an altar Or, charged with a Chi-Rho Sable below a fleur-de-lis Argent. Significance: The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, which is the central and most important part of the design, a scroll with a motto and the external ornamentation. The design is described (blazoned) as if the description was being given by the bearer (from behind) with the shield being worn on the left arm. Thus, it must be remembered, where it applies, as the device is viewed from the front that the terms sinister and dexter are reversed. The design for Bishop C. Jason Gordon is highly unusual to reflect that His Excellency is the bishop of two separate dioceses. His Excellency’s personal arms occupy the main shield of the design, while the arms of each of his Sees of Jurisdiction are placed as external supporters of the main design. His Excellency, Bishop Gordon’s design is composed of a blue field on which is placed a silver (white) chevron, employed as a carpenter’s square, to honour the Bishop’s particular Patron, Saint Joseph, for it was on the saint’s feast day that Bishop Gordon was ordained to the holy priesthood. Above the chevron is a crescent moon surrounded by a scattering (a “semé”) of twelve stars to reflect His Excellency’s deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is described in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 12:1) as “having the moon at her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” The seven-pointed star is characteristic of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron of the Americas. Below the chevron, coming forth from the base of the shield (“issuant”), are three hills, with a cross and coming forth from the valley a river. This is the logotype of a community called “Living Water Community,” to which Bishop Gordon belongs. The community’s logo incorporates the three hills that Columbus first saw and thus named the island Trinidad, which also refers to the place of birth and home of Bishop Gordon. The beautiful stream is emblematic of the grace that flows from the heart of God (Ezekiel 47); a reference to the Living Water, the Holy Spirit, that Jesus promised (Jn 7:37). In heraldry, the art and science of the study of what are called “coats of arms,” a point one-third of the way up from the base of the shield is called “the nombril point.” At that point are placed two shields for the two dioceses over which Bishop Gordon will have jurisdiction. To the left (heraldic
dexter) is a green shield on which are placed two gold (yellow) tridents above a flying fish, in silver (white) and gold (yellow). The fish, a symbol of Christ for the Early Church, is taken from the arms of Barbados, and the tridents are taken from the country’s national flag. To the right (heraldic sinister) is a red shield on which is placed a gold (yellow) altar, charged with the Chi-Rho (XP) of Christ, that is under a silver (white) fleur-de-lis, for Our Lady, all reflective of The Faith in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
For his motto, His Excellency Bishop Gordon has selected the phrase “TOTALLY YOURS.” The phrase expresses His Excellency’s knowledge and belief that for Christians to be successful and to achieve Eternal Life, we must give our lives completely to God. This motto expresses his total consecration to Jesus through Mary in union with St. Joseph. The achievement is completed by the external ornamentation which are a gold (yellow) processional cross, that is placed in back of the shield and which extends above and below the shield, and the pontifical hat, called a “galero,” with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop, by instruction of The Holy See, of March 31, 1969. By: Deacon Paul J. Sullivan Deacon of the Diocese of Providence (RI-USA)

Talk to this new world culture, Bishop Gordon urged

Bishop Jason Gordon receives applause from the congregation. At left, Archbishop Robert Rivas of Castries, St Lucia archdiocese, and recently ordained Co-adjutor Archbishop Joseph Harris of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago archdiocese.

Bishop Jason Gordon was ordained Bishop of the dioceses of Bridgetown, Barbados and Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, on Wednesday September 21 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Bridgetown. He was installed two days later in St Vincent’s Cathedral of the Assumption.

Bishop Emeritus Malcolm Galt of the diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados,delivered thehomily that
was prepared by Archbishop Edward Gilbert. Archbishop Gilbert was to be the chief consecrator but due to illness did not participate in the ordination Mass.

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Bridgetown - Sees, Country Information

DIOCESE OF BRIDGETOWN

Province of Port of Spain
Established as a Diocese, October 23, 1989
Formerly Diocese of Bridgetown-Kingstown, March 7, 1970
Previously part of Diocese of St. George’s-in-Grenada, February 20, 1956
Previously part of Vicariate Apostolic of British Guiana, April 12, 1837
Comprises the island of Barbados

Barbados

BARBADOS

Barbados became an independent member of the British Commonwealth on November 30, 1966.

In the last official census (1990) the inhabitants numbered 247,288 in a land area of 166 square miles, making for a population density of 1,500 per square mile, one of the world’s heaviest. Of the total figure 92% are of Negro origin, 3.3% white, 0.5% East Indian, 2.6% mixed and the others are not stated.

The Anglicans comprise 33% of the population, Pentecostals 12.7%, Methodists 6%, Seventh Day Adventists 4.5%, Roman Catholics 4.4%, 16.4% belong to many smaller churches and 23% did not answer the question.

Bridgetown - Prelate Information

MOST REVEREND CHARLES JASON GORDON

BISHOP 

MSGR. HARCOURT BLACKETT
Vicar General

Office: St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Jemmott’s Lane, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Residence: Bishop’s House, Lady Meade Gardens, St.
Michael, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-3510 (Office); (246) 424-2366 (Residence); Fax: (246) 429-6198; e-mail: [email protected]

 

Bridgetown - Succession of Prelates

SUCCESSION OF PRELATES

Most Reverend Charles Jason Gordon

Date of birth

Ordained Priest

Appointed Bishop

Ordained Bishop: 21 September 2011

Most Reverend Malcolm Galt
Date of Birth: 9 July, 1929
Ordained priest: 10 July, 1955
Appointed Bishop: 23 April, 1995
Ordained Bishop: 25 July, 1995

Most Rev. Justin Field, O.P.,
Date of birth: 6 July, 1899
Ordained priest: 18 September, 1926
Appointed first bishop of St. George’s-in-Grenada: 14 January 1957
Consecrated bishop: 25 March, 1957
Died: 4 August, 1969

Most Rev. Patrick Webster, O.S.B.,
Ordained priest: 30 June, 1957
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of St. George’s-in-Grenada: 13 July, 1969
Appointed Apostolic Administrator: 5 August, 1969
Ordained bishop: 31 August, 1969
Appointed first Archbishop of Castries: 13 December 1974
Installed: 29 January 1975
Resigned: 10 May, 1979
Died 24 July, 1989

MOST REVEREND ANTHONY H. DICKSON
Bishop Emeritus
Date of birth: November 3, 1935
Ordained priest February 11, 1962
Appointed first Bishop of Bridgetown-Kingstown: October 19, 1970
Episcopal ordination: January 29, 1971
Retired: 23 April 1995
Residence: 188 Hanover Drive, Crystal Heights, St. James BB 23020, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 425-1770
e-mail: [email protected]

Bridgetown - Chancery, Parishes, Clergy

CHANCERY OFFICE

St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Jemmott’s Lane, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-3510; Fax: (246) 429-6198
Vicar General: Msgr. Harcourt Blackett
Matrimonial Tribunal:
Judicial Vicar: Rev. Leonard Alfonso 

PARISHES &
CLERGY

Cathedral: St. Patrick
St. Patrick’s Presbytery, Jemmott’s Lane, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-2325; (246) 426-0971; Fax: (246) 429-6198
Rev. Clement Paul, O.P., Rev. Daniel Woolgar, O.P., Rev. Vibert Stevens

Ashton Hall: Our Lady of Sorrows
Roman Catholic Church, Ashton Hall, St.
Peter, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 422-2179
Rev. Leonard Alfonso

Black Rock: Our Lady Queen of the Universe
The Presbytery, Blackrock, St. Michael, Barbados, W.I.
Tel:
(246) 427-2241
Rev. Leonard Alfonso

The Garden, St. James: St. Francis of Assisi
Besant House, The Garden, St. James, Barbados, W.I.
Tel/Fax: (246) 422-2431
Rev. Michael Campbell-Johnston, S.J.

Maxwell:  St. Dominic
Maxwell Main Road, Worthing 8, Christ Church, Barbados, W.I.
Tel/Fax: (246) 428-7677
e-mail: [email protected]
website: www.stdominicbarbados.com
Rev. Lukasz Kopaniak, SAC; Rev. Arthur Zalewski

Verdun: Our Lady of the Rosary
Verdun
, St. John, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-2325
Rev. Harcourt Blackett

Bridgetown - Apostolic Works, Organisations

APOSTOLIC WORKS & ORGANIZATIONS

CATECHETICAL OFFICE
St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 436-1565
Miss Ann Kelly

CHAPLAINS
Hospital Chaplain:        Rev. Raphael Gallagher, O.P. Tel: (246) 428-7677
Port Chaplain:              Rev. Theodore Taylor, O.P.  Tel: (246) 4299-6197
University Chaplain:     Sr. Martin Dominic Allum, O.P. Tel: (246) 424-2366

CHARISMATIC PRAYER RENEWAL MOVEMENT
Harold & Hermine Cole, St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 429-9086

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Rev. Clement Paul, O.P., V.G., Tel: (246) 426-2325, 426-0971

CURSILLO MOVEMENT
Mr. Joel Scantelbury, St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-2325
LIVING WATER COMMUNITY
94 Regency Park, St.
Michael, Barbados, W.I.
Miss Rosemary Scott, Miss Louis Cockburn, Miss Laura-Anne Phillips

LEGION OF MARY
Mr. Randall Fergusson, St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-2325

MARRIAGE & FAMILY LIFE
St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel
: (246) 426-2325; (246) 436-1565
Mervin & Susan Marshall, National Chair-Couple

RETREAT HOUSE Marian Retreat House
Verdun
, St. John, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 433-1180
Mrs. Joy Ann Joseph

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Mrs. Yvonne Franklin, St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-2325; (246) 426-0971

YOUTH COMMISSION
St. Patrick’s Presbytery, P.O. Box 1223, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 436-1565
Stephen Joseph, Coordinator

Bridgetown - Schools

SCHOOLS

 St. Angela’s Preparatory School
Collymore Rock, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-2636
Mrs. Grace Edey, Principal

St. Patrick’s Primary
Jemmott’s Lane, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-3709

St. Ursula’s Secondary School
Collymore Rock, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 426-5571; Fax: (246) 228-0052
Sr. Elizabeth Ann Pink, O.S.U., Principal

Bridgetown - Religious and Secular Institutes

RELIGIOUS & SECULAR INSTITUTES

 DOMINICAN SISTERS
“Sienna Villa”,
5, Peronne Gap, Worthing, Christ Church, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 435-7427
Sr. Angilla Corraspé, Sr. Elizabeth Blanc, O.P., Sr. Ann Pinkerton, O.P.
131 Rock Dundo, Cave Hill, St. Michael, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 424-2366
St. Martin Dominic Allum, O.P.

MADONNA HOUSE APOSTOLATE
5 Peronne Gap, Worthing, Christ Church, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 435-7427
Misses Maureen Denis, Julie Coxe

ORDER OF PREACHERS (O.P.) (Dominicans)
10 Tenth Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 429-6197
e-mail: [email protected]
Rev. Theodore Taylor, O.P.,
Superior; Rev. Clement Paul, O.P., V.G., Rev Gilbert Coxhead, O.P.
St. Patrick’s Presbytery, Jemmott’s Lane, St. Michael
Tel: (246) 426-2325; 426-0971
Roman Catholic Church, Ashton Hall, St. Peter, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 422-
2179
2 Sisters

SOCIETY OF JESUS (S.J.) (Jesuits)
Besant House, The Garden, St. James, Barbados, W.I.
Rev. Michael Campbell-Johnston
Tel/Fax: (246) 422-2431

SOCIETY OF THE CATHOLIC APOSTOLATE (Pallotines)
St. Dominic’s Church, Maxwell Main Road, Christ Church, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 271-0692
Fax: (246) 428-7677

URSULINE SISTERS (O.S.U.)
Ursuline Convent,
Collymore Rock, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I.
Tel: (246) 429-3954, 426-3832
Fax: (246) 228-0052
Sr. Ignatius O’Flynn, Sr. Mary Claire Zitman, Sr. Katharine Glencross, Sr. Claudiet Jones, Sr. Leonie Decosta, Sr. Julie Hall, Sr. Mary Carmel Pearce,