St. John’s-Basseterre - Prelate Information

Church Street, P.O. Box 836, St. John’s, Antigua
Tel: (268) 461–1135; Fax: (268) 462–2383; e–mail: [email protected]


Bishop Kenneth David Oswin Richards was born in Linstead, St Catherine, Jamaica on August 16th 1958.  A convert to the Catholic faith, he was baptised Anglican. He attended Catholic primary school where he was influence by Mass daily. He joined the Church while he was relatively young and was an altar server. The holy priesthood was never considered. His life took a different course after two friends who were considering the priesthood, invited him to a series of vocations meetings. After graduation from St Catherine High School, on attending one such
meeting where each aspirant met individually with the then director of vocations, Fr Charles Dufour, the young Kenneth Richards accepted an invitation to enter the St James Seminary, and his plans of becoming a lab technician or policeman were set aside.

In 1979, he entered St Michael Major Seminary, affiliated to the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica, where he obtained a Bachelor in Theology. He later furthered his studies at the Catholic University of America – Washington DC where he obtained a Licentiate in Moral Theology. He was ordained to the Diaconate on the 28th September 1984 and the priesthood on the 29th September 1985. Since his ordination as a priest, he has held many positions in the Archdiocese of Kingston in Jamaica.

  • 1985-1989 Associate Pastor, Holy Cross
  • 1989-1995 Pastor, St Benedicts, African Martyrs, Christ the King
  • 1995-2003 Pastor of St Jude’s, St Patrick’s and Christ the Redeemer churches
  • 2004-2011 Administrator of Holy Trinity Cathedral
  • 2008-2011 Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Kingston

In June 2009 he was bestowed the title of Monsignor and more recently, appointed Bishop of St John’s-Basseterre on November 19, 2011. Bishop-elect Richards has headed many school boards as well as the Diocesan Priests Association in Jamaica. He was also the Director of Vocations and youth Coordinator for the Archdiocese
of Kingston. His influence was not limited to the Archdiocese as he served as Station Pastor – Mobile Reserve; Chairman, Board of Visitor Horizon Remand Centre; Chairman, Junior Centres; Council Member, Institute of Jamaica and Observer at Jamaica National Heritage Trust; Vice President, Jamaica Council of Churches and at various times Chairman of Ministers’ Fraternals.

Bishop Richards enjoys basketball and played in the National League with Mustangs (as a priest), St Catherine All Stars, Excelsior Eagles. Squash, motoring and listening to music are among his past times. His favourite things include celebrating the Eucharist, preaching the Gospel, counseling (especially marriage counseling) and working with people. Matthew 5:48 “Be holy…” has been his motivation as a priest.


Curriculum Vitae – Kenneth David Oswin Richards, J.P., BA., S.T.L. -


Date of Birth               16 August 1958

Place of Birth              Linstead, St. Catherine, Jamaica

Ordained                     29th September 1985


Catholic University of America –Washington, Licentiate in Sacred Theology-Morals

St. Michael’s Seminary- University of the West Indies – Bachelor of Arts – Theology

St. James Seminary,St. Catherine High School,Gregory Park All-age School,St Catherine Primary Schoo,lSt. Catherine Basic School,Bailey’s Basic School

Parishes worked in

Holy Trinity Cathedral            Administrator  2004-

St. Judes, St. Patrick’s & Christ the Redeemer Church – Pastor 1995-2003

St. Benedict’s, African Martyrs, Christ the King – Pastor 1989-199

5Holy Cross Church, Associate Pastor, 1985-1989

Associations and Boards

President – Diocesan Priests Association       Present and 1992-1998

Chairman, Presbyteral Council – Present

Chairman – Board of Visitor Horizon Adult Remand Center – Present

Vocations Director – Archdiocese of Kingston 2002-2005

Youth Co-ordinator – Archdiocese of Kingston 1989-1999

Vice-President  Diocesan Priests Association 1988-1992

President St. Catherine High School Alumni, 1996-1998

Member, St. Catherine High School Board, 1996-1999

Chairman, St. Patrick’s Primary School Board, 1996-2003

Chairman, St. Benedict’s School Board, 1989-1996

Chairman, St. Jude’s Primary School Board, 1996-2003

Vice-Chairman Convent of Mercy Academy (ALPHA), Present

Member, St. George’s College School Board, Present

Member, Holy Trinity School Board, Present

Station Pastor – Mobile Reserve – Present

Member, Waterhouse Minister’s Fraternal 1995-2003

Chairman, Downtown Minister’s Fraternal Present