The bishops chose Fr. Maxwell after four meetings of the diocesan synod failed to elect a bishop. Each of the elections resulted in a deadlock with the Dean of the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels, the Very Rev. Jeffrey Gibson, receiving a majority of clergy votes with the rector of St George Parish Church, the Rev. John Rogers securing a majority of lay votes. To be elected the candidate must win two thirds of both the lay and clergy delegates.
The West Indian bishops last appointed a bishop in 2015 when the Rt. Rev. Cornell Moss was appointed Bishop of Guyana after its synod failed to agree on a candidate. No date has yet been set for Bishop-elect Maxwell’s consecration. Once he is seated as bishop the House of Bishops may then elect a successor to Archbishop Holder to be Archbishop and Primate of the West Indies.
First Posted on Nov. 16
Author: George Conger