January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, is a special day, referred to as Bishop’s Day. Each year, members of the Women’s Auxiliary (WA) – a major Diocesan Organisation – gather for worship led by the Diocesan Bishop, in one of the three regions – Kingston, Mandeville or Montego Bay. Bishop’s Day 2022 will be held at St. Luke’s Church in Cross Roads, Kingston. The Celebration will start with the colourful procession of banners for the various branches across the Diocese, followed by Sung Eucharist and Sermon at 9.00 am.
The Service will be followed by the Business Session at which the Bishop will report on the use of the funding support received from the Organisation in 2021; and then members will present their gifts for the new year to the Bishop.
The Anglican Women’s Auxiliary (WA) was established in Jamaica in 1940.
From its small beginning, the Organization has grown to include more than 35 branches islandwide; and it plays a pivotal role in the life of the Diocese, guided by its principles of Worship, Work and Witness.
One of its main objectives is to raise funds for the Diocesan Pastoral Aid Fund which is administered by the Diocesan Bishop to:
Assist Cures that face challenges in terms of their financial viability;
Augment the pensions of retired members of the Clergy and other Church workers, as well as assist with emergency health and other needs which may arise;
Assist in any other circumstances as is deemed necessary by the Bishop
The Women’s Auxiliary also provides financial assistance to the Education and Youth Department, as well as Anglican Basic and Primary Schools.
Prepared by: Lorna Lowe
Chairman, Women’s Auxiliary