St. George Anglican Church status changed to Pro-Cathedral
Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 30, 2019 (The Pro-Cathedral of St. George – Basseterre) The well-known St. George Anglican Church on Cayon Street, Basseterre, had its status changed from a parish Church to a Pro-Cathedral. The Right Rev’d Leroy Errol Brooks, Bishop of the Diocese of the North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba performed a Service of Recognition on Sunday 29 September 2019 at 4:00 pm at the St. George Anglican Church. The Church is now officially renamed, “THE PRO-CATHEDRAL OF ST. GEORGE, BASSETERRE.” The Rev’d Canon Dwane Cassius, who is currently the Parish Priest at St. George, was named at yesterday’s service (by the Bishop) as the first Provost of the Pro-Cathedral.
The change of name and status of the church is the result of a decision that was made at the last meeting of the Diocesan Synod in July of 2018. As a Pro-Cathedral the Church will now be able to host diocesan services but does not replace the official Cathedral Church of the diocese, which is located in Antigua. St. Kitts is part of the 12 island Diocese of the North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, and the Pro-Cathedral of St. George is one of two Pro-Cathedrals that have been established in the 12 island Diocese. The Diocese is arranged into three archdeaconries:
THE NORTHERN ARCHDEACONRY – this comprises the islands of Anguilla, Sint Maarten/Saint Martin, St. Bartholomew, Saba, St. Eustatius and Aruba; the other Pro-Cathedral, which is “The Pro-Cathedral of St. Mary” is in Anguilla.
Then there is THE CENTRAL ARCHDEACONRY – this comprises the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis with the Pro-Cathedral of St. George here in St. Kitts.
And then there is THE SOUTHERN ARCHDEACONRY – this comprises the islands of Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat and Dominica; the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is in Antigua and is the official Cathedral of the Diocese.