November 5 was a special day for the community at Farm, Lititz as Archbishop Charles H. Dufour, along with Fr. Paul Ruwaichi, launched a Mission there with the celebration of their first Mass, under a tent in the in the backyard of Miss Hazel Gooden. Forty persons were in attendance.
Fr. Rohan Tulloch, Deacon Ronald Thwaites and Mrs. Margaret Brissett-Bolt were the special guest speakers for a Lay Leadership Session on October 31 on “The Way Forward”. Over 100 priests, religious and lay faithful were in attendance as the speakers encouraged them to create a vision of the future of the churches and the Diocese.
On October 16, 2017, Fr. Marek Bzinkowski, Pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Maggotty, was honoured at King’s House with the Badge of Honour for Meritorious Service, joining the ranks of persons recognized this year by the Governor General of Jamaica for outstanding contribution to Jamaica.
The annual Diocesan Bible Quiz Competitions for Youth, and Adults, took place this summer at Mercy Hall in Mandeville. Youth and adults from parishes across the Diocese had been studying the Gospels for weeks in anticipation of these two events which took place during the summer. This year, there were a number of surprise, unseen questions to create an even greater challenge for participants.
On June 25, 2017, the Diocese celebrated 25 years of existence as a Vicariate and Diocese at the Kendal Conference Centre in Manchester. Over 1,000 persons from all three Dioceses, as well as specially invited guests, friends and supporters from Jamaica and overseas turned out to celebrate the momentous occasion.
September 2017 marks the start of the fourth academic year since the opening of Mount Saint Joseph Catholic High School. At their Opening Mass, Archbishop Charles H. Dufour congratulated Mrs. Cheryl Ann Gayle, principal, for the schools’ first place position with 100% passes in CAPE, an external examination for students who have completed Grade 13. These were the results for the first set of 6th form students accepted to the school, who sat their examinations in 2016.
In the summer of 2017, the Diocese held a special function to recognize and celebrate teachers and staff who have given long and outstanding service to the schools of the Diocese. Mrs. Eda McLaren welcomed guests and gave a History of the Schools in the Diocese. The Most Rev. Charles H. Dufour gave greetings and presented trophies to 15 teachers who had served for over 15 years, and four teachers who had served for over 25 years.
Her Excellency Ambassador Audrey Marks welcomed Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston Charles Dufour and currently Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mandeville to the Embassy of Jamaica in July 2018. Also on hand was Mrs. Marsha Core Lobban, then the Deputy of Missions and Joy Dufour, sister to Archbishop Dufour.
A function was held recently at St. John Bosco to facilitate the distribution of the proceeds of the 2016 Mandeville Art Fair to representatives of the ministries and schools of the Diocese. The 25th Anniversary of the Art Fair has been the most successful so far, yielding $2.7Million or approximately US$21,600 for distribution.
Archbishop Dufour was ordained to Priesthood on August 12, 1970. His Episcopal Ordination took place on February 10. He has been Associate Pastor at Holy Rosary Church, Windward Road and St. Joseph’s Church, Spanish Town. Read full bio