Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | September 28, 2009
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We owe a lot to the clergy
The Editor, Sir:

Omar Morrison's letter, published on Saturday, September 26, may not be very newsworthy or entertaining to many people, but certainly the suggestion of a clergy appreciation day should not be dismissed.

Jamaica reportedly has more churches per square mile than every other country except, perhaps, the Vatican, which as a nation state, comprises the largest Roman Catholic Church.

Most clergy are also professional teachers, and to give an idea of the worth of the clergy I refer to another North Street icon, St George's College. This high school was established in 1850 and for 159 years has been turning out 'men for others'. The motto of the Jesuits our teachers.

Georgian motto

Georgians will recall the motto of our founder St Ignatius 'AMDG - Ad majorem dei glorian - For the greater glory of God. Many great Jamaicans have passed through STGC - among them Abe Issa, Joe Kelly, Ferdinand Madden, Sam Mahfood, Monsignor Gladstone Wilson, Bishop Percival Gibson (founder of Kingston College), Byron 'The Dragon' Lee and many more of our leaders in political, civic and business life.

This is only one of many schools where the clergy played an important part. We owe a lot to the clergy.

I am, etc.,


Kingston, Jamaica

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