Newly-elected Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Rt Reverend Dr Howard Gregory is slated to undertake his first major assignment in that capacity this week when he presides over the 142nd annual Synod of the Anglican Church.
The Synod, taking place at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort Spa and Conference Centre, in Ocho Rios, St Ann starting today and ending on Friday, is to be attended by some 300 clergy and lay representatives from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
Focusing on the theme "Lord, renew the Church for its mission and ministry in the nation", it will officially open at 4.30 p.m. with a service at the St Ann's Bay Parish Church.
The high point of the service will be Gregory's inaugural charge to the Church and the nation, in which he is expected to address contemporary challenges and the mission imperatives confronting the Church.
Soon after his election, Gregory, 61, told The Gleaner that while his main focus will be to perform the duties of the church he leads, tackling corruption and other critical issues were high on his agenda for the nation's good.
Gregory's ascension to bishop came after a vacancy was created with the retirement of the Rt Rev Alfred Reid on December 31 last year.
Reid served in that capacity for 11 years.