Barbadian Female Rev. Admitted as New Rector at St. George’s Anglican Church in Grand Cayman
by Bajan Reporter / December 18th, 2014
Diocesan Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Howard Gregory, was the Chief Celebrant, and Archdeacon of Kingston, the Venerable Patrick Cunningham, was the Presiding Archdeacon.
The Rev. Mary Graham became the first priest from the Cayman Islands and the first woman to become Rector of St. George’s Anglican Church in Grand Cayman. After serving as Priest-in-Charge for one and a half years, she was admitted as the church’s fifth Rector at a special service on Sunday, 14 December 2014.
In his sermon, Bishop Thompson said that Rev. Graham was the right person in the right place at the right time, to provide the kind of transformative ministry which is needed at St. George’s. He advised the new Rector to remain humble, compassionate and spiritually discerning.
Other clergy visiting from Jamaica who participated in the service were the Rev. Ula Ruddock, the Very Rev. Franklyn Jackson and the Rev. Canon Georgia Jervis.
Rev. Graham (néeSmall) is a native of Barbados, and has been resident in the Cayman Islands since 1978, with her husband, Desmond, and adult sons, Nicholas and Andrew. In 2012, she was awarded the Medal of Honour-Officer Class by the Cayman Islands Government to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
She was educated in Barbados at Queen’s College, Erdiston Teacher’s Training College, and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill; in Jamaica at the United Theological College of the West Indies, and the University of the West Indies Mona; and in the United States at North Atlanta Tri-Hospital Clinical Pastoral Education Centre, Georgia.
Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Thompson, preached the sermon to a congregation which included Premier of the Cayman Islands, Alden McLaughlin, and Leader of the Opposition, McKeeva Bush, among other dignitaries.
Rev. Graham is the daughter of the Rev. Laurence Small and Mrs. Velda Carrington.