Barbadian Winston Layne Makes History by Becoming First Married Anglican Pastor to Become a Catholic Priest

Ordained deacons in transition Winston Layne (L) and Kirt Prospere stand before Bishop Charles Gordon to be blessed at the end of their ordination ceremon
Ordained deacons in transition Winston Layne (L) and Kirt Prospere stand before Bishop Charles Gordon to be blessed at the end of their ordination ceremon

A Barbadian made religious history this week by moving from the elevated position of an Anglican priest to be ordinated as a Catholic priest.

Last December Winston Layne had participated in another piece of Barbadian history as one of two citizens as ‘transitional deacons,’ marking the first time in over four decades that persons from Barbados had been consecrated and set on their way towards becoming ordained ministers of the Catholic Church.

At that time, in his transition to the Catholic priesthood he also made history for being a married man pursuing such standing in the diocese.

That ordination six months ago made him the only Barbadian since Father Leslie Lett in 1998 to convert from the Anglican priesthood to Catholicism to serve as a deacon and as a married man.

“For Winston [Layne] we’ve had to ask special dispensation because clerical discipline is that anyone that will become a priest needs to be a celibate,” said the then Bishop Gordon, who himself has since been elevated to the position of Archbishop. “We’ve received from Rome special dispensation for him to become a priest within the Catholic Church and as a married man.”

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SOURCE: GEORGE ALLEYNE
Caribbean Life News