St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda: Prior to leaving his post as Dean of the St. John’s Anglican Church in Antigua and Barbuda, the Very Reverend Dean Rudolph Smithen, recently paid a courtesy call on the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams.
During their discussions, the Dean recounted his over forty (40) years of service in the clergy and shared some of his experiences. In response, the Governor General commended Dean Smithen and shared his view that service as a church leader is indeed one of the highest callings in life.
The Governor General stated that it is noteworthy, that in addition to being shepherd of the flock, Dean Smithen undertook the major task of restoring the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral and although he was unable to complete it before retiring, he had much to be proud of. Sir Rodney also used to opportunity to applaud the efforts of the Cathedral Restoration Committee, the congregation and all the supporters of the project which is designed to return the St. John’s Cathedral to its former glory.
The courtesy call ended with His Excellency expressing best wishes to Dean Smithen and his family as they transition for further service in the parishes of St. James and St. Thomas in Nevis, following his retirement from work in Antigua and Barbuda at the end of January 2016.