Bishop Howard Gregory installing a kneeling Rev. Mary Graham as rector last Sunday. (GP)
GRAND CAYMAN – A Barbadian-born woman has become the first priest from the Cayman Islands and the first female to become rector of St George’s Anglican Church in Grand Cayman.
After serving as priest-in-charge for one and a half years, Reverend Mary Graham was admitted as the church’s fifth rector at a special service last Sunday.
The 60-year-old Graham is the daughter of Barbadian long-serving Anglican cleric Rev Laurence Small and Velda Carrington.
Diocesan Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rev. Dr Howard Gregory, was the chief celebrant, and Archdeacon of Kingston, the Venerable Patrick Cunningham, was the presiding Archdeacon.
Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, Rev. Dr Robert Thompson, preached the sermon to a congregation which included Premier of the Cayman Islands, Alden McLaughlin, and Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush, among other dignitaries.
Bishop Thompson said Graham was the right person in the right place at the right time, to provide the kind of transformative ministry needed at St George’s. He advised her to remain humble, compassionate and spiritually discerning.
Graham (née Small) 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.