Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port of Spain

The Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity

 

 

 

Holy Trinity Cathedral
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port of Spain

 

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  1. Location
  2. Contact Information
  3. Our Vision Statement
  4. Our Mission Statement
  5. Organizational Structure
  6. Parish Groups
  7. The History of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
  1. The Cathedral Chapter

Location

30 A Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.


Contact Information

Tel. Office: 623-7271  Fax: 624-9827             Email: motherchurch@gmail.com


Our Vision Statement

“To restore all people to unity with God and one another in Christ”


Our Mission Statement

“We Equip God’s People for Mission and Ministry”


Organizational Structure

The Ordinary of the Cathedral: The Right Reverend Claude Berkley

Interim Rector: The Reverend Father Carl Williams

Christian Education: The Reverend Pam Greaves


Assistant Curates: 

  1. The Reverend Marva Kellman
  2. The Reverend David Pollard
  3. The Reverend Cheryl Mottley

Lay Ministers: 

  1. Mr. George James
  2. Mrs. Joan Brathwaite
  3. Mr. Hubert Phillip
  4. Mr. Brent Miller
  5. Mr. Gerald Hendrickson

Eucharistic Assistants

  1. Ms. Ann Niles
  2. Mr. Alvin Stewart
  3. Mrs. Catherine Virgil
  4. Mr. Suresh Balliram
  5. Mr. Arden McLean
  6. Dr. Phaedra Pierre
  7. Ms. Niasha Joefield
  8. Mrs. Karen Cordner-Crichlow
  9. Mr.  Adrian Gill
  10. Ms. Erica Bayley

Rector’s Warden: Mr. Suresh Balliram

Rector’s Warden Emeritus:  Dr. Alan Patrick

People’s Warden: Mrs. Barbara Reid-James

Verger: Mrs. Janet Thomas-John

Assistant Verger: Mrs. Brenda McLean-Taylor

Organist: Vacant

Assistant Organist: Ms. Gloria Stewart

Organ Scholar: Mr. Ramon Howe (Overseas on Study Leave)                                                                          


Vestry:

  1. Ms. Edwina Leacock
  2. Mr. Jeffrey Austin
  3. Dr. Phaedra Pierre
  4. Mr. Suresh Balliram
  5. Mrs. Melinda Guildford-Clifford- Secretary
  6. Ms. Hazel Harry (ex officio)
  7. Mrs. Karen Cordner-Crichlow
  8. Mrs. Gwendolyn Roberts
  9. Ms. Celeste Hargreaves
  10. Mrs. Myrna Robinson-Walters
  11. Mrs. Barbara Reid-James
  12. Mrs. Catherine Vergil
  13. Ms. Candice Marks

Auditor: Mr. Clifford Blanche

Office Staff:              

Parish Secretary: Mrs. Natasha Hunte         

Accounts/Data Processing Clerk:  Mrs. Traci-Ann Mitchell -Duke                   

Data Recording/Archives Clerk: Ms. Shanice Letren                

Security Staff:

  1. Ms. Renee Samuel
  2. Mr. Trevor Jones
  3. Mr. Steve Douglas

Cleaners:                     

  1. Mrs. Irma Thomas
  2. Ms.  Lynn John

 Gardeners: Mr. Trevor and Mrs. Carlene Clarke


Parish Groups

  1. Mother’s Union
  2. A.C.M.S.
  3. Bible Class
  4. Cub/Scouts
  5. Folk Choir
  6. Hospital Visitation
  7. Prayer & Healing
  8. Sanctuary Guild
  9. Servers’ Guild
  10. Social Outreach
  11. Sunday School
  12. Ushers
  13. Worship Committee
  14. Christian Education
  15. Events Committee
  16. Youth on the Move
  17. Property & Management
  18. Marriage Counsellors
  19. Stewardship
  20. Communications & Public Relations
  21. Archives
  22. Human Resource
  23. Finance and Administration
  24. Disaster Emergency Relief & Welfare Committee
  25. O.S.H.A.
  26. Deanery Committee
  27. T.A.G.S.

Parish Schools:                                  

  1. Trinity College, Moka, Maraval
  2. Trinity Junior Anglican School
  3. Christus Rex Boys’ Anglican School
  4. St. Catherine’s Girls’ Anglican School

Home for Seniors:  Oxford Street (St. Clare) Home


Parish Diary

Monday to Friday Morning Prayer 6:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday & Friday Holy Eucharist 12 noon
Tuesday Medical Clinic 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday Canons’ Ministry (Counselling) 10:00 a.m. – 12noon
Thursday Senior Choir Practice 5:30 p.m.
Friday Folk Choir Practice 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Holy Eucharist 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Holy Eucharist (Said Matins) 6:00 a.m.
1st & 3rd Sundays Sung Eucharist (Choral Matins) 8:00 a.m.
2nd Sunday Oxford Street (St. Clair) Home (2nd Sunday) 10:00 a.m.
4th Thursday Oxford Street (St. Clair) Home (4th Thursday) 10:00 a.m.
2nd & 4th Sundays Choral Evensong & Meditation 5:00 p.m.

Parish groups meet monthly as detailed hereunder:

Bible Class Monday 5:00 p.m.
“Our God Reigns” Prayer and Healing Ministry Tuesday & 7:00 p.m.
2nd Saturday of the month 2:00 p.m.
2nd Saturday of the month 4:15 p.m.
Friends of the Cathedral 1st Tuesday 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Mother’s Union 1st Saturday 2:30 p.m.
A.C.M.S. Wednesday before The 2nd Sunday Of the month 5:00 p.m.
Youth on the Move 3rd Saturday 3:00 p.m.
Girl Guides / Brownies / Rangers Every Friday 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sea Scouts Every Friday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
T.A.G.S. Every Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Marriage Counselling Every other Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Counselling for Singles & Divorces By Appointment
Cathedral Staff Meeting 1st Monday 9:30 a.m.
Cathedral Clergy Meeting 1st Wednesday 8:00 a.m.
Confirmation Youth Classes Saturdays 10:00 a.m.
Confirmation Adult Classes Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Deans & Rectors of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Rev. John H. Clapham 1801-1824
The Rev. George Cummings 1824-1845
(Became the first Archdeacon in 1842)
The Rev. George W. Chamberlain 1845-1847
The Rev. Samuel L.B. Richards 1848-1877
(The Holy Trinity Church became The Holy Trinity Cathedral in 1872)
The Rt. Rev. Richard Rawle 1878-1888
(First Bishop of Trinidad)
The Very Rev. Augustus E. Smith 1888-1914
(The First Rector to be called Dean. In 1902 he was made Archdeacon in addition to being Dean)
The Very Rev. Edward J. Holt 1914-1947
The Very Rev. Harold Beardmore 1947-1948
(Later, Bishop of St. Helena)
The Very Rev. John E. M. Ashworth 1948-1955
The Rt. Rev. Benjamin N.Y. Vaughan 1955-1960
(Later, Bishop Suffragan of Mandeville, Jamaica; Bishop of Belize; Dean of Bangor, Wales; Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, Wales)
The Very Rev. Fredrick D. Chaplin 1961-1968
The Very Rev. Alfred T.P Harrison 1968-1972
The Very Rev. Rawle E. Douglin 1973-1992
The Rt. Rev. Rawle E. Douglin 1992-1994
The Very Rev. Dr. Knolly U. Clarke 1994-2004
The Very Rev. Richard I. C. Sampson  2004-2014
The Right Rev. Claude Berkley      2014-Present
(First Tobagonian as both Bishop &  Ordinary of the Cathedral)

The History of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity which is the mother church in the Anglican Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago stands majestically in the heart of the capital city of Port-of-Spain.  Since its consecration in 1823, this building has been a geographical icon and a national landmark of Trinidad and Tobago.

The first Anglican Church, known simply as the Trinity Church, was a modest wooden building on the corner of Prince and Frederick Streets.  In 1808, a great fire swept through the city, destroying every public building, including the church.  In 1809, the British Crown granted money for the construction of the new church.  The construction was started in Brunswick Square (now Woodford Square), but there were objections from the public resulting in a halt to construction.

On May 30th 1816, the cornerstone of the Trinity Cathedral was laid in its current location on 30A Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain.  Architecturally, the Cathedral reflects the late Gregorian style mixed with the Gothic, as well as elements of the Victorian Age.  The layout was designed by the Colonial Secretary, Philip Reingale.  The magnificent hammer-beam roof is made of local wood and characterized by huge trusses.  The altar is built entirely of selected local mahogany and backed by alabaster and marble mounted on a base of Portland stone.  The stained glass windows showcase magnificent representations of the saints.  The Cathedral is filled with interesting historical items, such as the marble statue dedicated to former Governor and founder of the Church, Sir Ralph Woodford.  Along the walls inside the Cathedral are tablets placed “in memory of” former members of the British elite of colonial days.  The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity was consecrated on Trinity Sunday, May 25th, 1823.


The Labyrinth and the Garden of Peace

The Labyrinth and The Garden of Peace are now well established as sacred spaces of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.  The history of these sacred spaces is linked to two Anglican anniversaries which were celebrated in 1998. That year marked the 175th anniversary of the Parish Church of Holy Trinity, and, the 125th anniversary of The Anglican Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dean Knolly Clarke initiated The 175th Anniversary Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Alan Patrick. In the course of the Cathedral’s celebration, Bishop Rawle Douglin invited Dr. Patrick to extend his chairmanship to the 125th Anniversary Committee of The Anglican Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago. Both committees highlighted the Church’s contribution to this country especially in the areas of Arts, Education and Social Outreach. It was felt that the success of these celebrations should motivate the Church to face the challenges of the future.

At that time, the world was on the eve of the 21st century which signaled enormous cultural changes through the advancement of information and communication technologies. Already, there were two major shifts in the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. With regard to religion, the country still respected rituals, but more people were embracing life as a personal walk with God.  This shift led to the construction of the Labyrinth as a sacred space for private prayer. With regard to final rites, there was also a major shift in the thinking of our national public. The society was becoming more open to cremation and the interment of remains in beautiful sacred spaces. This was the impetus for the construction of The Garden of Peace on the Cathedral Grounds.


The Organ

The Organ
The Holy Trinity Cathedral Organ

The organ was originally installed in 1914 and was built by J.W. Walker and Company, a prominent UK organ builder. It is a three (3) manual (keyboard) instrument with pedals and the variety of stops gives it great versatility in accompanying small, intimate acts of worship and large Diocesan and Civic Services in the Cathedral as well as being a superb recital instrument.

In 2010 the Cathedral authorities embarked on an ambitious programme to have the organ completely re-furbished and rebuilt, and this process is ongoing. The pipework and inner workings of the instrument were cleaned and replaced and repaired, and the new ‘detached’ console (the part of the instrument which the organist plays) has been installed. Thus, we now have a fine instrument which employs the latest in modern technology, including fibre optics, combined with original pipe-work which is now over a century old. We are most grateful for the advice, expertise and skill of Mr. David Burke of Burke Organ Builders of Barbados who has diligently and expertly seen this project through to fruition. It is interesting to note that Mr. Burke was originally trained by Walkers UK who originally built the instrument.

There is still work to be done to enhance and expand the organ. It is also vital that the instrument is regularly maintained and tuned to keep it in pristine condition. This should ensure that its ‘life’ continues well into the next century.


The Cathedral Chapter

“Decani”
Archdeacon of Tobago The Venerable Phillip Isaac
Archdeacon of North Trinidad The Venerable Kenley Baldeo
Stall of St. Boniface Vacant
Stall of St. Chad The Reverend Canon Richard Jacob
Stall of St. Aidan Vacant
   
“Cantoris”
Archdeacon of South Trinidad The Venerable Edwin Primus
Stall of St. Hilda Vacant
Canon Missioner The Reverend Canon Colin Sampson
Stall of St. Cuthbert Vacant
Stall of St. Patrick Vacant
Dean Emeritus The Very Reverend Dr. Knolly Clarke
Archdeacon Emeritus The Reverend Canon Kenneth Forrester
Canon Emeritus The Reverend Canon Dr. Steve West
Canon Emeritus The Reverend Canon Winston Mulcare
Canon Emeritus The Reverend Canon Francis Caesar
Canon Emeritus The Reverend Canon Christopher Drakes
Honorary Canon The Reverend Canon Ronald Branche
Honorary Canon The Reverend Canon Selwyn Nurse