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“When someone approached me and said ‘Bishop’, I used to look around to see who they were speaking to, but I think I am slowly getting accustomed to the title”.

That was Bishop John Persaud’s response to a question about his experience transitioning from parish priest in Georgetown, Guyana, to Bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica.

On Friday, June 19, it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed the Guyana-born priest to be the fourth bishop of Mandeville. However, due to the uncertainties of regional travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, he had to remain in Guyana until August 18 when a private aircraft took him to Jamaica for his ordination, Saturday, September 19.

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