Diocese of Barbados
Holy Cross Church
Society, St John
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Priest-in-Charge: The Rev Kim Welch
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Times of Services

Sunday

9.00 am

Wednesday

9.00 am St Raphael

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7112007_95123_0.jpgHISTORY

Holy Cross Church owes its existence to Christopher Codrington, founder of Codrington College who died on Good Friday 1710.  He left his estates to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG), to be administered by them as a trust for the executing of his famous Will to found a College for the training of priests, and for the betterment in soul and body of the people on his estates.

In 1712,  the SPG sent out the first Catechist to minister to the people on the estates, and soon many were baptized and admitted to the other sacraments of the Church.

In 1819,  a small wooden Chapel called  Society Chapel because it was owned by the SPG was built to serve the people, but it was destroyed soon after by a lesser hurricane.  A stone Chapel was built to replace it and was opened on June 3, 1821.  This, too, was destroyed by the hurricane of 1831.  The present Chapel was built and consecrated by Bishop William Hart Coleridge on July 30, 1833      .
              
In 1864,  the Chapel was enlarged adding the north aisle and the Sanctuary.  This work was designed by Bishop Richard Rawle, Principal of Codrington College and Chaplain of the Chapel who did much of the carving and bore much of the cost from his own income. The South Transept which was first used as a Vestry was also added.   The Pulpit was carved by one of Bishop Rawles  pupils, Mr. Benjamin Thorne.

The hurricane of 1898 greatly damaged the Chapel destroying all the stained glass windows except the central one.

In 1954, extensive repairs and alterations, including the present two coral stone Altars, were carried out.  On July 11 the same year, the new coral stone Altars, the High Altar to the Holy Cross (hence its present title), and the side Altar to Our Lady and St. Christopher were consecrated by Bishop Gay Lisle Griffith Mandeville.  On this occasion, the name was changed from Society Chapel to the Chapel of Holy Cross.

Holy Cross was made a full Ecclesiastical Parish in the Diocese in with the appointment of a Priest-in-Charge in 1974.


FORMER CLERGY


1712
1715
1725
1743    
1754
1759
1789
1793    
1801
1818
1827    
1831
1843
1848
1852
1860
1861
1863    
1864
1866    
1867
1881-1882
1889
1889
1890    
Joseph Holt
Charles Love
Thomas Wilkie
Joseph Bewsham
Thomas Falcon
Thomas Hodgson
Husbands
William Thomas
William Marshall Harte
John Hothersal Pinder
John Packer
Thomas Watts
E.H. Parry
Richard Rawle
John Bradshaw
M.A. Blagg
E.P. Smith
Abel Phillips
Charles Webb
Charles Clarke
John Parry
Alban Henry Wright
Samuel Fitt Branch
Arthur Hombersley
William Lowndes
1891-1905
1905-1911
1911
1913
1913
1918-1944
1946-1948
1948
1954
1955-1960
1960-1967
1967-1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1974-1976
1976-1979
1979-1987
1988-1991
1991-1994
1995-2000
2000-2005
2006-
Frederick Gilbertson
Frederick Julian Briggs
Arthur Henry Anstey
Harold Edwin Doggett
Edward Joseph Lee
John Cecil Wippell
C.A. Sayer
Walter Eric Dash
G.K. Wrigley
Humphrey Webster Whistler
William Henry (Gabriel) Sanford
Claud M. Lunniss
Ulric Smith
Oswald Everton Jones
Harry Callaghan
Noel FitzAllan Titus
Overton Gilkes
Bernard McF. Griffith
Harold St. Clair Tudor
Geoffrey DeCarlos Mayers
Monrelle Theophilus Williams
John Walder Dunlop Holder
Erma Ismay Ambrose
Kim Welch



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