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Retired Anglican bishop passes away

Reverend Neville Wordsworth deSouza, who served as the 12th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, passed away Saturday at his home in Jamaica.

Reports from Kingston said Bishop deSouza died at this home in Mandeville, where he lived since retiring in 2000.

The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, which first reported the news of his passing, recalled that the retired bishop was noted not only for his mission in the Diocese which he headed, but for his ecumenical service which led his election to leadership positions in other denominations and organizations locally and overseas.

He was elected Suffragan Bishop of Montego Bay in 1973 and Lord Bishop in 1979. Bishop deSouza also served as chairman of the Caribbean Conference of Churches between 1972 and 1981.

The Jamaica government conferred him with one of the country’s highest honours, the Order of Jamaica.

Bishop deSouza was 87 years old. 

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