Wednesday 22 May, 2019

Anglican Bishop: Justice Weekes is most worthy candidate

Bishop Claude Berkely has described Justice Paula Mae-Weekes as a most worthy candidate for President of Trinidad and Tobago.

Weekes was announced on Friday as the Government’s candidate to assume the role of President when President Anthony Carmona’s term expires.

Weekes is a member of the Anglican congregation and currently serves as Chancellor, one of the highest positions in the church.

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“From the initial feedback most people are elated by the nomination and from my own point of view she is a most worthy candidate for such a high office given the work she has done before and the way she has been prepared for a bigger task like this as a judge of the court of appeal and the Chancellor, the top legal officer of the church,” said Berkely.

“She has been the Chancellor for 20 years or so and carried herself with the appropriate dignity, soundness of mind and judgement that has guided us very well in terms of our challenges and action in relation to the community situations we had to encounter,’ he added.

Commenting on her stewardship in the church, Berkely said Weekes has also served as the Superintendent of the Sunday School at the All Saints Church which she attends.

“She has brought that added extra, given her own exposure to legal education because we know she has been a lecturer at Hugh Wooding Law School and she has brought all those skills to bear in the Sunday School and has brought innovation in religious education in the church. She has added a touch to make it more exacting and appealing.  She is very active in the church and carried her position very well,” said the Bishop, noting that should she become President the church will be in need of a new Chancellor.

However, he said, the foundation of church‘s teaching is service to one another and the wider community.

“So if that is her calling we must wish her well and pray that this is God’s action.”

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