Well, I was not too sure what the oath of allegiance was, and I later discovered a possible reason for my ignorance. Sister Julie Peters (SSM), in her remarks explained that this oath, which was a necessary part of the preparation for all bishops generally took place in private. Nevertheless, here was Father Harvey making this oath among the people. I felt that this spoke volumes, indicating the kind of leadership he would give – truly one that would be people-focused.
The mood set by the harmonious renditions of the choir was pensive; the western sun, in the approaching twilight, cast a radiant glow on the church. For me, it was a bit surreal. Father Harvey too, had a glow – one, I thought was a glow of grace.
I remember too, the provocative homily given by Agar Alexander, in particular his call for us to (1) learn the faith (2) love the faith and (3) live the faith. I also remember Sr. Julie Peters’ candid sharing of Grenadian realities: that we are a people of resistance and resilience – resistance and resilience provide good soil for evangelisation.