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NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST REMARKS BY THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL HIS EXCELLENCY THE MOST HON. SIR PATRICK ALLEN ON, GCMG, CD, KST.J

Forty years ago, Jamaica experienced some of the most turbulent times in its modern history.  For many persons, peace was elusive and the more than 1,000 lives that were lost bore stark testimony to those frightening events.  It was out of this period of testing and trial, and the ashes of political violence that the National Prayer Breakfast was born.   The cynical will say that the annual National Prayer Breakfast has since lost its purpose and significance, however, I...

GG attends National Prayer Breakfast 2020

Governor- General Sir Patrick Allen, Patron for the National Prayer Breakfast, delivered his remarks at the annual staging of the initiative held at the Jamaica Pegasus on January 16, 2020. Addressing the theme “Pursuing the Power of Peace”, His Excellency issued a call to action for countrymen to model the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi and become ‘Ambassadors and Instruments of Peace’ underscoring the mammoth effect it would have on our communities and nation. The National Prayer Breakfast was...

Governor- General Swears in Chief Parish Judge

On Monday, January 6, 2020, His Honour Mr. Chester Crooks was sworn in as Chief Parish Judge by His Excellency The Most Honorable Sir Patrick Allen in a ceremony held in the Ballroom at King’s House. His Excellencey noted that the occasion signified a major contribution to the ongoing efforts by Chief Justice Brian Sykes to modernize the court system, therefore providing efficient and speedy delivery of justice to all citizens. He implored members of the legal fraternity in the...

Miss World Pinned ‘I Believe Initiative’ (IBI) Ambassador

Miss World 2019, Toni-ann Singh was pinned an ‘I Believe’ (IBI) Ambassador and inducted into the ‘I Believe Initiative’ on a Courtesy Call at King’s House on Monday, December 23rd. Governor- General, Sir Patrick Allen noted that Miss Singh was fit to represent the IBI in keeping with her project at the Women’s Centre Foundation in St. Thomas. The IBI’s mandate “using what is right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong with Jamaica” is actioned through Miss Singh’s passion...

The Governor-General Extends Congratulations to Lorna Goodison, Recipient of The Queen’s Gold Medal For Poetry 2019

  Poet Laureate of Jamaica, Author, and Painter Lorna Goodison CD, has been awarded The Queen’s Gold Medal For Poetry on the basis of the body of her work. Named Poet Laureate in 2017, Goodison’s work is inclusive of Tamarind Season (1980), Heartease (1988), Traveling Mercies (2001), Controlling the Silver (2005), Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems (2006) and Supplying Salt and Light (2013). Sir Patrick Allen is heartened to extend his commendations to Goodison who he has dubbed a “literary...