Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen has urged all Jamaicans and leaders in particular, to treat the principle of trust with the sanctity and seriousness that it deserved.
In his Remarks at the 31st Annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, which took place at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, January 20, Sir Patrick said it was unfortunate that emphasis on the breach of trust was skewed to the political leadership, while other leaders were oblivious to the power they wielded. He said that while the bar was set higher for leaders, “We are all leaders and we are all responsible for Jamaica.”
The Governor-General encouraged leaders to use their offices to share mutual woes, bear mutual burdens, and say a sympathizing prayer, instead of criticizing each other.
Sir Patrick said that despite the cynicism that surrounded the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, it was not a mere ritual, but rather, “an act of proven faith at work, both in retrospect and in prospect.”
Scripture lessons were read by Prime Minister the Honourable Bruce Golding, and the Leader of the Opposition, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller. The Message was delivered by Reverend Dr. Yvette Noble Bloomfield of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Island.
Funds raised at this year’s Prayer Breakfast will be donated to the Menzies family from the parish of St. Ann, to help offset medical expenses for their three (3) physically challenged children.