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Letters from the week of 18 - 24 December 2017

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Antigua and hurricane relief

On 7th December 2017 I visited the Caribbean Island of Antigua. I had visited the Cathedral of St. John on the Island some twenty years ago and following the devastation caused by hurricanes at that time. My partner and I wanted to visit again this year, also following devastation caused by hurricanes. We were appalled at the deterioration in the Cathedral. We were unable to enter more than a few feet beyond the main door. The Cathedral have been desperately trying to raise funds to undertake very urgent construction work for the last eight years.


The whole Island is suffering, it made us ashamed to be Englishmen. Great Britain had duties and responsibilities to the people and this Island until a very few years ago. Isn’t it feasible to launch appeals through the Anglican Communion to help a community who are committed to their faith? As to the British Government, Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary visited this area very recently but has provided no reassurance of help. Presumably his visit was merely a political publicity stunt. I hope it is possible to publish my letter in the hope that the Anglican Community will be moved to help rebuild a valuable Christian Island.

Rodger Dodson
Saint John’s Cathedral, Antigua,
Tias, Lanzarote, España
18 December 2017

(Ed: We would recommend that you write the Anglican Communion Office directly with this appeal. Their contact page has methods to do so via email, phone, and mail.)

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