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St. Paul's, Calliaqua, built in 1840. Cost 1385 pounds sterling 
St.Paul's chapel, 64 by 35 feet.  Built in 1840
Clergy R.A. Warner, A.C. appointed in April 1841
Alexander Dasent named to the curacy of St. Paul's on 04 November 1843.

St. Paul's Calliaqua-History

Alexander DASENT was born 30 April 1819 in Kingstown, St. Vincent. He was the third son of John Roche DASENT and his second wife, Charlotte Martha IRWIN. According to biographical data (, he was educated at Westminster school (at least 1830 to 1832) and King’s College in England. 

This webpage also outlines his further education and career, showing that he graduated 12 June 1843 at Codrington College in Barbados. He became deacon for Barbados on 06 August 1843 (at Holy Trinity church in Kingstown, St. Vincent), and on 09 August 1843, he was named assistant curate for St. George’s in St. Vincent, within the diocese of Barbados. On 04 November 1843, he was named to the curacy of the parochial chapel of St. Paul’s in Calliaqua, St. Vincent. He became a priest in Barbados on 14 August 1844. He was rector of St. George’s and St. Andrew’s in Tobago, 09 January 1844 until 1851. 

On 23 April 1851, he became the curate-in-charge of St. John’s and St. Mark’s in Grenada. On 18 December 1851, he was named rector of Bequia and Grenadines. He married Caroline Mayer GRANT (born about 1826) on 13 October 1847 at St. Paul’s Chapel in Calliaqua, St. Vincent. She was the daughter of the Honourable George Colquhoun GRANT (Colonial Secretary and Treasurer in St. Vincent), and his wife Anne MORE-MOLYNEUX. In 1856 he suffered with yellow fever and returned ill to England. 

He was assistant to Frederick HEBERDEN, the curate of Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, England in the diocese of Canterbury, 1856 – 1862. On 10 August 1863, he arrived in Lyttelton (New Zealand) with seven children on board the EPSOM. Scarlet fever killed three of the children, and another priest, J. C. BAGSHAW, was appointed to Holy Trinity Avonside, in his place. In October 1863 he arrived on The Spit at Waikouaiti in North Otago. He was cure of Waikouaiti, in the diocese of Christchurch, 18 August 1863 to 1875. This cure included the coast between Warrington and Blueskin Bay, inland to Upper Taieri, Hyde, Naseby, Kyeburn, Macgraes, Hampton and Palmerston. 

He held various positions in the diocese of Wellington 1875 to 1897, when he received a pension. He died 22 September 1905 at age 87 in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand, and is buried there in St. Mary’s churchyard. He had at least one son, Alexander Colquhoun GRANT, christened 22 May 1850 at St. Andrew, Rugby, Warwickshire, England. 

1840-1850 John Checkley- Rector

1841-1843- Richard Abbot Warner- Assisant Curate

1843-1849- Alexander Dasent- Assistant Curate

1849-51 Horatio Laborde- Assistant Curate

1852-1855- Horatio Laborde- Rector

1850-1855- William Francis Checkley- Assistant Curate

1856-1863- Horatio Huggins- Curate

1864-1884- Edward Lisle Smith- Rector

1884-1894- Hubert A. Melville- Rector

1894 – 1926  The Rev'd Canon Harold E. Gresham 

1926 – 1933  The Rev'd Fr. Harold Grant Pigott 

1933 – 1934  The Rev'd Fr. G. M. D.  Frederick 

1934 – 1938  The Rev'd Fr. Addington Crispin Johnson 

1938 - 1938  The Rev'd Fr. William Evan Evans

1938 – 1948  The Rev'd Fr. Arthur O. Caslor 

1948 – 1951  The Rev'd Fr. James R. A. Dunn 

1951 – 1952  The Rev'd Fr. Lionel John Paul 


1954 – 1960  The Rev'd Fr. Francis Gabriel Ogden


1961 – 1965  The Rev'd Fr. Michael Julian Odlum 

1965 – 1970  The Rev'd Canon P. John C. H. R. Montgomery 


1972 – 1974  The Rev'd Fr. Brian Alvan Gill 


1980 – 2000  The Rev'd Fr. Richard R. L. Paynter 


2002 – 2009  The Venerable Dr. Sylvanus H. A. Regisford 


2010 - 8/31/2016   The Rev'd Canon O. Samuel Nichols 


9/1/2016 - 12/31/16   The Rev'd Fr. E. Ulric C-Jones (Priest in Charge)

1/1/17 - Present  The Rev'd Canon Ashton Francis
List of Rectors of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, In The Town of Calliaqua, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Diocese of the Windward Islands.
Compiled by the Rev. Fr. E. Ulric Commissiong-Jones - Retired Rector, St. James the Less Episcopal Church, Queens, N.Y.
and the Rev'd Canon. O. Samuel Nichols,  Rector of St. Paul's and St. John's parishes in St. Vincent, West Indies.
The past Rector of St Paul's, Calliaqua , and St. John's, Belair , The Ven. Dr. Sylvanus Regisford, Archdeacon of St. Vincent and the Grenadines retired on December 31, 2009.
The Ven. Dr. Sylvanus Regisford, Archdeacon. surrounded by 
Mrs. Elsa Scott, Mrs. Cheryl (Phills) King and Dr. Baldwin King.

This picture was taken at St. Paul's on July 7, 2002, which was Ven. Dr.  Sylvanus Regisford's first Sunday as Rector of St. Paul's/St. John's. He took up his appointment on July 1, 2002.

The Induction and Institution of the Ven. Dr. Sylvanus Regisford as Rector of St. Paul's/St. John's took place on September 29, 2002, at St. Paul's Calliaqua, at 5:00 p.m.
Hi Villagers and Friends,
It is official - Fr. Regisford is retiring as Rector of St. Paul's and St. John's on December 31, 2009.   He expresses his thanks to Anglicans in the Diaspora and the Villagers, who welcomed him as a" belonger", sought to facilitate his work at St. Paul's, and made him acceptable to the very closely-knit Calliaqua Community.  He has done a great job at St. Paul's/St. John's and we thank him for his pastoral leadership.  We love him and wish him all the best in the future.
The Rev’d Fr. Kari Xavier Marcelle has been transferred to the Parish of 
the Holy Trinity, with St. John, Holy Name, St. Peter and St. Luke, 
Georgetown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as Priest Assistant with 
effect from 7th May, 2012.  His last Sunday/day at St. Paul's/St. John's - May 6, 2012. 

At a ceremony held at the St. Paul's Parish Church, Calliaqua, 
Rev'd Deacon Kari Marcelle was ordained Deacon, Wednesday, December 15, 2010, by His Lordship The Rt. Rev'd Bishop C. Leopold Friday.
He first came to St. Paul with St. John in December 16, 2010.

"The First Ordination to Priesthood administered by Bishop of the Windward Islands - The Rt. Rev'd Leopold Friday." on 29 Sep, 2011, at St. George's, Kingstown.  He celebrated  his first Mass at St. Paul, Calliaqua, on September 30, 2011.  Both events were observed by many in the Diaspora.
The Rev’d Fr. Kari Xavier Marcelle 
We extend best wishes to Fr. Kari Marcelle as he takes up his new position in Georgetown, SVG.
We thank him for all that he has done at St. Paul's, Calliaqua.
 God bless.
Independence Celebrations Launched: Interest in national dress and unity

Joy Browne, former Principal of the Girls’ High School and President of the SVG Union of Teachers, is encouraging Vincentians to foster a sense of national pride, especially through what they wear.

She made the call as she outlined plans by the St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Calliaqua at the launch of the 32nd  Anniversary of Independence Programme of activities at the National Trust compound Carnegie Building last Monday.  Browne is spearheading a Committee from the St. Paul’s Anglican Church which is joining the Independence Committee in the month of activities to observe the landmark.

As part of this year’s 32nd anniversary of Independence, the St. Paul’s Anglican Church will host a Fiesta/Family Fun day  at Calliaqua this Independence Day, October 27, 2011, on the grounds of the Church. That event is expected to get going from 11 am.

That will give persons enough time to freshen up after the Military Parade at Victoria Park earlier that morning.

Browne is urging patrons to the Fiesta/Family Fun Day to wear national colours. There will be prizes for the youngsters whose versions of the national dress show the most creativity.  She appealed to young designers to use the occasion to highlight their skills towards establishing a national dress.

Pan for Independence:
Browne was among delegates from organistions who are contributing to the staging of the Independence Anniversary programme. Among others is the Youlou Pan Movement (YPM).
The YPM climaxes a month-long programme of mini-concerts throughout the state with a Grand Concert at Heritage Square, Sunday October 30.  All the Bands taking part in the mini concerts will be involved in the Grand Concert.

The mini concerts opened at Mesopotamia and Sandy Bay last Sunday with two bands at each venue.

The YPM package continues with events at Vermont and Spring Village this Sunday October 9, and in Union Island Saturday 15 and Layou Sunday 16. Sunday October 23, the vibes swing to Biabou and Park Hill.

The YPM will not be the only entity providing Pan recitals during the celebration. The Pan Against Crime initiative, spearheaded by units of the local constabulary, will bring all the bands that have evolved under its auspices to a Pan Concert at Heritage Square Friday October 28. And the In de Pan Dance activity organized by the Potential Steel Orchestra is scheduled for Calliaqua, Independence day.

Health and Education:
Aspects of health and education are integral to this year’s activities, and the local Medical Association is ensuring that youngsters get a chance to look at career opportunities, with the staging of a College and Career Exhibition at the Kingstown Methodist Church Hall, October 12 and 13.

The Medical Association is driving home the importance of health with a Pink Sale Day on October 7, in Kingstown. That will be a build up to Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Cap City Walk, Friday October 14.

The Education segment will see the Lions Club South/LIME  Secondary School Public Speaking final Thursday October 20. Early Childhood Education Department will also make presentations from October 17 to 26.

The Caribbean Regional Secondary Schools Quiz comes off at the University of the West Indies Open Campus Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20.

Schools will observe internal Independence Activities Wednesday 26, during the morning, and a Rally at Victoria Park that afternoon.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines became an independent country on October 27, 1979.

Minister Wants Unity:
Frederick Stephenson, this country’s Culture Minister, wants unity among Churches here.
His appeal came as he addressed the launch of a month-long (October) programme of activities to mark the 32nd anniversary of independence.

In delivering his address in keeping with the anniversary theme of ‘Working together to transform the nation’, Stephenson told his audience last Monday at the National Trust Headquarters, Kingstown that there must be “common ground if we are to succeed in transforming the nation.”

Finding support from the words of Kenneth ‘Skakes’ Alleyne’s 1979 Independence calypso ‘Our nation is born’, Stephenson stressed the need for all working together, and urged citizens to “turn the other cheek.”

Stephenson pointed to collaboration by opposing political parties on the Bill dealing with the issue of Trafficking of Humans. He highlighted the harmony as a symbol, and indicated that it pointed towards greater nationhood.

Kenneth ‘Skakes’ Alleyne with his ‘Our Nation is Born’, , Gerald ‘Rasum’ Shallow doing ‘Perseverance’ and students of the C. W. Prescod Primary School rendering  ‘SVG I love You’, provided a segment of entertainment at the launch.

Source of article:
The Vincentian
by: William 'Kojah' Anthony

St. Paul's, Calliaqua, 175 years coming up----
dodransbicentennial celebration countdown.
January 25, 2015...Put it on your calendars.

 Canon Nichols Message                                                           25th May 2014

Our Theme for the Anniversary 
175 Years– We Remember, Renew, Reach out

We make choices all the time--what to eat, what to wear, where to go and what to do with our lives. Our lives are made up of choices we have made in the past and the ones that we will make in the future. Choices emerge ultimately from what we care about and value and they materialize often in our preferences and interests. But do our choices serve the well-being of the community or our own interests? Only time will tell. However, when leaders and their communities see their choices and future as intimately intertwined, only then will they approach their choices as a collective act. Until then, they will treat their choices as a private matter, lacking any interdependence or an acknowledgement of individual fallibility.
In our very own country, leaders have made choices during uncertain times that have not always considered the wellbeing of the collective inside and outside our borders, organizations and communities. As a result, many employees, citizens and neighbors live in exile. They are scattered throughout the land, banished from things like adequate food and shelter, clean water, job security, economic prosperity, good government, environmental justice, compassion and empathy, vital faith communities and good, courageous leadership. In these exilic moments, some leaders are forced, but many choose, to live out of a spirit of scarcity versus abundance, fear versus courage, selfishness versus graciousness, the survival of the fittest versus the well-being of the community. Choices like these represent a failure of leadership and a failure of our ability to live up to our highest ideas and morals about who we are, our relationship to each other and what we can accomplish together on behalf of God's saving work in the world. 
Ultimately, our choices have either positive or negative consequences. We can choose to care for what God cares about or not. However, we are certain, whether instinctively or intellectually, that the Lord will attend to those of us who have not lived up to our capacity to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to us. So what is at stake for those of us in congregations and communities? What does God invites a church in transition to care about? What are those of us who love the church called to do?  We are called to care about God's sheep and the next generation of leaders who will care for them. We are called to choose.
175 Years– We Remember, Renew, Reach out!

The Rev'd Canon O. Samuel Nichols was appointed priest of St. Paul's and St. John's Parishes on August 1, 2010. The Rt. Rev'd C. Leopold Friday, Bishop of the Windward Islands Instituted and Inducted
The Rev'd Canon O. Samuel Nichols  
Rector of the Parish of St. Paul, Calliaqua with St. John, Belair on Thursday 24th February, 2011
 The Venerable O. Samuel Nichols has been appointed as Rector and Dean of the Cathedral Parish and Church of St. George, Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with effect from 1st September, 2016. The service of Institution, Induction and Installation will be scheduled after the restoration of the Cathedral. 

Congratulations, love and best wishes to Archdeacon Sylvanus Regisford, former rector of St. Paul's with St. John's parishes, on the celebration of 50 years (Golden Anniversary) as a Priest.  We thank him for his pastoral leadership.  We uphold him in our prayers and wish him continued good health and God's richest blessings.  He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on October 12th, 1966. .......Congratulations Fr. Regisford.......

CONGRATULATIONS: Deacons/Priests connections:
 Happy January anniversaries etc.

Congratulations, love and thanks to The Rev'd Deacon Verbina Richards Gonsalves, ordained Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Served as Deacon at St. Paul's/St. John's until last listed on the bulletin of December 31, 2017.

We thank all others who were ordained in the month of January.

WELCOME TO ST. PAUL'S AND ST. JOHN'S: The Rev'd Canon Ashton Francis 

Appointment: - From the Bishop’s Desk 18th Dec. 2016

I have appointed the Rev'd Canon Ashton Francis as Rector of the Parish of St. Paul, Calliaqua with St. John, Belair, St. Vincent and the Grenadines with effect from 1st January, 2017. The service of Institution, and Induction is scheduled for 5:00pm on Tuesday 2nd May, 2017 at the St. Paul's Parish Church, Calliaqua.

Congratulations, Canon Francis, on your 1 year anniversary at St. Paul's and St. John's.  We extend not only warm anniversary congratulations but we also say thanks to you and wish you all the best as we keep you  & family in our prayers. 
God bless.

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Congratulations !!! Fifty Five Years !!! - 2021

Dr.Sylvanus Regisford

Love & Congratulations to The Ven. Archdeacon Dr.Sylvanus Regisford as he celebrates 55 years (Pre-Diamond) anniversary of Ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests, toiling in the vineyard. Thanks for all that you do and have done especially as Rector of St. Paul's, Calliaqua and St. John's, Belair. May God continue to bless you and your family abundantly. We keep you in our prayers. May you have a wonderful day celebrating this special blessing. You make us all proud. Good job. God bless. Love & Blessings from all of us and the "Villagers," Cheryl, Baldwin & family and the Phills family.