FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PATRIARCH AND PRESIDING PRELATE
His All Holiness Sir Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson LOM, OHPM, DM
Your Grace Sir Godfrey Gregg Archbishop and Apostolic Head, Your Eminence Sir Eric Alleyne Cardinal, Your Excellency Dr. Patricia Hackshaw Queen Abbess, Your Beatitude Hon. Janet McClean Matriarch-Elect, Your Beatitude Dr. Jacinta Albert Crowned Queen Abbess of Trinidad and Tobago, Bishops, Abbesses, Reverends, brothers and sisters, friends and well-wishers.
Today I celebrate with you four years of existence known as The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc. When I met Archbishop Sir Godfrey Gregg I was Bishop of Starlight of Israel located in Rochester, NY. What started as an online prayer group soon grew into a church and was later registered in this great State of New York. We received all rights and privileges to operate a non profit cooperation under my leadership with my Archbishop as my deputy. The movement spread far as England, Canada, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and St. Croix.
I first served as Archbishop and Apostolic Head until I was elevated to the position of Patriarch and Presiding Prelate two years ago. I have no regret serving and since that time I have seen the Mystical Order grew in members and to a model for others. I have worked closely with my ministers and I want to single out my Archbishop for his hard work and dedication. You will agree with me that we are The Mystical Order because of the Archbishop’s vision.
Today The Mystical Order has it’s own website and emails program reaching hundreds of people. I could not have done it or reached there on my own. It was a great team effort and hard work. Archbishop Godfrey and I have laboured on the phone to get everything put in place. I was never turned away with a request or seeking advice on any matter. This is what ministry is all about and my Archbishop I owe you a lot and thanks for your dedication.
There will not be any celebration this year but there is still plans for the launching of our reorganization. Later I shall address you after I consult with the Archbishop with plans to move forward. There will be some changes and as I approach my birthday later this month I shall declare a decree and Patriarchal Statement. As we pray and thank God for this four years let us draw closer to each other and ask God to fill our hearts with love.
May Almighty God bless you, God bless my Clergy and members, God bless the Mystical Order and the Mystical Court, and God bless these United States of America.