Archbishop Jason Gordon was the celebrant at a private Mass for diocesan priests at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, March 12, the 18th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Gordon Anthony Pantin.
The Mass took place at the memorial chapel where the bodies of Archbishop Pantin and Bishop John Mendes are entombed.
Archbishop Gordon shared his memories telling the priests the passing of Archbishop Pantin was like losing a father, a “spiritual father”. “He confirmed me, he ordained me, he was a source of wisdom”, he commented. Priests were invited priests to share their stories and the recollections evoked smiles and chuckles.
In brief remarks Archbishop Gordon said in good and the challenging times of 1970 (Black Power Revolution) and 1990 (attempted coup), Archbishop Pantin was a man of tremendous hope that “God will see us through somehow”. He asked for the intercession of the late archbishop that “through God’s incredible grace we will find a way to be Church God wants us to be”.
Fr Gabriel Julien delivered the first reading, Fr Harold Imamshah sang the responsorial psalm and led the hymns with accompaniment by Carlyle Jeanville. The Gospel was proclaimed by Fr David Khan.