Vincentians in the New York area gathered for an Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving, at The Church of St. Mark, Episcopal, on Union Street in Brooklyn and the guest pastor, Bishop Dr. Kenroy A. Cuffy, had a bit more to say than ‘Happy Independence SVG.’

During his time on the pulpit, Bishop Cuffy seized the opportunity to share his views on the direction in which he believes SVG’s moral compass is heading while urging Vincentians abroad and at home to align this moral compass in the correct direction once again. The Bishop highlighted that he believes SVG is being influenced by other nations and should not allow the culture of more developed countries to dictate the change in our nation’s God-fearing culture. The Bishop went on to welcome listeners to practice morals of what he refers to as the good old days where Vincentians genuinely loved their neighbors and looked out for everyone’s child. Dr. Cuffy also mentioned his belief that the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines requires a divine intervention to restore it’s God-fearing, Christian culture.

Bishop Dr. Kenroy Cuffy’s text for this service was 2 Chronicles 7:14, and he drew reference to it in his statement, “I believe that it is imperative that we take into consideration that the responsibility and obligation are ours to make our nation a beacon of hope and remain the Gem of the Antilles.” The scripture, which was first read in the church service by Dr. Roxie Irish, the Vincentian-born Youth Minister at Miracle Temple Ministries in Brownsville, Brooklyn, reads: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”