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A new church building for the BDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Bishop of the Anglican Church, Philip Wright, Reverend  Roosevelt Papauloute, the Salvation Army's Major Errol Robateau and other religious denomination representatives were present on Wednesday April 23, as the Belize Defence Force dedicated and consecrated the St. George's church at Price Barracks in Ladyville.

According to CEO in the Ministry of National Security, (Ret.) Colonel George Lovell, there was once a St. George's Church on the BDF compound but it had become termite infested and there was long a need for a new one. He said that the BDF recognized that there was a need for the soldiers to have a place to worship no matter what denomination they were from and the BDF had to accommodate that need. He added that the new retrofitted building which was once a store room now makes life easier for the soldiers since they now have a place to praise within the compound.

For his part, commander of the BDF, General David Jones explained that he had not witnessed a new church consecration in the over 23 years that he has been serving in the BDF. He added that the church was something that was needed in the BDF and he personally pushed to have it. "We need it in the same way that we need a hospital" he said.

Funding for the new church was identified from the BDF's recurrent budget through its program to maintain buildings. Most of the work was done by members of the BDF themselves.