Queen honors outstanding Belizeans

Two Belizeans were honoured by Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday December 5 for   outstanding accomplishments in the fields of religion and education.

Sr. Maria Caritas Lawrence, RSM, EDD and  the Rt. Reverend Phillip Wright B.A., M.A. were both presented with the Order of the British Empire medals by Governor General, Sir Colville Young at Belize House in Belmopan.

Having worked as an educator for the last forty six years, Sr. Caritas Lawrence’s work in religion and education was acknowledged by the Queen and  was duly  honoured with  the OBE medal.

Born and raised on the southside of Belize City, her entire childhood and adolescent years were lived on Cemetery Road.  She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1960 and took her final vows in 1968.

With a Doctorate in Leadership Education under her belt, Sr. Caritas has served her country teaching, promoting educational development, and supervised primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in rural and urban Belize. She also taught in Rhode Island and worked as chaplain for one year at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago.

Sister Caritas is also a member of the Lion’s Club Quest Program, the St. Catherine Academy Board  and the University of Belize Policy Observatory Work Group.

The Anglican Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Phillip Wright, is also a southside resident of Belize City. He was awarded the OBE medal for his many accomplishments in the field of religion.

Bishop Wright spent his childhood in Belize and graduated   as valedictorian from Wesley College before entering the seminary at Codrington College in Barbados in 1989.

In 1992 he graduated from the seminary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the University of the West Indies and a diploma in Ministerial Studies.

Later that year he was ordained a Deacon and then a priest in 1993.  He went on to work primarily in the Pastoral Ministry in Belize and Cayo Districts, while teaching Religious Studies and Physics at the Anglican Cathedral College.

In 1998 he travelled to the United Kingdom to pursue a Master’s of Arts Degree in Theology at the University of Birmingham.  He later graduated in 1999 and has continued to serve the Anglican and Belizean communities to date.

Bishop Wright is married to Carla Suite-Wright.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order is composed of five classes in civil and military divisions. In descending order of seniority, these are:

Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE),

Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE or DBE),

Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE),

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE),

And  Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Only the highest two ranks automatically entitle its recipient to become a knight or dame.

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