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  • The St. Andrew Parish Church cemetery is now the resting place for retired Bishop of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Right Reverend the Hon. Dr. Neville deSouza.
  • Rev. deSouza, who was the fourth Jamaican to lead the local church, was laid to rest on Tuesday, December 29, following an official funeral service at the St. Andrew Parish Church in St. Andrew.
  • The service, which got underway at 11:00 a.m., was preceded by an hour of musical tributes from the Kingston College Chapel Choir, the Glenmuir High School Choir, the Diocesan Festival Choir and the Jamaican Folk Singers.

The St. Andrew Parish Church cemetery is now the resting place for retired Bishop of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Right Reverend the Hon. Dr. Neville deSouza.

Rev. deSouza, who was the fourth Jamaican to lead the local church, was laid to rest on Tuesday, December 29, following an official funeral service at the St. Andrew Parish Church in St. Andrew.

The service, which got underway at 11:00 a.m., was preceded by an hour of musical tributes from the Kingston College Chapel Choir, the Glenmuir High School Choir, the Diocesan Festival Choir and the Jamaican Folk Singers.

Among the congregants was Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, who read the first lesson. Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Tom Tavares Finson, read the second lesson on behalf of Opposition Leader, Mr. Andrew Holness.

Other Government officials and members of the Diplomatic Corps, were also in attendance.

Bishops and clergy from overseas; clergy and laity from across the Diocese; and members of the ecumenical fraternity, also filled the pews of the packed church.

The 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Rev. deSouza was ordained a Deacon in 1958 and became a priest in 1959.

He was consecrated Suffragan Bishop of Montego Bay in 1973 and was enthroned as Diocesan Bishop in 1979. He guided the ministry of the Church for 21 years until his retirement in 2000.

Bishop deSouza died on December 12 after a long illness.

All native Diocesan Bishops are interred at the St. Andrew Parish Church cemetery.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (left), consoles Mrs. Iona deSouza, widow of retired Bishop of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Right Rev. the Hon. Dr. Neville deSouza, who was laid to rest, today (December 29), following an official funeral service at the St. Andrew Parish Church, in St. Andrew.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (left), consoles Mrs. Iona deSouza,

widow of retired Bishop of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, the Right Rev. the Hon. Dr. Neville deSouza,

who was laid to rest, today (December 29), following an official funeral service at the St. Andrew Parish Church, in St. Andrew.