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Deacon Hanif Johnson will be ordained a priest tomorrow.
Deacon Hanif Johnson will be ordained a priest tomorrow.
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A Vincentian police officer will be ordained to the Holy Order of Priests within the Anglican Archdeaconry of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The ordination of Hanif Johnson to the Holy Order of Priests will take place on Monday at 5 p.m. at the St. George’s Cathedral in Kingstown.

Johnson, a deacon, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Barbados and holds a Bachelor in Theology and Second Class honours in Associate of Science Degree from the UWI Open Campus in St. Vincent.

Johnson is a past student of Emmanuel High School, Mesopotamia and was valedictorian when he graduated in 1992.

He is a constable of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force and has worked in several departments the Police Force.

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He credits the constabulary for instilling discipline and obedience in him.

Johnson, who is also a farmer, says he sees life as “a gift from God — living in obedience and being of service to God.

“Being a priest is full of challenges. My hope is in the Lord who brought me through all my difficulties. I have learnt that we are frail human beings who need the Almighty, for He is our strength,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he hopes to enter full time ministry of the Church.

Since his ordination to the diaconate, he has been serving in the Archdeaconry of St. Vincent and the Grenadines under the supervision of the rector of the parish of St. Paul, Calliaqua with St. John, Belair.

Upon his Ordination on Monday, Johnson will continue to serve in the Archdeaconry of SVG.

The Ordination will be administered by Bishop of the Windward Islands, the Right Rev. Bishop C. Leopold Friday.

The newly ordained priest will celebrate his First Mass on Wednesday at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, in Greggs at 6 p.m.

Johnson is the son of Dalton and Valgina Johnson of Greiggs, and is married to Camille Johnson.