Jesuit priest awarded high honour in Guyana
27 May 2016
President David Granger of Guyana announced recently that Fr Malcolm Anthony Rodrigues SJ (MA Oxon) is to be awarded for his service to the Republic of Guyana, which yesterday celebrated its 50th year of Independence from Britain. He will receive the Cacique Crown of Honour for his service in the field of Religion. It is awarded to any citizen who has "rendered service of an exceptionally high quality beyond the normal call of duty in the public service, social and voluntary services, industry or trade unions, or in any other area of public service, or achieved excellence of national or international standing and recognition in the arts, professions, sciences or sport or in any other area of activity."
The first president presented the Cacique Crown of Honour to ten citizens in 1970 and since then only two citizens a year have received the award. Fr Rodrigues is being recognised for a "long and dedicated service in the field of religion”.
Father Rodrigues has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1960. At the University of Guyana, where he first started teaching in 1980, he is both Head of the Department of Physics and Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. His degrees include: a Licentiate in Philosophy from Heythrop College in Oxfordshire, England (1965); a MA in Physics from Oxford University 1969; a Licentiate in Theology from Colegio de Cristo Rey, Mexico City (1974); and a Certificate in Career Guidance & Counselling from Missouri University, USA (July 1984.) Previously at the University of Guyana, he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 1992 – 1994 and Director of the Environmental Studies Unit from 1995 – 2000. He is also Chairperson and committee member of various organisations alongside being a prolific academic writer.