The Rt. Rev’d. Philip S. Wright
Lord Bishop of Belize
Chairman, Diocesan Education Board
Chairman, Diocesan Finance Board
Chairman, Diocesan Standing Committee
St. John’s Cathedral
Bishop Philip Silvin Wright was born in Belize on February 10, 1967 to Mr. Philip Sydney Wright and Mrs. Loretta Idolly Wright. He is the youngest of seven children — three brothers and three sisters.
Bishop Wright grew up in Belize City and attended St. John’s Anglican Primary School. He graduated in 1979 and went on to attend Wesley College (a Methodist High School), from which he graduated in 1983 with a High School Diploma — valedictorian of his class.
That same year Bishop Wright also earned GCE O’ Level Cambridge Examinations passes in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Religious Studies. He also attained CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) passes in English and Mathematics.
In 1983 Bishop Wright entered the Belize Technical College and in 1985 he graduated with an Associate Degree in Arts and Science, and obtained GCE A’ Level passes in Physics and Chemistry.
Bishop Wright then worked as a High School teacher at Nazarene High School and the Belize Technical College from 1985 to 1989. In 1989 he entered seminary at Codrington College, Barbados, to study for, and discern, his call to sacred ministry. In 1992 Bishop Wright graduated from seminary with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the University of the West Indies (Upper Second Class Honors) and a Diploma in Ministerial Studies.
Bishop Wright was ordained a Deacon on 6th August, 1992, and a Priest on 2 March, 1993 at the historic Anglican Cathedral Church of St. John the Baptist in Belize City.
Bishop Wright went on to work primarily in the Pastoral Ministry in the Belize and Cayo Districts of Belize whilst teaching Religious Studies and Physics at the Anglican Cathedral College. He first served at St Ann’s Church in the Capital City of Belmopan and St Andrew’s Church in San Ignacio, Cayo District. He was later transferred as the Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s Cathedral in 1994. He would remain at the Cathedral until 1998 when he travelled to the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters of Arts Degree in Theology (Mission Studies) at the University of Binningham. Bishop Wright graduated in 1999 with his Masters Degree.
Upon returning to Belize in 1999, Bishop Wright was placed at All Saints’ Parish in Belize City where he remained until 2003. In 2003 he left the parish ministry to head the Anglican Theological Institute (ATT) – a local training program for those interested in the ministry. Within a year he was serving as an interim priest at St Ann’s Church along with his duties at the ATI. Over the next few years Bishop Wright would find himself serving on several boards and committees, including the National Commission for Good Governance, the Board of Governors of the University of Belize, the National Committee for Families and Children, and the Community Rehabilitation Department.
In October 2005, upon election by the House of Bishops of the Province of the West Indies, under the leadership of Archbishop Drexel Gomez f the Bahamas, Bishop Wright was chosen to serve as the 14th Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Belize.
Locally, Bishop Wright currently sits on the Board of Governors of the University of Belize, is a member of the Belize Council of Churches, and works with a number of NGO groups serving the wider community. He continues to be a member of a number of regional bodies within the Church in the Province of the West Indies, and now is the third most senior diocesan bishop in the Province.
Bishop Philip Wright is married to Mrs. Carla Suite-Wright.