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Tribute To The Reverend Canon Richard Livingston Marquess-Barry

Rep. Kendrick B. Meek

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Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to The Reverend Canon Richard Livingston Marquess-Barry, Pastor of the Historic Saint Agnes' Episcopal Church in Miami, Florida.

A native of Miami, Florida, Reverend Barry obtained his early education from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. He is a proud graduate of Miami Northwestern Sr. High School Class of 1958 where his portrait still hangs in the school's Hall of Fame. He furthered his education at Saint Augustine's College, in Raleigh, North Carolina and went on to get his Doctor of Human Letters degree from Barbar-Scotia College, Concord, North Carolina in 1995.

Married to Virla Rolle Barry, Reverend Barry has been blessed in this holy matrimony for over 40 years. Also blessed to this union is one daughter Diana, who is married to Ronald Frazier, II, and two grandsons Richard and Ronald.

This visionary of a pastor became God's shepherd par excellence under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, as he continues to guide his Congregation. He has led Saint Agnes' Episcopal Church with a good mixture of old-time religion and civic responsibility that continues to encourage the members not only to become spiritual and moral leaders, but also responsible and conscientious guardians of good government and community pride.

Reverend Barry has dedicated his life to making the lives of those around him better. Further demonstrated, as one of the many programs under his leadership, the church adopted a HUD project, Rainbow Village Housing Development and lobbied the Miami-Dade Housing Authority to completely renovate the complex. As a result of this action, the tenant council of Rainbow Village and the Vestry of this parish formed the Saint Agnes' Rainbow Village Community Development Corporation (CDC). Through the CDC, 80 two-story, three and four bedroom/two and one-half bath, single-family homes for ownership were built for low and moderate income families.

An ordained priest of the Episcopal Church and having served as a Priest for 39 years, Father Barry's leadership is genuinely admirable. As a servant of God and as a spiritual leader immersed in Scriptural commitment, he has earned the community's deepest respect. This is the legacy with which he now guides his Church.

Indeed, it is fitting and proper to give praise to Almighty God for blessing the Saint Agnes' Episcopal Church with the longevity of leadership through Reverend Barry. His service to his Congregation and to all those who seek comfort and solace in its Church sanctuary leaves an everlasting mark.

Today, I honor Reverend Barry for the years of dedication and commitment to his church and the community.