Bishop Dorick Wright passed away this morning. He had been
ailing for some time, but was still a force in the Catholic
Bishop Wright was born on November 15, 1945. He was ordained a
priest on June 27, 1975. From 1964 to 1967 he taught all
subjects in Standard IV at Holy Redeemer Primary School. Dorick
M. Wright grew up in Holy Redeemer Cathedral parish. His first
cousin is Anglican Bishop Philip Wright and his uncle is Pastor
Lloyd Wright from Bethel Assembly of God Church. In 1961, while
in his mid-teens, he lost his mother, two sisters, and a brother
in hurricane Hattie. The tree image on Bishop Wright's coat of
arms is symbolic of the mango tree that saved his life.
He attended St. John's College and then taught for three years
at Holy Redeemer Primary School. He then entered
Conception Seminary, run by the Order of St. Benedict in
north-west Missouri, where he completed his education for the
priesthood. Wright was ordained at Holy Redeemer Cathedral,
Belize City, on June 27, 1975. He then assisted at St. Joseph
Parish, Holy Redeemer Cathedral parish, and Inmaculada Parish in
Orange Walk. He returned to St. Joseph Parish as pastor and then
to Holy Redeemer Cathedral. On April 4, 2002, Wright was
consecrated at St. John's College as Auxiliary to Bishop
Osmond P. Martin, with Martin the principal consecrator.
He was appointed bishop of the diocese on November 18, 2006, and
installed on January 23, 2007, with Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto,
nuncio for Belize and El Salvador, presiding. Bishop Wright
founded St. Benedict Diocesan Seminary, a minor seminary
offering two years of college training to those studying for the
priesthood. It opened on August 27, 2013, on the grounds of the
former Santa Familia Benedictine Monastery outside Santa Elena,
Belize. Four young men comprised its first class.
Wright outspokenly opposed some aspects of the government's 2013
promotion of same-sex-orientation rights. His position was
supported by the Belize Evangelical Council, and later also by
the Belize Council of Churches that included the Catholic church
as a member. With Bishop Wright's eyesight failing, he requested
help to carry out his mission and in 2012 Viatorian Fr.
Christopher Glancy was consecrated Auxiliary Bishop and
Vicar General for the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan.