Fr. Cuthbert Cary-Elwes, SJ
Missionary to the Amerindians



Fr. cary-Elwes on Guyana Scott 3995
GUYANA, 2008, 150 years of Jesuits in Guyana, Scott 3995

The area of Guyana called the Rupununi is about 200 miles long and 150 miles wide. The 25,000 or so people there are virtually all Christian, and that can be attributed to the work of the Jesuit missionary Cuthbert Cary-Elwes. He arrived in the then colony of British Guiana in 1904 and worked in Georgetown and the North West District before being sent to establish the mission in the Rupununi in 1909. At the time one of his superiors noted that probably there was less than a fifty percent chance of them ever seeing him alive again. But through years of work, walking thousands of miles from village to village, surviving malaria, typhoid, dysentery and all kinds of diseases, he preached the Gospel until after 14 years of work, utterly exhausted by his labors, he was sent by his superiors back to Britain.