Jamaican devotion at shrines and pilgrimages uncommon

  • The statue of St. Francis Xavier speaks to the Jesuit origins of almost all the island's churches, but devotion to saints a low priority for most Jamaican Catholics.
  • Two images at St. Anne's Church, West Kingston, Jamaica, signal different aspects and eras of Jamaican Catholicism.
  • Marian grotto at Holy Cross church, Kingston. Culturally, Marian devotion is looked down upon by other Jamaicans, but many churches have a Marian grotto.

Jamaican Catholicism is practiced at church and at home. While there are well tended shrines to Mary and the occasional saint at many parishes, none show signs of regular visitors, even on Sundays. 

Pilgrimage is not a common practice.