Gladstone Orlando Stanislaus Wilson

RT. Reverend Monsignor Gladstone Orlando Stanislaus Wilson (1906-1974) Class of 1921; Ph.D., M.A., B.A Hons, B.D., D.D., D.C.L., B.C.L., F.R.S.A, Dip. Soc. Sc. (Diploma in Social Science)

Born March 10, 1906, in Mavis Bank, St. Andrew.
Father: Nelson Cameron Wilson
Mother: Rose Anne (nee Moore)

Was tutored privately by his parents as a boy and won three scholarships.

He attended St. George?s College, 1918-1922

Roman Catholic Priest, Educator-Lecturer, Traveller and Linguist
Chancellor and Secretor of the Curia

Vicariate Apostolic of Jamaica from 1940 (many times in charge of the Vicariate)
Elevated to Monsignor in 1950

Member of:
Catholic Inter-Racial Council of America
American Association of Social Workers
Many Government, Educational, Social and Civic Boards in Jamaica

  • 1923 1925 Worked in the Civil Service in the Kingston Collectorate and Surveyor General’s Department.
  • 1926-1931 Urban College Rome (Resident Scholar)
    B.A Hons. Won the Latin, Greek, Natural History Awards and the Chancellor’s Philosophical Scholarship
  • 1929 Ph.D. summa cum laude
  • 1930 Gold Medallist and Prizeman in Psychology, Moral Philosophy, and History of Philosophy, B.D. (Hons.)
  • 1930-31 President Newman Club (literary Association for English speaking students In Rome)
  • 1931, Dec. 24, Ordained by His Eminence William Cardinal Van Rossum, by special permission of His Holiness Pope Pius XI
  • 1932 D.D. “magna cum laude? Faculty of Philosophy, winning Chancellor’s Prize for general excellence
  • 1932-33 Tutor, Urban College, Rome (distinction only West Indian, and Negro to occupy post)
  • 1933 Associate Lecturer in Missiology and Modern Language, Vatican University
  • 1934 Candidate for Vatican Diplomatic Service; B.C.L. Faculty of Law
  • 1936 D.C.L “summa cum laude.” Achieved Faculty Fellowship in 1936
  • 1937-38 Attached Jamaica Mission
  • 1938 Clinical work in Manhattan State Hospital Ward U.S.A.
  • 1940 Graduate student Fordham University (Sociology and Psychiatry), M.A., (Sociology) and Diploma in Social work

Selected by ballot, under-grad., Representative Urban College (1927) Official celebrations, Tercentenary Estab. Urban College, and Golden Jubilee (1929). Pope Pius XI, who personally complimented him on Speeches, delivered on both distinguished occasions

Was associated with His Holiness Pope Pius XII, Eugenio Pacelli when Secretary of State and as Supernumerary Chaplain to the then late Cardinal Lamenti, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation of Rites

Made contributions to several specialized Magazines and Journals; considered one of the most highly qualified Ecclesiastics in the Roman Catholic organization

Travelled extensively in Europe, and the Americas, and spoke several languages fluently, including French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Latin, Greek and Hebrew

He delivered the homily at the re-interment of National Hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey in 1964.

Considered to be the seventh most learned person in the world at the time of his death on December 1, 1974.

RT. Reverend Monsignor Gladstone Orlando Stanislaus Wilson was inducted in 2000 into the St. George’s College Hall of Fame and named St. George’s College Student of the 20th Century.