The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Friday, October 30, 2009

CELEBRATION - 120 years of Catholic Education in The Bahamas!

The Archdiocese of Nassau, Catholic Board of Education will host a Gala Ball under the patronage of The Most Rev. Patrick Pinder, STD in recognition of 120 years of Catholic Education in The Bahamas.

The event is scheduled for November 7, 2009 and tickets can be purchased from the Catholic Education Center, any of the Catholic Schools or Parish offices.

As we move forward towards another 120 years of Education in The Bahamas, let's take a brief look at the accomplishments of The Catholic Education system.

The first permanent missionaries who came to The Bahamas in 1889 were known as "The Sisters of Charity". It was they who started the first Catholic school in the country. The school was named Francis Xavier. The sisters saw a need to minister to the poor and sick including the lepers within our communities.

Following the sisters; were the Benedictine Monks in 1890 that began an aggressive campaign of opening churches and schools in The Bahamas. It was in 1945 that St Augustine' College opened its doors at the hands of The Benedictines.

Many Catholic schools have since opened and include:

St. Cecilia in Coconut Grove
St. Bede’s in Kemp Road
St. Thomas More in Palmdale
Aquinas College on Gladstone Rd
Our Lady’s in Grants Town
Catholic High and St. Vincent de Paul in Grand Bahama
St. Francis de Sales School in Abaco
Holy Name School in Bimini
St. Anne in Eleuthera

Many prominent Bahamians are the products of the Catholic Education and it should be no surprise that The Bahamas' Archbishop and first Bahamian Archbishop of The Catholic Diocese of The Bahamas, is a product of The Catholic Education System (get to know the Archbishop).

The Catholic Education system in The Bahamas is also known for its many programmes:

Fr. Marcian Peter's Basketball Tournament
The Distance Education Program of St John's University Minnesota
And the Music Programmes of which we find the Diocesan Chorale and the Lou Adams Orchestra

Through determination, commitment and hard work the Catholic Church were able to hold steadfast in its mission to serve God and the poor people even during difficult times of hostility and discrimination by the protestant religious group who were at the time the predominant religion.

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