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.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Medal "Cordis et Mendis" awarded to deserving members

Two very special days that many including myself were looking forward to were "The Benediction and Award Ceremony" on 4th July and "The Jubilee Anniversary Service" slated for 5th July 2010 respectively. Both days were well worth the wait.

It's always pleasing to be apart of a grand community of faithful believers under one roof with the Archbishop as the celebrant. Tonight was started off with Evening Prayer Service, the Gospel reading taken from today's readings Lk 10:1-12, 17-20 and the Homily by Archbishop Pinder.

The Archbishop used this opportunity to thank those persons responsible for a successful year of planning all events that lead up to this point as well as thanking those persons who were to be honored tonight. The award being presented along with a certificate is a new award known as "The Cordis et Mendis" award. The following is a briefing of the Archbishop's homily:

We had hoped that with us this evening would be our
apostolic nuncio and also the Archbishop of Port Au Spain Trinidad but their flights were delayed and unfortunately they are not here with us. But we do have with us Bishop Robert Kurtz of Hamilton Bermuda, our suffragan see, and we want to welcome Bishop Kurtz. We thank him for making his point to be present with us for this celebration so special for us here in the Archdiocese of Nassau.

We came out for evening prayer and we do so within the context of Eucharistic devotion. The Eucharist is as we’ve heard so many times before; the source and the summit of our faith. The word Eucharist means “Thanksgiving”, and today we come to say thanks. We’ve used this anniversary celebration as an occasion to say thanks and so we have gathered from across our Archdiocese to be acknowledged in gratitude.

This afternoon we are giving a special medal and a certificate. The name of the medal is The Cordis et Mendis medal. The idea and design belongs to the committee who oversaw so much of our anniversary celebrations. “Cordis et Mendis”, it’s Latin for “Of Heart and Mind”. The inspiration clearly comes from my Episcopal motto which I expressed in English “Of One Heart and Mind”. The words really come from the early chapters of the Acts of The Apostles and there often is a description of the life of the earliest Christian community, describing the way those earliest believers thought of one another, treated one another, cared for one another such that they were described as being of one mind and heart.

This medal is being given to those recognized and chosen for their service to the Catholic community over the years. This is not the only time that such a recognition will take place. Surely there are others whose contributions will be duly recognized in time, but we could not let this opportunity pass without saying thanks and honoring the contribution of those who may not otherwise have been so honored and so recognized.

Now we have a very hard working committee that has organized all the various events of our 50th anniversary observance. They’ve been in work for over a year now I believe. The committee is chaired by Mr. Basil Barnett and I do not risk trying to name each of them now but if they are here, I’d ask if they would kindly stand. They surely deserve my public acknowledgement and my gratitude as well.

To those whom we honor and recognize today you have every right to be proud and to be happy, may I remind you of the parting words of Jesus in today’s Gospel (Lk 10:1-12, 17-20); “the seventy-two apostles returned to Jesus from their mission rejoicing at their accomplishments. To them Jesus says, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven”. This work that we do is not for our fame or for our glory, it is for the glory of God, it is for the building up of his kingdom. Not our will but his will be done. May that be our driving ambition and our motivation in all that we do.

For those of you being honored and recognized today, for all that you have done and continue to do I simply say thank you and God Bless you.
Those to be honored were approximately 54 members in all. All of the honorees seemed very excited and grateful for having been thought of for such an award This would be an occasion I am certain they will never forget. A very memorable moment also was when the Archbishop met an elderly honouree halfway as he was having difficulty making his way up to receive his metal and award. I will probably be taking a risk by mentioning one of the honorees, but I would like to personally congratulate Mrs. Yvonne Watson of St Thomas More, Nassau for her accomplishment. I can say without a doubt that she is deserving of such an award (and I am not just saying that because we both attend STM).

Following the award presentation was the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament; a very old devotion in our Church, but one that highlights the fundamental mystery of the Holy Eucharist that our Lord is truly present, body and blood, soul and divinity, in the Blessed Sacrament.

You missed a great event in the Churchs' history. See photos below from the event.

1 comment:

  1. It was an excellent service. I am very happy for those who received awards.


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