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.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Ushering in the beginning of a new school year

Every year schools around the Bahamas prepare well in advance for the start of a brand new school year. Today, September 5th, 2011 began the start of the 2011/2012 school year for the majority of schools in New Providence and the family islands. For some students on a few of the southern family islands, classes will be delayed due to the damage of government schools caused by hurricane Irene during August 25th, 2011.

With the major road works going on around Nassau the Ministry of Works forewarned everyone to leave home much earlier than normal to ensure that they arrive to their destination on time. I am certain everyone took their advice as the traffic from as early as 5:30am was bumper to bumper. No matter where you tried to turn you probably ended up joining a queue of anxious motorists trying to get their kids to school on time.

As students arrived at the campus of Aquinas College on Gladstone Rd, they seemed excited to begin a new chapter in their lives, one grade level higher, and the opportunity to be a part of one of the finest educational institutes around the country.

I have always been a proponent of any Catholic school holding on to its identity and Aquinas College is no exception. This year at the school, new beginnings were ushered in by way of  two new staff members that will set the tone once again that "We Are Catholic, and Proud". Fr. Anselm Russell; assistant rector of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Sister Patricia Abueme of the Benedictine sisters on Nassau St have joined the school as religious educators. You may have remembered that Sister Jacinta Neely (Benedictine Nun) retired in June after serving 42 years with the Catholic Board of Education, therefore the need for visible clergy members on campus was paramount.

A step in the right direction for Aquinas College can only lead to greater things for an already excellent Catholic school. We welcome both Fr. Russell and Sister Abueme as they use their knowledge and expertise to develop the minds and hearts of our children.

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