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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, September 22, 2015

The revolving door spins again.

Nowadays buildings are being designed with escalators, elevators, even revolving doors to aid the flow of traffic. With revolving doors there is no need to even touch the device at times as it continues to spin constantly, you step in your space and in a matter of about 2 seconds you're on the other end. If you're not quick enough though you could even find yourself back outside where you began. The door actually intimidates many who will not come near it, but will rather use the old-fashioned pull door.
On September 6th, 2015 a letter from the Archdiocese of Nassau was read throughout the Parishes of the local Catholic Church. The members were informed of the retirement of Monsignor Preston Moss as Pastor of St. Anselm Parish, and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Nassau. Monsignor Moss has served the community of Nassau faithfully for the past 50 years, a call of service that could only be from God.
Credit: Archdiocese of Nassau Newspaper
As everyone sat with open ears they knew more was to come after the news of Monsignor Moss' retirement, but hope it didn't affect St. Thomas More in any way. Well one move indeed caused an effect as we listened to that which we somehow knew would happen again, but didn't want to believe that it would so soon. Replacing Monsignor Moss as Vicar General is Fr. Kenny of St. Paul the Apostle, who will stay at his Parish, while Fr. Noel Clarke of St. Thomas More, our Parish, will be taking over as Priest of St. Anselm Parish. Did we just hear correctly, that Fr. Clarke will be leaving us already. I began to wonder if the door at the entrance of St. Thomas More is actually a revolving door, but I'm most certain I come through a swing open door each week.
Probably no one wanted to hear anymore read as we needed time at this point to let this news register completely. Was this for real? When bad things happen to us there is a tendency for human beings to question whether they did something wrong for such a thing to happen. For me personally I really don't care, not that I don't care that Fr. Clarke is leaving, but rather that it is what it is. I've been a member of St. Thomas More from birth and will not allow a change in priest to move me from my Parish. I can't speak for others, but I know there are some who will move because of this, and why, because they do not like change.
Many have approached me feeling disappointed with many theories about why this change happened. What's disappointing for me is the very short time that the last 3-4 priests have remained at St. Thomas More. As the door revolves in they have not stepped out quick enough thereby finding themselves on the outside where they began. For those who are able to work with any priest assigned to their Parish, then this move will be easy, however if you are like those who want "the perfect" priest, one you can wine and dine and get him to do whatever you want, then keep waiting, it doesn't work like that in the Church!
As a small Parish community we need to count our blessings that we actually have a priest because there are several Parishes within the Archdiocese without a permanent priest. Would it be nice to have a priest for 5 years or longer, absolutely, but we should never get too attached to a priest as I have seen many parishioners do, who would even follow him to whatever parish he's assigned.
Archdiocese of Nassau Newspaper
As we prepare to say farewell to Fr. Clarke who I found to be a very humble yet a no-nonsense priest, I wish to welcome Fr. Junior Calixte who will be taking over as rector of St. Thomas More. I'm hoping that one day we replace that revolving door at St. Thomas More with a traditional door that would allow the priest to enter and stay in for a longer period. I'm not sure that this will be the case, but we can only pray for our Parish community. May God continue to bless St. Thomas More.

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