Long Island Churches
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Wed 30 Mar 2011 21:36
The Churches on Long Island
Our car journey exploring Long Island was not complete without a church every few minutes. Starting with the Anglican and Catholic Churches in Clarence Town. Both of these churches were built by Father Jerome Hawes. He first designed St Paul's Anglican Church (sorry about the power cable Colin) which was consecrated on the 19th of May 1848. Loved the light shades in this lovely church............
.............and then St Peter's Roman Catholic Church after his conversion to Catholicism. I wasn't too fussed about the 'cardboard cut-out' look of the crucifix but was charmed by the altar and lectionary cloths complete with shell and conch shell design. We signed the visitors book saying it felt like a "holy little place of worship".
Born in England in 1876, John Cecil Hawes became an architect, then an Anglican priest. After the 1908 hurricane, which devastated parts of the Bahamas, the Anglican Bishop sent this architect/priest to restore the damaged churches. His unique stamp of hurricane-proof stonework with its thick walls and barrel-vaulted roofs can be seen in the seven Anglican Churches that he rebuilt on Long Island. Settling in the Deadman's Cay area he ministered to the people of Long Island. After an interim elsewhere as a wagon train driver, a monk, a missionary and a horse breeder, he became a Catholic priest and returned to the Bahamas to build Catholic churches and the St Augustine Monastery in Nassau. Quite a curriculum vitae.
On Father Jerome's first approach to New Bight (Cat Island) in 1937, he immediately selected Comer Hill, the highest spot, as the sight for his retirement home and a location in town for a new church. His last church, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at New Bight, s a sturdy and lovely reminder for Cat Islanders of this remarkable man.
Steven's Seventh Day Adventist Church was locked and as it was a Wednesday, we couldn't hang on until Saturday, so off we went.
Down the road a short distance in Hamilton's was Holy Cross Anglican Church.
Next to Holy Cross was the Catholic Family of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, this tiny church was dwarfed by a modern one beside it
We loved this simple little Church of Christ
As we drove past the front of St John's Anglican Church I heard - Oh look, there's a snake in a cup painted on the bell tower. Yes dear, some may say the asp of life in the Eucharistic Chalice
Macedonia Baptist Church
Just by way of a change, we put in the Senior Citizen's Recreational Centre
Lastly St Theresa's Anglican Church (once again sorry about the power lines Colin) - now I am all churched out, there were many more though
ALL IN ALL LOVELY TO SEE SO MANY PLACES OF WORSHIP
MUST BE A CHURCH FOR EVERY TEN PEOPLE