Another Caribbean voice at Vatican

AEC president appointed to CEP

By Lara Pickford-Gordon - Catholic News, Trinidad, 19th September 2014

President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC), Archbishop Patrick Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas, has been appointed a member of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, the body responsible for the transmission and dissemination of the faith. The good news comes six months after Archbishop Emeritus Kelvin Felix of Castries, St Lucia was appointed a Cardinal.

On September 13 the Holy See made the announcement of Archbishop Pinder and 17 other appointments to the Congregation, including cardinals, archbishops, priests and a nun. “It is the first time that a Bishop from the AEC has been appointed to such a high office in the Vatican,” the AEC said in a release issued last Tuesday. Continue reading

Scripture Meditation for Sunday, September 28, 2014 Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time A

by Most Reverend Patrick C. Pinder, S.T.D. Archbishop of Nassau and President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference







Readings: Ezekiel 18:25-28 [Psalm 25] Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32

The arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem caused quite a stir!  The Gospel of Matthew notes that when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:10-12) Continue reading

Scripture Meditation for Sunday, September 21, 2014

By Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau and President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time A - Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9 [Psalm 145] Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a Matthew 20:1-16a
After a brief visit to the Gospel of John last Sunday, we return this week to the Gospel of  Matthew. Continue reading

Scripture Meditation for Sunday, September 14, 2014

Reflections for September are by Arcbhishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau and President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference

Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross

Readings: Numbers 21:4b-9 [Psalm 78:1b-2, 34-38] Philippians 2:6-11 John 3:13-17

 This is the Year of Matthew as far as our Sunday Gospel goes.  However, this Sunday the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we have the Gospel of John.

 This Gospel passage from the Third Chapter of John contains what is perhaps the most often quoted verse from the Gospels.  That is John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  This passage falls within that section of John’s Gospel known as the Book of Signs (John 1:19-12:50) where the seven miracles contained in this Gospel are found. Continue reading

Scripture Meditation for Sunday, September 7, 2014

The meditations for September are by Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau and the President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)  - Readings: Ezekiel 33:7-9 [Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9] Romans 13:8-10 Matthew 18:15-20

Our Liturgy of the Word for this Sunday begins with a passage from the Prophet Ezekiel. Prophets are among the most compelling characters in the Bible. Their
mission is to speak, to speak the truth. They speak the truth whenever, wherever and to whomever truth needs to be told. This is a costly undertaking. That, no
doubt, is why prophets are rare among us. Continue reading

Illegal Gambling in the Bahamas – A Pastoral Reflection

by The Most Reverend Patrick C. Pinder, CMG, STD, Archbishop of Nassau – October 2012

GIVEN the extensive engagement of Bahamians in illegal gaming, as entrepreneurs and players and the government’s decision to hold a country-wide referendum on the issue, it is clear that we are confronting a situation that has led to a crisis of national import. That the numbers business flourishes and expands yearly is evidence that there are those among us who are openly pursuing an activity that contravenes the law. It is obvious too that Bahamians have been doing so for generations without any lasting, effective intervention by the forces of law and order. Continue reading

Christmas Message from Archbishop Patrick C. Pinder

Archbishop Patrick PinderTime passes quickly. It is hard to believe that we are already about to celebrate Christmas once again. But we are! The message of this Feast and Season is a very comforting one. It does not vary. It is a message of hope. It is a message of Joy. It is a message, which defies the gloom of the moment and lifts our thoughts and our spirits as we hear again the message of the prophets and the message of the angels.

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” (Isaiah 9:1)

Those hope-filled words from the ninth chapter of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah greet us as we enter into the celebration of the liturgy for Christmas. For us, there is no doubt about the light
of which the prophet speaks when he says: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” Jesus Christ, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, he is that light.

Of course, darkness can overshadow us in many ways. The shadow of darkness stalks us as we notice the steady climb in our murder rate as we approach the end of this year.

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3 priests engaged in parish apostolate (St. Joseph, Fr. Martin Gomes, SS.CC., Our Lady’s, Fr. Michael Kelly, SS.CC., Fr. Patrick Fanning, SS.CC. Sts. Peter & Paul and mission parishes of Long Island)

1 priest engaged in parish apostolate (Queen of Peace, Fr. Roland Vilfort, S.M.M.)

1 priests engaged in parish apostolate (Mary, Star of the Sea, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Msgr. Ambrose MacKinnon, S.F.M.)


Our Lady of Mercy Convent, Mangrove Cay, Andros, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 369–0411; Fax: (242) 369–0093
Sr. Mary Miller, R.S.M.


St. Martin’s Monastery, P.O. Box N940, Nassau Street, Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 323–5517; (242) 323–5466; e–mail
Sr. Mary Benedict Pratt, O.S.B., Prioress, Sr. Cecilia Albury, O.S.B., Sr. Ena Albury, O.S.B., Sr. Mary Josephine Albury, O.S.B., Sr. Janis Coakley, O.S.B., Sr. Marva Coakley, O.S.B., Sr. Agatha Hunt, O.S.B., Sr.
Jacinta Neely, O.S.B., Sr. Clare Rolle, O.S.B. Sr. Annie Thompson, O.S.B., Sr. Vernice Wilson, O.S.B.,


Holy Name Convent, P.O. Box 622, Bailey Town, Bimini, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 347–2139

Holy Redeemer Convent, New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas
Tel: (242)

Sisters of Charity Convent, P.O. Box N188, 1 West Terrace, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 325–2060