February 2014 Catholic islander
The February 2014 issue of the Catholic Islander is online, click on the above image of the front cover or here.
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The 2014 Bishop's Appeal is underway. Help support our Catholic Schools, Charities, and the Education of New VI Priests. Click on the above image for more information.
Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Restoration Project
Bishop Bevard is shown with concelebrants (l-r) Father Juszczak, CSsR, Father Lynch, CSsR, Fr. Mark, and Fr. Louis Kemayou, just before the St. Croix Catholics Schools Thanksgiving Mass with the combined student bodies of St. Joseph High School, St. Mary's School, and St. Patrick's School.
Vice Principal, Father Anderson, directed a very talented student body in the 2014 Christmas Pageant before Bishop Bevard, Principal Fr. Ortiz-Santiago, and a packed Cathedral audience, with the support of dedicated teachers, staff, and parents.
2014 Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Bethlehem House on St. Croix
Bishop Bevard, Catholic Charities Director Mike Atkin, and the staff and guests of Bethlehem House gather together for a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner at the facility.
2014 St. Patrick's Youth Ministry Retreat
The 2014 SPYM Retreat, "Jesus and I at the Well" was lead by Fr. Boniface-Blanchard. Pictured above are the SPYM staff members with Bishop Bevard.
75 Young People from the Diocese Participated in the 2014 March for Life in Washington, DC
Pictured above are some of those attending from the Diocese on Tuesday 1/21/14 as they get ready to brave the weather for the March for Life in Washington on Wednesday 1/22/14. Photo by Shane Bedneau, Grade 11, St. Joseph High School, St.Croix.
The Gala Fifth Annual Keys and Sword Benefit for the Cathedral Restoration was held on February 1, 2014
Pictured above are (left to right) are Athneil C. Ottley, President of Ottley Communications; His Excellency, Bishop Herbert A. Bevard; and Jean A. Dragin, President of Jean Dragin Enterprises; at the Fifth Annual Keys and Sword Benefit held at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel and Resort on St. Thomas during the evening of February 1, 2014. Ottley and Dragin were honored at the elegant "white tie" affair which was held to help benefit the restoration of the 167- years old Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. Learn more about the at the Cathedral Renovation Project at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Restoration Project. Read more about the event at the Fifth Annual Keys and Sword Award Benefit.
Three New Priests Ordained for the Diocese
On January 4, 2014, His Excellency, Most Reverend Herbert A. Bevard ordained Kerly Francois, Boniface Twaibu, and John Fewell to the priesthood at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Click here to see some ordination photos.
The Diocese is featured in the Winter 2013 issue of "Neighbors" from the Catholic Home Mission. Go to the PDF version at
Winter 2013 issue of "Neighbors"
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Cardinal Seán O'Malley Received the 2013 Keys and Sword Award
Bishop Herbert Bevard presented Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro life activities and former Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, with the 2013 Keys and Sword Award on January 26, 2013. Read the article and see more photos from the event in the March 2013 issue of the Catholic Islander.
Bishop Herbert Bevard Celebrated the Mass for the Catholic Schools of St. Croix at St. Ann's Church on December 19, 2012
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Letter from Bishop Bevard on the Year of Faith
The Fourth Annual 2013 Keys and Sword Award Benefit was held on January 26
His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. CAP, Archbishop of Boston was honored at the Fourth Annual 2013 Keys and Sword Award Benefit on January 26 at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Hotel on St. Thomas. Read the article about the event in the January 2013 issue of the Catholic Islander.
His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard met with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.
His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard and bshops of the Archdioceses of Washington, Baltimore and Military Services met with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican on January 16-21, 2012. Click on a photo for a larger view.
March for Life, Washington, DC , January 2012
Thirty Virgin Islanders, most of them youth, traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the National March for Life. Pictured right, Fr. Eduardo Ortiz Santiago, administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on St. Thomas, and Fr. Patrick Lynch, CSsR, pastor of St. Patrick Church on St. Croix, were among the representatives from the Virgin Islands. Click on the above image for a larger image.
Christmas 2011 in Fredensborg
Bishop Herbert Bevard celebrated Christmas Mass under sunny skies for about 60 Spanish-speaking residents of Fredensborg on St. Croix. Fredensborg is a community that was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and re-emerged in recent years by squatters who could not find homes elsewhere on the island.
The Religious of the Good Shepherd, who organize the annual evet, set up a makeshift altar (shown at the right in the first photo) in a lot littered with abandoned cars. Pictured here with Sister Digna Rivas, RGS, everyone sang the opening hymn, “Navidad, Navidad.”
Following Mass, Bishop Bevard called forth the children by name and presented them with gifts of clothing and shoes. The children were also given toys through the generosity of the parishioners of Holy Cross Church. A hot lunch was served as well.
Cathedral Restoration Project Continues
His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard, and Msgr. Jerome Feudjio, rector, climbed to the bell tower of Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral on St. Thomas to see how the workers would restore it. Click on the photo for a larger view.
(left) After the workers began removing the galvanizing on the roof of Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral on St. Thomas, His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard, climbed onto the roof to see the new plywood base. Click on the photo for a larger view.
(right) After plywood, tar paper, another layer of plywood, and the red aluminum sheets were added, the last stage of roof repair was finally completed. Click on the photo for a larger view.
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Bishop Bevard Celebrated Mass for the USVI Inauguration on Jan. 3, 2011
His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard celebrated Mass for the USVI Inauguration at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul on January 3, 2011. The Mass took place before the USVI Inauguration ceremony which was held in Emancipation Garden on St.Thomas. This photo was taken before the Mass and shows from left to right: Lt. Gov. Gregory R. Francis and his wife, Cheryl Francis; First Lady Cecile de Jongh and Governor John deJongh Jr.; and Bishop Herbert Bevard. Both the Governor and Lt. Governor are starting their second terms in office. Click on the photo for a larger view.
Bishop Bevard Celebrated the Christmas Mass at Fredensborg on St. Croix
His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard, celebrated Christmas Mass at noon time for the residents of Fredensborg on St. Croix. The Mass took place in a community recreation center. The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, who include the Fredensborg community as one of their ministries, helped to arrange for the Christmas Mass. Click on the above photos to see a page of photos taken during the Mass. Click on the panoramic photo below to see the large view.
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Bishop Bevard Celebrated Pre-Christmas Masses for Catholic School Students
His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard, celebrated Mass for all the Catholic school students on St. Croix at Ss. Joachim and Ann Church on Wednesday, December 15, at 9:30 a.m. He celebrated Mass for Ss. Peter and Paul School students at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral on St. Thomas on Wednesday, December 22, at 8:15 a.m. The panoramic photo below is from the Mass on St. Croix. Click on the photo to see the large view.
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