One nice thing about preaching missions in different parts of the country and beyond is that you see the church beyond where you live. Here in the Bahamas there are about 50.000 Catholics in a population of about 314,000. There are 25 priests, 14 deacons and 12 religious sisters.
Significantly, the archdiocese has 4 high schools and 8 elementary schools. Because of its investment in education, the church through it members and those it has educated, has an important role in the Bahamas.
The New York Sisters of Charity and the Benedictines from Collegeville, MN contributed much to this church and they’re recognized in the Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier and Sacred Heart Church where many tourists off the ships visit.
Fr. Tom Brislin renovated Sacred Heart a few years ago and he made sure the “living stones” of that church were remembered.