Donnalee Stuart was recognised as the Cantor of Holy Name Parish recently.  The title "cantor" goes back as far as Jewish Temple days when cantors would lead the singing of psalms and prayers within the temple. Christians continued this practice of having cantors lead congregational singing.
A cantor is first of all a musician and one who can lead others in song. A cantor always has a good knowledge of sacred liturgical music.   
Donnalee has been the congregation here in song for over 20 years.

She was presented with a certificate of recognition and given a medal of St Cecilia, patron of musicians.

Rt Rev Monsignor Preston Moss, PA, former vicar general, visited the parish in January 2018 to celebrate Holy Mass. Pictured here with Deacon Michael Checkley (L) and Deacon Dennis Mackey (R).
Deacon Michael, parish administrator, on a balcony overlooking St Peter's Basilica and Square, in the papal apostolic palace.




The Anniversary Cake was cut by Msgr Alfred Culmer and President Norrica Romer.   
RIGHT   Msgr Culmer and Norrica present the first slice to the auxiliary's senior member, Mrs Esther Rolle. 
Following Holy Mass an anniversary brunch was served in the Social Hall. Well attended by members of the parish and also by members of other churches on the island.  People from Nassau, Freeport and the USA came to Bimini for the weekend to celebrate the golden Jubilee of the Auxiliary.
Over fifteen young people are registered for religious instruction.
Former president Ingrid Stuart(left) was honoured. Seen here is founding president Lamour Rolle and current president Norrica Romer.


Estelle Mackey, Lamour Rolle and Alma Farrington were among the ladies who helped sort, organise and pack the over 50 food baskets.

PARISHIONERS IN ROME...on pilgrimage to the Holy city

Fr Raul Acosta, SDB, of Tampa, Florida spent Easter with us. 
Donnalee Stuart outside our hotel which was minutes away from the Vatican.
LEVARITY FAMILY REUNION was recently held in Bimini. Descendants of the first three Levarity brothers to settle on Bimini in the late 1850s came together to celebrate their family ties. A weekend of activities concluded with Mass at Holy Name. Msgr. John Johnson, himself a descendant, was celebrant.
Holy Name parish was founded by John Levarity in 1941. His daughter, Willamay, 87, is the senior member of the extended family.
A sold out boat cruise to help celebrate the Ladies Auxiliary 50th Anniversary was an outstanding success. Over 45 people attended.  The cruise began with Vespers and hymn singing and then refreshments and food was made available along with music and prize giving.

Shopping in Rome and Florence for bargains.

Mrs Estelle Mackay, wife of Deacon Dennis Mackey, instructs the spring session of Religious Education for our young people.
The John Levarity Men of Holy Name group presented Christmas gifts to the CCD children.
Sara Pinder and Alma Farrington helped to deliver many of the food baskets.
 President Norrica Romer with Msgr Alfred Culmer.
On Sunday morning the Ladies Auxiliary gathered for their anniversary Mass which was celebrated by Monsignor Alfred Culmer. archdiocesan chancellor and archdiocesan chaplain for Ladies Auxiliaries.
Archbishop Pinder during the Mass of the Holy Name.


Deacon Michael became an Oblate of the Order of St Benedict, attached to St Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. Deacon Mike's diaconal training was offered through St Meinrad School of Theology and his class of 9 studied at the archabbey in the summer of 2014. An oblate is a person who lives the Rule of St Benedict outside of the monastery as best he/she can given their life circumstances. A balance of work and prayer and a  simplicity of life according to Benedictine tradition, underpin the oblate's daily life. On the left is the retired Rt Rev Archabbot Bonaventure OSB and Fr Meinrad Brune OSB on the right, director of the oblates attached to St Meinrad Archabbey.  CLICK



Deacon Mackey (L) Deacon Checkley (R)

Archbishop Pinder and Myron Saunders, parish organist

Father Guiseppe, of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR), of New York City, visited the church and celebrated Mass for the parish.  Fr  Benedict Groeschel, CFR, was a co-founder of this community that works closely with the homeless and abandoned in the New York area.
Archbishop of Nassau
His Grace The Most Rev Patrick C Pinder CMG STD
LENTEN ALMSGIVING by the Ladies Auxiliary
The Ladies Auxiliary gathered food stuffs for over fifty food baskets which were delivered throughout the island to those who could best use them.  
deacon michael checkley oblate st benedict st meinrad archabbey bimini

St Peter's Basilica -- built over the tomb of St Peter.

Lamour Rolle, founding president, receives an award naming her president emeritus of the auxiliary.
Levarity matriarch, Willamay Levarity Sawyer, age 88, with Msgr John Johnson. She was honoured at the Levarity family reunion.
Archbishop Pinder with William Pinder. He is our senior member now in his mid nineties.
Awaiting the Sunday Angelus with the Holy Father
in St Peter's Square at Vatican City.


Information on St Meinrad Archabbey and on Benedictine Oblates

Monsignor Alfred Culmer, archdiocesan chancellor, in St Peter's Square.
Deacon Michael, a Benedictine oblate, in Italy visiting places associated with St Benedict. He is here with Very Rev Dennis Robinson, president-rector of St Meinrad  Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana.

​Deacon Michael, as an oblate, is associated with the Archabbey of St Meinrad.

On the beautiful Isle of Capri, south of Rome and off of Naples, Daisy Roberts appears a little anxious as she takes the chairlift up to the top of the mountain at Capri -- nearly 3000 ft above sea level.  But she made it and loved it.