Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda
In April, 2009 there was a Plenary Session of the Antilles Episcopal Conference in Martinique. Below is a picture of the Bishops gathered for the celebration of Eucharist.
A Very Special Occasion
On June 12, 1967 there occurred a momentous event in the life of the Roman Catholic Church in Bermuda, as it was on that date that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda was established.
Reverend Bernard J. Murphy, CR was appointed as the first residential Bishop of the new diocese which became part of the Antilles Episcopal Conference. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the diocese the Antilles Episcopal Conference held its 51st plenary session here in Bermuda. It had been more than 20 years since the Bishops of this conference met on our beautiful island. On Sunday, April 22nd a solemn Mass was celebrated by our Bishop, Robert J. Kurtz CR, with eighteen other bishops, including the Apostolic Nuncio, and our local priests as concelebrants. Deacon Toby Collins, CR who has spent this year in ministry at St. Patrick’s Parish proclaimed the Gospel in his role as deacon.
St. Theresa’s Cathedral was packed with worshippers as twenty students from Mount Saint Agnes, individually, processed up the main aisle. Each was carrying a flag of one of the countries of the Antilles Episcopal Conference and the Bishop of each country was announced as his country’s flag was brought forward. The Diocesan Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Julie Madeiros, and which included a number of MSA students and many alumni from the Glee Club’s heydays, sang out in jubilation the gathering hymn. The Mass was inspirational in its solemnity, reverence and joy. While music is not the essence of the Eucharistic celebration, the choir truly enhanced this special liturgy which came to a conclusion with the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus. Following the Mass, a reception was held in the Mount Saint Agnes auditorium. This provided an opportunity for the people of the diocese to meet the Bishops. The week long conference was very successful. As the Bishops prepared to return home, each expressed his gratitude for the hospitality shown by the Bermuda community. The diocese is now looking forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the diocese on Sunday, June 24th with a special Mass at 4:30 PM in St. Theresa’s Cathedral and a dinner at the Hamilton Princess.