16. Saint Ignatius gets a School in the 1970's
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1970s The Nov/Dec. 1971 Northwester magazine featured St. Ignatius Catholic Church, when Father Sergeant was pastor. The article stated, in part:
"In the beginning there were about 30 worshippers but now there are about 60 resident parishioners, largely made up of people from Jamaica, the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, England and the United States. Although not intended as such, it is largely a tourist church and during the tourist season there is a marked increase in church attendance."
In September 1971 two Franciscan Missionary Sisters came from Jamaica and started Our Lady of Perpetual Help Preparatory School in premises at the back of the church on Shedden Road. In the meantime a new school was being built on the land purchased along Walkers Road. It opened in April 1972 with 40 students
By the late 1970s, however, the growth of the Catholic Church in the Cayman Islands mirrored the overall growth of the islands. With an estimated 200 or more parishoners, it became obvious by 1977 that the old Shedden Road church building had become too small for all who wished to worship there – attendance averaged around 200 at each of three Sunday Masses. For a while, Mass was even offered in the Cayman Brac Wing of the Holiday Inn to accommodate tourists.
The first class picture taken in 1972. Dawn Daigle (nee Balderamos) is at the far left while Jerry Rice and Michael Wight are also in this picture. Can you find them? Who else can you spot?
St. Ignatius was one of the first churches to start Vacation Bible School in the Cayman Islands. This photo was taken in 1964 of the visiting Franciscan Sisters of Allegheny from the U.S.
Sister Caritas with unidentified priest. The photo was taken in 1972.
Sister Caritas with Alexis Nunes, Mrs. Duggan and three children (Tiffany and two others). This was Sunday School at the Shedden Road Church about 1972.