21. The Church on Cayman Brac
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5 June 1952 Father McHale writes: "Met Captain Ritch of Cayman Brac, father in law of Teacher Ritch. He asked when I was going to Cayman Brac. Friendly. He might form an initial contact base of operations later."
22 November 1953 Father McHale says Mass in Cayman Brac. He was scheduled to go back to Jamaica around the 19th or 20th, but Val Anderson suggested he stop at Cayman Brac. He exchanged his bookings to do so. Took 2 Dramamine pills. "Not sick!" he reported. He arrived on the Brac on the morning of the 20th and met many people. "Met Grant of Hansons Theatre at White Bay. Electric Light can be had there. Mass and lecture arranged"
On Sunday, the 22nd, he said Mass at 11.00 am with about 12 people present.
About 125 in the evening. The lecture lasted 1 hour, 20 minutes. Father paid 1.0.0 for transportation and light. The collection was 0.12.9.
Afterwards he wrote: "Cayman Brac has only one Catholic. Religion is at a low ebb. Extremists have made religion distasteful. There seems to be good hope of doing something there as far as I can judge."
Late 1960s No documentation is readily available for the rest of the 1950s or early 60s.
In 1969, Frank and Sally Balderamos moved to Cayman Brac after several months in Grand Cayman. They found five other Catholics there and invited Father Sergeant to come over as often as he could. Father stayed with them in their house at Stake Bay and said Mass "on a beautiful dining room table that was perfect as an altar," Sally recalled.
The Balderamos Family moved back to Grand Cayman after a year and a half.
Did visits by priests continue? It is known that Father Judah went to the Brac on occasion, as did Mnsgr. Meaney.
May 1988 Catholics from Grand Cayman attend a weekend retreat organised by Monsignor Meaney. Venue is the Brac Reef Resort.
1993 On 4 March, the deed to 3.25 acres of land is transferred to the Catholic Church following its donation by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Scott. The land is situated on the Bluff.
Monsignor Meaney retires to Cayman Brac, where he continues to serve as volunteer missioner. A house in Stake Bay is made available to him and what was once an attached garage is converted into a chapel.