Twenty-nine years ago, in September 1971, the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help of Jamaica, arrived in Grand Cayman to establish the Catholic School.
Throughout these years, several Sisters were sent on mission in the wake of the pioneers, Srs. Sheila Marie and Rosalie Marie. Unquestionably, these sisters have made an invaluable contribution to Catholic Education on the Island. They served primarily as Principals and teachers in St. Ignatius Preparatory School, originally known as Our Lady of Perpetual Help Prep School.
Besides this, they did Catechetical and Pastoral Work, building up the People of God in the Catholic Church Community. They visited the sick and shut-ins and extended their ministry to families and to countless persons whom they befriended and evangelized.
As the one who was privileged to spend twenty-six years on this mission of the "BLUE SISTER" as we are affectionately known, I wish to extend, on behalf of all our Sisters, heartiest Congratulations to the Catholic Community which celebrates its Golden Anniversary this year.
This is a landmark year for Christianity but more particularly for the universal Church. It is the celebration of JUBILEE 2000.
Several Priests have served faithfully and well during the relatively short history of our Church. They have not only, each one in his own way, brought growth to the Church on this Island in terms of numbers, but they have brought and nurtured the Catholic Faith in the hearts of many of our Caymanian brothers and sisters..
I speak for all our Sisters whose photograph accompanies this message. We thank God for having sent us on mission to this Caribbean island. It was our joy to contribute to the unparalleled educational achievements of the students whose parents entrusted them to our spiritual care and moral instruction.
The Franciscan Missionary Sisters in the Cayman Islands (back row, left to right), Sisters Mary Caritas, Rosalie Marie, Mary Augustine, Mary Loretto and Mary Joseph. Front row (L to R) Sisters Jacquelyn Maria, Clodagh Marie and Mary Andrew. Unavailable for photograph: Sisters Sheila Marie, Mary Cecilia, Maria Divine Heart and Paschal Marie.
We offer all that we have been and done for Catholic Education here, to the greater honour and glory of God - the Jesuit motto. I use this message also to thank the people of Grand Cayman for having allowed both our Sisters and the Priests to share their lives as we served in this corner of God's vineyard.
With deepest gratitude and in the spirit of St. Francis, we pray that God's work will continue to grow throughout Christ's Church on Caymanian soil.
God bless you all!
Sister Mary Caritas of the FMS