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|Posted by:||Oct 31st 2004, 05:21:54 pm|
|chapel||FR. BARRY COMES TO ST. AGNES NASSAU
Richard Marquess Barry is a Canon of the Anglican Church or Episcopalian Church as it is called in the United States. He is the Rector of St. Agnes Church in Overtown, Florida. He is the grandson of a woman from Harbour Island in The Bahamas. St. Agnes Church in Florida was established out of St. Agnes Church in Nassau. It is said that some time around 1897, there was a Black washerwoman singing in the home of some whites in Florida the hymn: “The Church Is One Foundation”. An English priest heard her and asked her where she had learned the hymn. She told him that she was a member of St. Agnes in Nassau, and that she wanted to practice her religion in Miami but could not because there was no church for Blacks to attend. With that the church was founded and today has some 3000 members, most of whom are of Bahamian ancestry. In fact all of the rectors going back fifty years were of Bahamian ancestry. Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell spoke at the Men’s Day service of the Church in Miami earlier this year. Now, Fr. Barry has been invited by St. Agnes Church in Nassau to preach the sermon at the services of today, Sunday 31st October at 7 a.m., 10:30 a.m. 7 p.m. and at 10:30 p.m.
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