July 19, 2013
A capacity crowd of Bahamians, Bahamian descendents, and friends of The Bahamas, gathered at the Historic St. Agnes Church, Miami Florida on Sunday to take part in an Ecumenical Service celebrating the Bahamas 40th Anniversary of Independence.
A cross section of Bahamian spiritual leaders from the South Florida area took part in the service. Highlights included the introduction of the new Bahamas Consul General of The Bahamas to Florida, Mr. H. Ricardo Treco; Remarks from the Government of The Bahamas brought by Bahamas Minister of Financial Services, Mr. Ryan Pinder and an inspiring (sometimes funny), Independence Message from the Rector of St. Agnes, Father Denrick Rolle.
Saint Agnes Episcopal Church is one of Miami’s oldest and largest churches and had its origin in October 1897. The founders chose the name of Saint Agnes for the new Church because the majority of them had been members of the popular and vigorous Saint Agnes in Nassau, Bahamas. Sunday’s Ecumenical service began with the presentation of flags by representatives of The Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Customs Department, and was conducted by Reverend Jerome Symonette of Restoring Grace Community Church.
The organizers of the Ecumenical Service, The Bahamas Consulate General, once again made the annual presentations of thanks to honorees identified as persons who have made a significant contribution to the Bahamian community of South Florida. This year’s honorees included, Rosamon Gomez, who has held the position of President of the National Association of The Bahamas (NAB) for some 13 years and Spiritual leader of the Freewill Christian Center, Pastor David Ellis. Presentations were also made to Ms. Kay Winchell, Stephanie Teele and Miss Helen Gage.
The Ecumenical Service on Sumday was one of the events planned as a part of the month long series of activities to mark the 40th Anniversary of Independence by the Bahamian community in South Florida. The series of events were planned and organized by a committee under the leadership of Deputy Consul General, Florida, Ms. Sandra Carey and comprised of a selection of staff members of the Consulate and Bahamas Tourist Office, Florida along with local Bahamians representing the leadership of businesses, churches and Bahamian Organizations in South Florida.
The Independence celebrations in South Florida kicked-off last Friday with a Tree Planting and Flag Raising Ceremony in Perrine Florida. Other events set to take place include an Independence picnic, on Saturday July 20th; a Junkanoo Rushout, July 25th; a Gospel Concert, July 26th and the NAB Annual Fundraising scholarship Gala, July 27th - to be emceed by Mr. David Wallace.
Event details and ticketing information is available by calling Russell Carroll at (954) 673-0980, or Dr. J'Ramando Horton, at The Bahamas C0nsulate General at 305-373-6295.