Page 12, 26th February 1937

26th February 1937
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Page 12, 26th February 1937 — Jamaica's Centenary

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Organisations: Catholic Church
Locations: Kingston, London


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Jamaica's Centenary

Catholic attention in the West Indies has been focussed recently on the centenary celebrations at Kingston in commemoration of the re-establishment of the Church in Jamaica.

The Faith was first brought to the island by early Spanish colonists. Spain, however, never had a firm hold on this fardistant possession in the Caribbean Sea. When Jamaica was captured by the English. in Cromwell's time, all traces of early Catholicity in the island were obliterated. The present revival of the Catholic Church in Jamaica is due to the fine work done there by members of the English and still more recently the American, Province of the Jesuits. There is now a cathedral, and also an excellent secondary school, in Kingston itself, and there are missions in many parts of the island.

Among the many bishops attending the centenary celebrations were Mgr. Myers (London), Mgr. Weld (British Guiana), Mgr. Wollgarten (Port Limon), and Mgr. Murphy (Belize); also the Provincials of several Religious Congregations. The Governor of Jamaica and many of the officials of the island were present at nearly all the functions

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