Mount Saint Agnes Academy
In 1889 the officers of the Irish Garrison who were stationed in Bermuda appealed to the Archbishop of Halifax, Nova Scotia to open a school for the children of Irish soldiers. In response, four Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (Halifax) were sent to Bermuda. Even though the soldiers had been recalled before the Sisters arrived, the need for a school for girls that would serve not only Bermudian children, but also the children of visitors who wintered here, was recognized.
Thus on the 3rd of March, 1890 Mount Saint Agnes Academy opened its doors at “Woodlands”, situated on the property where the Saltus Grammar School now stands. The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul owned and operated the School until 1975. Since then, MSA has been owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton, Bermuda, assisted by a Board of Governors.
Saint Agnes was chosen by the Sisters as the Patroness of the School at the request of the Archbishop of Halifax (Agnes was his mother’s name) and this was most appropriate since St. Agnes is the Patroness of youth.
Since its founding, MSA has become co-educational and has moved twice. In April of 1892 the School was moved from “Woodlands” to Experiment Hill on the corner of Cedar Avenue and Laffan Street. The property, with its additions and improvements over the years, was more often referred to as “the Convent” and was utilized for teaching until 1967, when the entire student body was moved to MSA’s current location.
Throughout its long history MSA has remained dedicated to the principles of Christian education, which forms a base for the School’s philosophy, that a deep rooted faith in Jesus Christ is the basis for all education.
MSA’s world-class curriculum, daily infusion of Catholic values and the expertise of our Faculty and Staff ensures its students receive the most complete education available in Bermuda. As a result, MSA graduates have a strong moral character, as well as a solid scholastic background, making them highly regarded as productive and positive members of the Bermudian community.
Catholic Youth Ministry
Diocesan Finance Council
Diocesan Pastoral Council
Bishop: Most Rev. Robert J. Kurtz, C.R.
Vicar General - St. Theresa's Cathedral: Rev. Paul S. Voisin, C.R.
St. Anthony: Rev. Mariusz Łuksza
St. Joseph: Rev. Mariusz Łuksza
St. Micheal: Rev. Attilio Morelli
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Roman Catholic Charity in Bermuda
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1851 by Fredric Ozanam, a 20 year old student of the Sorbonne University in Paris. In answer to a taunt for Christians to "practice what they preach", Frederic Ozanam and a group of fellow students started to seek out and visit the poor in Paris in their homes, bringing them bread and clothes, their friendship and concern. This small group took as their patron the great French priest, who alerted the world to social problems, St. Vincent de Paul. Similar groups began in Paris then the rest of France and eventually spread throughout the Christian world and the object of visiting for the love of God those in need. Today the Society is a world-wide organization of Christian lay men and women, young and old, of all backgrounds. It is the recognized Catholic Charity in the Diocese of Hamilton in Bermuda.
Who are we?
A group of people concerned in helping those in need. The work of the S.V.T.P. is the Gospel message in action.
I was hungry,
I was thirsty,
I was naked,
I was a stranger,
I was sick,
I was in prison,
and you cared!
There is no need which is outside the concern of the Society. Be it sickness, social or economic, the loneliness of old age, the alcoholic, the drug addict, the grieving, the alienated.
The members visit people in their homes, hospital, nursing homes etc. We also have a "Feeding of the Homeless" programme. The Loaves and Fishes Programme prepares and serves a hot nourishing meal every Sunday evening from 5:30pm-6:30pm to approximately 75 needy people at the St. Theresa's Hall on Laffan Street in Hamilton. No one is turned away.
Can we help?
The Pastor of your parish will put you in touch with us should you or someone you know need help in any way.
Can you help?
The Society is always in need of both financial and volunteer assistance. Our committee members are listed below. Please contact any one of them for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Committee
PRESIDENT: Joanne Judd - St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish
VICE-PRESIDENT: Annette Barclay - St. Joseph’s Parish
SECRETARY: Penny Fowkes - St. Patrick’s Parish
TREASURER: Susanne DeFrias - St. Anthony's Parish
COMMITTEE: Joe Amaral - St. Patrick’s Parish
John Pacheco - St. Theresa's Cathedral Parish
Ben DeSilva - St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish
Daphne DeSilva - St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish
Karen Leseur - St. Patrick’s Parish
Sandra Neal - Stella Maris Parish
Patricia Rodrigues - St. Anthony’s Parish