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St Ignatius Parish
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands
  2005-2012
 

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Our Mission

The Catholic Church in the Cayman Islands is of a very special nature in that its boundaries are the entire nation of the Cayman Islands. The Church is dedicated to providing the spiritual and sacramental growth of its members throughout the Islands. With the great number of nationalities living on the Islands, there is much diversity in its parishioners. The Church does, therefore, all it can to provide the necessary ministries for the different cultures represented on the Islands.

We worship as one yet provide the necessities for each culture to integrate into the whole community. We are dedicated to educating all peoples on the Islands intellectually, spiritually and morally through our Parish Education System of schools and Religious Education.

The Parish supports its programmes of Worship, Education and Christian Service through a strong Stewardship Program of encouraging all to share their Time, Talent and Treasure to the best of their ability for the good of the Parish. As a member of the Caribbean Antilles Conference of Bishops, we support the work of these nations in our music, our way of life, our cultural heritage and our faith in Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Redeemer.

The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands comprise three islands situated about 500 miles due south of Miami. The main population centre is Grand Cayman with some 40,000 persons living on its 21 x 8 mile shores. Some 60 miles away to the east-north-east are the islands of Little Cayman (pop. <100) and Cayman Brac (pop. c.1200). The Cayman Islands are a British Protectorate, which in turn means that the Archdiocese of Detroit is the only US Diocese which drives both on the right and on the left.

There are Roman Catholic churches on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. There is currently no official Roman Catholic presence on Little Cayman.

 

 

Original Saint Ignatius Church - 1959 - Shedden Road

  •  1950 - Fr. William McHale SJ - responsibility for Cayman

  •  1951 - Fr. William McHale SJ - Cayman Marriage Officer

  •  1952 - Shedden Road land purchase

  •  1955 - Fr. Frances Jackmaugh - first resident priest

  •  1959 - Shedden Road church completed

  •  1971 - Sisters arrive to begin a school

  •  1972 - School begins in Walkers Road

  •  1981 - Fr. Charles Judah SJ begins Walkers Rd church

  •  1982 - Saint Ignatius Church, Walkers Road, opens

  •  1980's - Msgr Meaney - Pastor

  •  1993 - Christ The Redeemer Church, West Bay, opens

  •  Early 1990's - Fr. Edward Doyle and Msgr Charles Sewell

  •  1996 - Fr. Devon Nash - Pastor

  •  1996 - Adoration Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament opens

  •  2000 - Franciscan Missionary Sisters depart

  •  2000 - Parish becomes a Missio Sui Iuris under Detroit

  •  2000 - Fr. Michael Molnar - Pastor

  •  2006 - Fr. Alex Crasta - Associate Pastor

  •  2007 - Fr. Paul Ballien - Pastor

  •  2011 - Fr. Paul Coutinha - Pastor

  •  2011 - Stella Maris Church, Cayman Brac, opens

  •  2013 - Fr. Suresh Rajaian - Pastor

  •  2013 - Fr. Naveen D'Souza - Associate Pastor

 

The Parish

Founded in 1950, Saint Ignatius Parish celebrated its 50th anniversary during the Millennium year of 2000.

Originally part of the Archdiocese of Kingston, the Parish was moved to the pastoral control of the Archdiocese of Detroit in November 2000. The legal name of the Parish is: The Roman Catholic Archbishop of the Cayman Islands.

  • Located on the island of Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands, the Parish has two churches, Saint Ignatius on Walkers Road, in George Town, and Christ the Redeemer in on Rev. Blackman Drive in West Bay. Grand Cayman is the main business centre of the islands and is one of the largest offshore financial centres in the world. The majority of the population of Grand Cayman is situated on the western half of the island in the Savannah, George Town, Seven Mile Beach and West Bay districts. Grand Cayman has a population in excess of 50,000 people.

  • Located on the island of Cayman Brac, the second largest of the three Cayman Islands, the Parish has one church, Stella Maris on Alta Vista Drive. Cotton Tree Bay. Cayman Brac has a population of about 1,200 people.

Parish activity is centred around these three churches, but pastoral activity is directed from the Rectory at St. Ignatius Church whose grounds also house the St. Ignatius School, offering Preparatory and High schooling.

Parishioners are culturally diverse with backgrounds ranging from Cayman, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, to North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and East Asia including the Philippines.

Visitors to the parish are immediately struck by the Caribbean flavour of the music which accompanies the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday evenings and Sundays. The hymnal features all of the well-established hymns but adds many new ones, authored by Caribbean priests and laity, whose rhythms are definitely Caribbean in nature. In addition, the sung portion of the Eucharistic celebration is a joyous sing-along for our visitors who quickly pick up and adapt to the exciting celebratory  vocals.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

St. Ignatius Church hosts perpetual Eucharistic Adoration on a limited schedule due to the small population of the Parish. On all days except Friday, PEA commences after the first Mass and terminates at midnight. On Fridays, PEA continues through the night.

Visitors are welcome - you will find the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament just off the sacristy of St. Ignatius Church.

Attendance at the Holy Eucharist

Please respect the sanctity of our churches. Neither chewing gum nor cell phones are welcome, and beach attire is best left to the beach.

 

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