Share - Fall 2017 - 17
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
t was with joy that I accepted the lovely invitation from
Carole Evelyn Nelthrope, Regent of Court Our Lady of
Perpetual Help # 2049 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. As
the National Regent and Supervisor of the Virgin Islands, I
accepted the invitation to visit the Catholic Daughters on
the Island. This visit was coupled with the special occasion
of their 45th Anniversary in St Thomas and my attendance
at their court meeting.
It was interesting to find out that the Catholic Daughters
began there as a result of the vision of Genevieve
Christensen who was instrumental in bringing her friends
to a meeting which was held in her home. They were
parishioners of the Cathedral and as a result of this
meeting, with Blanca, Josephine and Agnes the court soon
became a reality on May 21, 1972.
It was an honor for me to work with the ladies of the
court to set up for the "First Class" dinner which was
held on Sunday after a beautiful Mass. I was grateful for
the opportunity to speak at Mass. The joy of the Gospel
was most evident during this liturgy. There was beautiful
music with tremendous participation. You could not miss
the Catholic Daughters as they were either in their robes or
in white. The officers proudly wore their robes.
I attended one of their local court meetings which
was well attended and efficiently run by Regent Carole
Nelthrope. Their outreach was very impressive. It was after
the meeting that we had to get ready for the big event.
At the dinner on Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting Rev.
Neil Scantlebury, Pastor of Holy Family Church where the Mass
was celebrated. The dinner followed in Columbian Hall.
There were six Past Regents in attendance, and they
received CDA pins for their accomplishments and dedication
to the Catholic Daughters. A Congressional Citation was
presented for all their good works on the Island. It was this
court that helped with the completion of the Cathedral of
Saints Peter and Paul in downtown Charlotte Amalie. I had
the opportunity to speak and then to present them with
a certificate in gratitude for all their hard work. We all
enjoyed the cultural Dancers from the Philippines. It was a
National Regent Helene Shepard, back row, right, with members of
Court Our Lady of Perpetual Help at the banquet table.
memorable day for all who attended this celebration of the
Aubré Nelthrope, husband of the court regent was an
outstanding tour guide. I think I saw every inch of the Island
in one day. It is a magnificent Island filled with the beauty
of God's handiwork. It is one visit that I will not forget.
The charitable works of the Catholic Daughters were most
evident during this visit. They even support orphaned children
in South America. They have been supporting seminarians,
and distributing Christmas care packages to shut- ins.
The weekend came to an end when I landed back in
Newark, but the memory of our sisters in the Virgin Islands
will long be remembered.