Bishop Herbert Bevard celebrated Christmas Mass under sunny skies for about 60 Spanish-speaking residents of Estate Fredensborg on St. Croix. Estate Fredensborg is a community that was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and re-emerged in recent years by squatters who could not find homes elsewhere on the island.
The Religious of the Good Shepherd, who organize the annual event, set up a makeshift altar (shown at the far right) in a lot littered with abandoned cars. Pictured here, Bishop Bevard with Sister Digna Rivas, RGS, sang the Spanish opening hymn, “Navidad, Navidad.”
Following Mass, Bishop Bevard called forth the children by name and presented them with gifts of clothing and shoes. The children were also given toys through the generosity of the parishioners of Holy Cross Church. A hot lunch was served as well.