St. Theresa’s Cathedral
With ornate contrast to Holy Trinity Cathedral, its Anglican counterpart across town, Bermuda’s Roman Catholic St. Theresa’s Cathedral (13 Elliott St., tel. 441/292-0607 or 441/292-8486, sttheresas [at] northrock [dot] bm, 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m. daily, admission free) was built in 1932 and named for St. Theresa of Lisieux, “The Little Flower.”
The church’s tower was not finished until 1947, and 20 years later, St. Theresa’s became a cathedral when Bermuda was officially named a diocese. St. Theresa’s boasts the largest weekly attendance of worshippers on the island, with numerous masses and evening services.
The Portuguese Bermudian community’s religious festas, which honor certain saints, use the cathedral as the base for colorful spectacles. One of the best known is the procession of Santo Cristo, when hundreds gather at St. Theresa’s on the fifth Sunday after Easter seeking miracles for the sick and poor during a march through the city.
The cathedral’s gift shop (tel. 441/292-0416, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat.) sells rosaries, bibles, cards, candles, and English and Portuguese books.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition