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KEYS AND SWORD AWARD BENEFIT

 

 

The Keys and Sword is awarded in recognition of extraordinary commitment
and selfless dedication by the recipient in serving other individuals as well
as the community in general. This award, bestowed by the Mother Church
of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U. S. Virgin Islands, acknowledges one
whose actions reflect the Gospel values of faith, selfless service, personal
sacrifice, respect and valor. Centered on the symbols of the patron saints of
the Cathedral, this accolade celebrates that there are those among us whose
vision and character rise above the norm.

  • AWARD 2010

  • AWARD 2011

  • AWARD 2012

  • AWARD 2013

  • AWARD 2014

  • AWARD 2015


FIRST ANNUAL 2010 KEYS AND SWORD AWARD BENEFIT

Bishop Emeritus Elliott Thomas was the honoree at the Keys and Sword Award Benefit
at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas on February 6. The
Proceeds from the event benefitted the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Restoration
Project, wich will launch its second phase of construction in the spring.



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Father Alfred Bradley, CSsR, was the keynote speaker.
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Bishop Herbert Bevard tanked the donors and the honoree.
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Bishop Elliott Thomas prayed the benedictions after the presentations.
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SECOND ANNUAL 2011 KEYS AND SWORD AWARD BENEFIT

His Excellency, Bishop Herbert Bevard, presented Dr. Alfred
Heath with the second annual Keys and Sword Award at a white-tie
dinner dance at the Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas
on Saturday, January 22, 2011. The fundraiser was for the Cathedral
Restoration Project.



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Bishop Bevard announced that Pope Benedict XVI had awarded
Dr. Heath membership in the Society of St. Gregory the Great, the
highest honor given by the Vatican to a lay person, and pinned the
surprised recipient with the medal.



Bishop Bevard presented Dr. Heath with the papal document
enrolling him as a member of the Society of St. Gregory the Great.
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THIRD ANNUAL 2012 KEYS AND SWORD AWARD BENEFIT BANQUET

The fourth annual Keys & Sword Award Benefit at the Marriott Frenchman's
Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas on Saturday, February 11, 2012 honored
the Dowling Family Foundation, Louis de Lyrot and the late Gerard Nicholson.

The 2012 Keys and Sword Award was presented by Bishop Bevard to the
William C. Dowling Family Foundation in memory of William C. Dowling,
Jr. represented by: John D. Evans, Jr, Esq, Trustee with a portrait collage of his life —
longtime parishioner and benefactor of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral and School.

A special recognition Certificates of Appreciation was presented by Bishop Bevard to:
Mrs. Aracely Nicholson, widow and family in memory of Gerard R. Nicholson with a
portrait collage of his life — longtime parishoner and supporter of Saints
Peter and Paul Cathedral, School and Cathedral restoration.

and

Louis De Lyrot CEO Cardow Jewelers — longtime parishioner of Saints Peter and
Paul Cathedral, catholic charities support and contributions.

 


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John Evans thanked Bishop Bevard on behalf of the Dowling Family Foundation.
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Portrait collage — Gerard Nicholson
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Bishop Bevard read the inscription on the plaque awarded to
Aracely Nicholson in honor of her late husband, Gerard.
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FOURTH ANNUAL 2013 KEYS AND SWORD AWARD BENEFIT

The fourth annual Keys & Sword Award Benefit at the Marriott Frenchman's
Reef Beach Resort on St. Thomas on Saturday, January 26, 2013 honored
His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. CAP, the Archbishop of Boston.

 

His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. CAP Archbishop of Boston
His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. CAP
Archbishop of Boston

 

Bishop Herbert Bevard, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas in the
Virgin Islands presented Cardinal Seán O'Malley, archbishop of Boston,
chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro Life Activities and former bishop of the
Diocese of St. Thomas, with the 2013 Keys and Sword Award.


(l-r) His Excellency Bishop Herbert A. Bevard; His Eminence Seán Cardinal O’Malley
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The processional during the singing of National Anthem
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Msgr. Jerome Feudjio, Rector of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral gives the invocation;
The master of ceremonies, Athniel “Addie” Ottley, bows in prayer
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(l-r) First Lady Cecile de Jongh; the Very Reverend Monsignor Jerome Feudjio;
His Excellency Bishop Herbert A. Bevard and Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr.
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(l-r) Father Jonathan Gaspar, secretary to Cardinal O'Malley; Knight James Hague; Bishop Bevard;
Bishop Peter Libasci, bishop of the Diocese of Manchester, NH; Brian Rourke;
and Father Jason Jalbert, secretary to Bishop Libasci
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Bishop Bevard poses with premier sponsors of Keys and Sword event:
Times-Shamrock Communications and VI Daily News
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Catholic Extension interviews Dame Clair Foster of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
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Memorial Mass — Cardinal Seán O’Malley gives the homily during the Memorial Mass
for Sister Louis Marie Bryan, former Chancellor of the Diocese
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(l-r) Timothy Olive, President of the Diocesan prolife group Bound 4 Life USVI; Cardinal Seán O'Malley
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FIFTH ANNUAL 2014 KEYS AND SWORD AWARD BENEFIT — Saturday, February 1, 2014

On behalf of His Excellency, Bishop Herbert A. Bevard, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of
St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and The Very Reverend Monsignor Jerome Feudjio,
Rector of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral,  you are cordially invited to the fifth annual
Keys and Sword Award Benefit on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at The Marriott Frenchman’s
Reef Hotel and Resort.

The proceeds from this elegant “white tie” affair will benefit the restoration of our
167-year old Mother Church, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.   We are grateful for the
continued support from our parishioners, friends of the Diocese and the Virgin Islands
business community and it is our pleasure to announce that we are in the final phase
of the restoration!

KEYS AND SWORD HISTORY
Bishop Bevard launched this premier event to recognize individuals and friends for their
extraordinary contributions and selfless dedication to the Cathedral and the Diocese of
St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.   This accolade celebrates those among us with attributes
of vision and character that rise above the norm through their past and present service
to the Church.

THE 2014 KEYS AND SWORD HONOREES
Bishop Bevard will present the 2014 Keys and Sword Award to Mr. Athneil C. Ottley,
President of Ottley Communications and Mr. Jean A. Dragin, President of Jean
Dragin Enterprises. Both honorees are long-time supporters of the restoration effort
as well as other notable projects for our Diocese.


Mr. Athneil C. Ottley, President of Ottley Communications

Athniel C. (Addie) Ottley was born November 19, 1941, one of eleven children,
his father was Post-Master of Charlotte Amalie until his death in 1981.

Addie completed his high-school studies at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School.
Following graduation,  he enrolled in the RCA Institute of Technology in New York
majoring in Electronics and subsequently attended Indiana Institute of Technology
majoring in Electronics and Engineering.

Married to the  lovely Mary Simmons in December, 1975, Addie says “Mary has been
my guiding light ever since that lucky day”.

His commitment  as a Catholic and parishioner of the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral
has never wavered.  He has been actively involved as a staunch supporter of the
Cathedral restoration project.  Addie not only donated his time and talent, but also
philanthrophic support to the Diocese of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

Today, Addie is the owner and Manager of WSTA Radio where he is host of
“The Morning Show” now in its 43rd year. He is the host of “Face to Face”
on WTJX – the local PBS television station. Also, Addie is a former US Virgin Islands
Senator,  Lieutenant Governor and two-time president of the St. Thomas/St. John
Chamber of Commerce.

 


Mr. Jean A. Dragin, President of Jean Dragin Enterprise

In 1965 at the age of 26, Jean came to St. Thomas to visit his aunt and Doctor of Theology,
Josette Rey. Thus, began his 48 years of loving dedicated service within the Catholic
Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands

A devout Catholic, Jean Dragin, was born in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. In 1968,
three years after his visit, Jean decided to return to St. Thomas and reside permanently.

It was not long before Jean’s industrious work ethic, loyalty, and vision executed with
exceptional skill and talent in engineering, construction and maintenance became well
known in the Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese. Additionally, his engineering
acumen became well known to the secular Virgin Islands business communities.

Join His Excellency, Bishop Herbert A. Bevard on Saturday, February 1, 2014 as we pay
tribute to our brothers in Christ!

Information for  purchasing Tickets, Ad Packages and making Patron Contributions:

Tickets are $150.00 per person and can be purchased from K & S Committee members
(listed below) and from all Catholic church offices in the Territory.
(Reminder that $90.00 of the ticket cost is tax deductible.) Table seating is limited to eight (8)
per table. Dietary restrictions in food preparation is available and should be given
to the person you purchased your ticket(s) from.

Ad Packages are 100% tax deductible. An Advertising Agreement is enclosed with each ad
packet for your selection. All Ads are published in color and available in four sizes:

Full Page – Half Page - Quarter Page – Business Card

Patron Contributions are accepted from $1 up to $299 and 100% tax deductible. The program
booklet will list only the name of the patron–not the dollar amount.

Tickets, Ad packages and Patron contributions are available at all Church offices and from committee
members (CM).

ST. THOMAS CHURCH OFFICES AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS (CM)

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral – Office Hours 8:00 A.M. to 5:00P.M.
The Very Rev. Msgr. Jerome Feudjio, Rector, Cathedral Office (340) 774-0201
Bernadine Barnes, Business Mgr., Cathedral Office (Main Street) – (340) 774-0201,
Fax: (340)776-9586
CM:  Charlotte Banks, Mary Griffin, Esonia Hassel, Lillia King, Alrid Lockhart, Gilbert Pinney,
Marina Salem, Joselyn Williams, Gail Schulterbrandt and Karen Swan

St. Anne Chapel (Carenage) Frenchtown – Office Hours- 8:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
Rev. Msgr. Antonio Verzosa, Church Office (340) 714-1101
Marianne Magras, Secretary, Church Office (340) 714-1101, Fax: (340) 714-5231

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) -  Office Hours 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.(Tuesday - Friday)
Rev. Eduardo Santiago-Ortiz, Pastor, (340) 774-0885
Keya Chongasing, Office Mgr. (340) 774-0885, Fax: (340) 774-5896

Holy Family Church – Office Hours 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Very Rev. Neil Scantlebury, Pastor, (340) 775-1650
Allison Charles, Secretary, Church Office – (340) 775-1650, Fax: (340) 775-1750
CM:  Jean Dragin, and Alicia Douté

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) - ST. JOHN – Office Hours 9:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Rev. Anthony Abraham, Pastor, Church Office – (340) 776-6339
Simonia Dagou, Administrative. Assistant, (340) 776-6339, Fax: (340) 693-7685

 ST: CROIX CHURCH OFFICES

Holy Cross Church/Sacred Heart Chapel – Office Hours 9:00A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Rev. John Juszczak, C.Ss.R., Pastor¸ (340) 773-7564
Serena Anduze, Secretary, Church Office – (340) 773-7564, Fax: (340) 713-9149

St. Patrick Church – Office Hours 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Rev. E. Patrick Lynch, C.Ss.R., Pastor, (340) 772-0138
Bernadine V. Christmas, Secretary, Church Office – (340) 772-0138, Fax: (340)772-0142

St. Joseph Church - Office Hours 8:00A.M. to 2:00 P.M.,
Rev. John Mark, Pastor, (340) 692-2005
Victoria Diez-Soto, Business Mgr., Church Office  - (340) 692-2005, Fax:  (340) 692-2748

St. Ann Church – Office Hours 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.(Tuesday through Friday)
Rev. Msgr. Michael Kosak, P.A., Pastor, (340) 778-0484
Maria Jones, Secretary, Church Office – (340) 778-0484, Fax: (340) 779-3151

For further information regarding this event, please feel free to contact Executive Committee Members:
Charlotte Banks and  Lillia King at (340) 774-3166, Ext. 213.

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Hotel Accommodations:
The Marriott Frenchman’s Reef has reserved a block of rooms, with special rates per night,
for guests attending this event. 

Resort View:                 $ 389.00    single/double (plus 15% tax and gratuity)
Extra Guest charge       $   40.00    per guest per night

Please reserve your room ASAP by contacting Charlotte Banks at the Chancery Office
340-774-3166, ext. 213 or cell 312-504-6330.  This special rate is good for three days before
and three days after the event to persons attending the Keys and Sword Award Benefit.
This is a great time to invite family and friends off island as well as throughout the Territory
to join us in St Thomas for this wonderful event and enjoy a great get away.

(Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 10%)
in effect at the time of check in. Currently, Bellman and Housekeeping gratuities
are 5% of group room rate, per night. Additionally, the Resort Fee of $30 per room
per day will be activated on all individual guest accounts to be paid at checkout.)


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SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014
We look forward to welcoming you at our Fifth Annual Keys and Sword Award Benefit
BLESSINGS TO ALL!

 


SIXTH ANNUAL 2015 AWARD BENEFIT
Saturday, January 31, 2015

 

ELEGANT WHITE-TIE AFFAIR BENEFITS
RESTORATION OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL CATHEDRAL


On behalf of His Excellency, Bishop Herbert A. Bevard, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of
St.Thomas in the Virgin Islands and the Very Reverend Monsignor Jerome Feudjio, Rector of
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, you are invited to attend the sixth annual Keys and Sword
Award Benefit to be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel
in the Grand Harbour Concourse and Ballroom.This elegant "white tie" affair will benefit
the restoration of our 169-year-old Mother Church, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. This
premier event recognizes individuals and friends of our Diocese for their extraordinary
contributions and selfless dedication to the Cathedral and to the Diocese.

The Keys & Sword Honorees: ESONIA MONSANTO HASSELL and DONALD CONRAD FRANÇOIS
Bishop Bevard will present the 2015 Keys & Sword Award to Esonia M. Hassell and
Donald C. François, both parishioners of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral and long-time
supporters of the restoration effort and the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Vrrgin Islands.

Tickets
Tickets are available for this event at all parish offices and from committee members.
Tickets are $150 per person ($90 Tax Deductible). A limited number of tickets will be
available at the door. Table seating is limited to eight (8) per table. Special dietary
restrictions in food preparation are available.

Additional information
Charlotte Banks or Lillia King (340) 774-3166, Ext. 213
• Complimentary Shuttle Service To/From Havensight Mall & Red Hook Perry Dock
beginning at 5:30 pm. One Trip Only from Red Hook Ferry Dock at 5:30 pm
• Bishop's Reception 6 pm, Music by Francis Callwood
• Dinner Entertainment Provided By Francis Callwood and
Special Performance by James Z. Smith, Saxophonist
• Award Ceremony & Dancing 7 pm - Midnight, Music by the Milo's Kings
• Select Door Prizes, Grand Prize & Raffle Drawing

 

Bio Brief ESONIA MONSANTO HASSELL
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Understandably defined by her children as the female head of family, the group-empowering
decision-maker, family nurturer, protector and guide – Esonia Rehenia Monsanto-Hassell
was born on St. Thomas over eighty years ago to George and Rose Monsanto (deceased).
The second of nine children, she grew up in the neighborhoods of Savan, Hospital Ground
and Garden Street with her siblings: Algernon, George, Roy, Verne, Claude (all deceased)
and the surviving three: Austin, Boyd and Norma.

During her formative years Esonia attended the Catholic and public schools in the Virgin Islands
until the tenth grade when she transferred to Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, New York – her
courses of study were in Commercial Business. Upon graduation, Esonia began working full-time
in the stocks and bonds Department of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company while
attending Hunter College part-time. Despite her transfer, Esonia is still considered a member of
the Charlotte Amalie Class of 1947 and celebrates with them when the occasion arises.

A strong love of her homeland caused Esonia to return home where she met and married Louis
Alexandre Hassell, I on September 2, 1951. Louis and Esonia started a family that numbered six
(five girls and a boy – her last). From first to last: Dr. Lois A. Hassell-Habtes, Principal of E.
Benjamin Oliver Elementary School, Louise A. Hassell-Armstrong, Counselor/Social Worker for
the Georgia Correctional Bureau System; Lorayne A. Hassell-Webb, Educator/Manager for the
Georgia Department of Education; Laura A. Hassell, Retired/Grady Health Care System; Lisa A.
Hassell-Forde, Principal of Addelita Cancryn Junior High School; Louis A. Hassell II, Homeland
Security/Water & Power Authority on St. Croix.

In keeping with the religious Catholic beliefs, all of Louis and Esonia’s children attended Saints
Peter and Paul School from Kindergarten. Again love and faith played a major role in the lives of
the Hassells’ when with an abundance of affection an goodwill Esonia and her husband became
surrogate parents to a twelve year-old boy; thus expanding their family to seven. That young
man grew up to become Brigadier General for the United States Virgin Islands National
Guard - Reynaldo Rivera.

The year 2004 saw the transition of Esonia’s involvement in Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral
Parish to being a strong drive working administratively on the Cathedral restoration with
Cathedral Rector Msgr. Jerome Feudjio, Bishop George V. Murray, Fr. Neil Scantlebury (nee
Cathedral Rector) as a church office receptionist and weekly collections counter. Her work from
2004 until 2010 focused primarily on documenting the financial collections for our then century
and a half year-old Cathedral.

A Charter Member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 2049, she served two
consecutive terms as Recording Secretary and is now serving her fifth year as its Vice-Regent.
She is also a member of the Magnificat Ministry in which she served as treasurer for eight
years. To this day, Esonia serves on the Steering committee of the Keys and Sword Award
Benefit as co-chair of special gifts and solicitations.

 

Bio Brief DONALD CONRAD FRANÇOIS
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Donald Conrad François was born on St. Thomas on October 18, 1930. Educationally, he is a
product of both Saints Peter and Paul School and Charlotte Amalie High School (graduated in
1949). An enrollee of Catholic School was not the only significant part of his Cathedral life; he
grew up just diagonally across the street from our Catholic Chancery on Frenchman’s Hill and
speaks with pride as having been regularly selected to bring the faculty of Sisters of Charity’s
lunches from the Convent to the school’s faculty lunchroom. Mr. François’ involvement in
Cathedral projects continues up to the present time having worked with Msgr. Jerome Feudjio
since 2001 on various structural planning phases of the Cathedral’s restoration.

He interrupted his studies at Howard University to serve in the United States Air Force from
1950 to 1954. After graduating from Howard University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. François worked for Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle,
Washington, and later at United Technology Center and Lockheed Missile and
Space Company in California.

Mr. François has been married to the former Faye McIntosh for 57 years. Donald and Faye are
the parents of two daughters; Denise, who holds a BA from Amherst College, an LLB from the
University of San Diego, California and now serves as a Judge in the Superior Court of
the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas/St. John; and Monique who received her BA from Florida A&M
and an MBA from Mercer in Atlanta, GA, is the Director of Human Resources for
Deloitte Corporation, LLC in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. François and his family returned to St. Thomas where from 1969 to 1981, he applied his
Engineering expertise as the Director of Natural Resources in the Virgin Islands Department of
Conservation and Cultural Affairs (now the Department of Planning and Natural Resources).
His made mark was in the areas of environmental health, formulating air
pollution and control standards.

His distinguished active career with the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA),
spans from 1981 to his retirement in 1994. During that thirteen-year period, he served as
Director of Engineering and Environmental Affairs, followed by his appointment to the
position of Chief Operating Officer. His retirement was short-lived because he returned to
serve on the WAPA Governing Board; recently he was reappointed to serve a second term.
In recognition of his numerous contributions to WAPA, the Long Bay power substation was
renamed the Donald C. François Substation on December 5, 2012.

SAVE THE DATE!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 2015
We look forward to welcoming you at our Sixth Annual Keys and Sword Award Benefit
BLESSINGS TO ALL!

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