The Reverend Bernard B. Been to be instituted as Rector of the Church of St. Monica, Providenciales

The Reverend Bernard B. Been will be instituted as the Rector of the Church of St. Monica, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, and Priest in Charge of St. George, South Caicos, on  The Feast of The Ascension, Thursday, June 2, 2011, 7:30p.m., at the Church of St. Monica, 1307 Leeward Highway, Providenciales.

The Service of the Institution will be led by the Right Reverend Laish Zane Boyd, Sr.,  Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands.  He will also preach the sermon.

Scores of Anglicans from New Providence  will travel with the Bishop to Providenciales for the special service, including The Venerable Archdeacon Keith Cartwright, Archdeacon of the Southern Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands,  The Venerable Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown, Archdeacon of the West/Central Archdeaconry and Rector of St. Agnes Anglican Church, New Providence, and members of St. Agnes Church.

Father Bernard Been was born on January 23rd, 1974 on the beautiful island of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, to the late Cynthia Been and Canon Lamuel Been.

Young Bernard always possessed a great love for his Church and indeed his God, and this was demonstrated in the many activities in which he was involved prior to answering the call to Ministry. At age ten he joined the Altar Servers at the Parish of St. Thomas, Grand Turk, which was the genesis of a life committed to God.  He “always had an inclination” that he would become a Priest, however it was the combined influences of his Father, and The Rev’d. Father Charles Davidson, The Rev’d. Father David Webber, and the late Right Reverend Michael Hartley Eldon who influenced his decision.

Equipped with the practical experience that he gained in Grand Turk, and in Eleuthera, The Bahamas, young Bernard Been entered The College of The Bahamas, Nassau campus, in September, 1999 to begin the first phase of his formal training.  In 2001 he enrolled in Codrington College, Barbados to continue his studies and to test his vocation.  Three years later he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology with honours, with a Diploma in Pastoral Studies. 

On June 29th, 2004, Father Been was ordained Deacon at St. Thomas, Grand Turk, and the same church in which he first served as an Acolyte.

Father Been was then assigned to the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King, Grand Bahama, to serve his Diaconate under the tutelage of then Canon Harry Bain (now The Venerable Archdeacon Harry Bain).
On June 29th, 2005 Father Been was ordained Priest, and continued to serve at Christ the King, Freeport.  He excelled at the as an outstanding Youth leader, maintaining the existing youth ministries, and introducing new ministries, including the CTK Kings Basketball Team for young boys, and the Youth Choir.  He also excelled at the Archdeaconry level, introducing the “Shalom”, a youth event for the Northern Archdeaconry. 

In 2007, Father Been was assigned to St. Agnes Church, Grants Town, in New Providence.  Here he continued to grow, first under the Pro Tem Rector, The Right Reverend, Bishop Gilbert Arthur Thompson, and then the Venerable Archdeacon I. Ranfurly Brown.

The parish of St. Agnes contributed to his further grounding in the traditions of the Anglican Church to the extent that he developed the first St. Agnes Confirmation Booklet.   Additionally, while at St. Agnes he also completed a Diploma in Secondary Education from the College of The Bahamas.  This qualified him as a trained teacher.

In November, 2010 Father Been was assigned to the Church of St. Monica, Providenciales, with responsibility for St. George, South Caicos. 

Father Been is happily married to Jo-Ann (née) Clarke of Barbados.

All Anglicans and the wider Christian community are invited to attend the Service of Institution.

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