The past 25 years of ministry have seen many successes for Archdeacon Cartwright
work can been seen in a number of new and renovated buildings throughout the Diocese.In 1980, at the tender age of 22 years, Archdeacon Cartwright graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with honours from Codrington College, and returned home to begin his work in the Church of God.Because he was too young for ordination, he was subsequently sent to Grand Bahama to take up a post at the Freeport Anglican High School, while assisting the late Canon Eric Sam in starting the Church of the Ascension in Lucaya, Grand Bahama.
During this time, he
entered studies at the University of Miami reading for a Master's Degree in Education Administration.He
graduated in May 1982.
On 18th June, 1981, Archdeacon Cartwright
was ordained Deacon at his
old Parish Church
, St. Agnes, in Nassau, and a year later he
was ordained to the sacred Priesthood on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, 24th June 1982, at services at Christ Church Cathedral
, Nassau.In Grand Bahama, Archdeacon Cartwright held responsibility for the Youth work of the Northern Arcdeaconry,and he also became the President of the Grand Bahama Schools Physical Education Council.He
left Grand Bahama on 2nd August, 1984 for Exuma to become the Rector of St. Andrew's Parish
with its six churches and to be responsible for Holy Innocents Church
in Ragged Island.
stay in Exuma, Archdeacon Cartwright
built the new St. Mary Magdalene's Church
in Williamstown, completed the Parish Community Centre
in George Town, extended and completely renovated the Church in George Town and built two community centres, one in Harts, in the West, and one in Williamstown, in the East.During his eight years in Exuma, he was also the Rural Dean for the South Central Bahamas of the Diocese, with responsibility for Exuma, Long Island, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Ragged Island and Rum Cay.He
also built the new Holy Innocents Church
in Duncan Town, Ragged Island .
Bishop Michael H. Eldon appointed Archdeacon Cartwright
the Rector of the Church of Christ The King, Freeport on Friday, 29th May, 1992 and one year later he
was made the Archdeacon of the Northern Bahamas
with direct responsibility for Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, Berry Islands, Eleuthera, Harbour Island, Cat Island and San Salvador.During his time on Grand Bahama, Archdeacon Cartwright oversaw the construction of the new Church of St. Jude's in Smith Point, ably assisted by the then Deacon Michael Gittens.He served as Archdeacon of the Northern Bahamas until Bishop Eldon's retirement in August, 1996.
In January 1998, Archdeacon Cartwright
was appointed to the newly created Southern Archdeaconry of The Turks and Caicos Islands and The Southern Bahamas, with direct responsibility for the Churches in Exuma, Rum Cay, Ragged Island, Long Island, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, Inagua, Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay and Providenciales.He
vacated the rectorship of Christ The King in Freeport, Grand Bahama at the end of April 1998, having just completed the construction of a Social Outreach and Christian Education Centre
, providing a new vestry and robing area, two new conference rooms, and extended office facilities.Archdeacon Cartwright became the Rector of St. Christopher's Parish Church in Lyford Cay, New Providence, in May 1998 and serves the western end of New Providence along with his duties as Archdeacon of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southern Bahamas.
Immediately upon his
arrival at St. Christopher's
restored and renovated the Rectory.
has overseen the extension and renovation of the Rectory in Crooked Island, the restoration of St. Michael's Church in Moss' Town, Crooked Island and the Chapel at Sts.David and Augustine's Church
in Long Cay.The Church of St. Clement
in Acklins Island has been completely renovated and furnished, and he
has extended All Saints Church
, Church Grove, Crooked Island with a new vestry, office and restroom facility.He
also completely restored and extended the historic Church of St. Christopher
and its rectory in Port Nelson Rum Cay . Archdeacon Cartwright
has also been "building lives" over the past 25 years.He
has fostered some 33 children, some of whom have responded to the call to the Sacred Ministry, and who are now serving along side him in the Anglican Diocese
many years of unselfish service to the Church and the community, Archdeacon Cartwright
was honoured by Rotary International with the prestigious Paul Harris Award.
The VOICE congratulates Archdeacon Cartwright
on achieving this significant milestone and prays for his
continued success in Mission and Ministry.
Back To Top ^
Long Island Gets Its
Celebrates 25 Years