We’re excited to announce that after many years of hoping and planning we’ve started building the House of Grace. Named in memory of former principal Grace Williams, the House of Grace will be a comfortable and welcoming space for clergy from mainland Belize or from all over the world.
Located on the edge of the school property, near our Palapa, this house will provide modest overnight accommodations for up to three people. The location on the Holy Cross property will facilitate interaction with students. It will also enable the clergy staying here to be part of the larger San Mateo community.
As accommodation in San Pedro can be expensive, it has been difficult to host visiting clergy. Clergy who wish to assist for days, weeks or even months will soon have a place to stay. They can then help with projects or lead worship and bible study for the Holy Cross students. This will help establish an Anglican faith presence at Holy Cross and in San Pedro.
In time we hope to have an active and engaged community of Christians, both adults and children. This community will come together to learn, worship and serve in an environment where the love of Christ can be openly expressed and shared with the entire community of San Pedro.
The Rt. Reverend Philip S. Wright, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Belize states that following a process of prayerful discernment he feels that God is calling the diocese to establish a greater faith presence at Holy Cross and in San Pedro. The first step in achieving that goal is to have regular clergy actively engaged with students, their families and other visitors to the Island.
Bishop Wright was in San Pedro on Sunday, March 3rd. He met with the founders of Holy Cross School, members of the Holy Cross Education Foundation Board and school staff. The highlight of the weekend visit was the groundbreaking for the House of Grace.
Building of an access road has already started. Teams of volunteers will work alongside our local building team over the coming months.
It is our hope to have clergy in place and holding worship services regularly by fall of 2019.