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The church with the blue door is St. Peter & St.Paul's Catholic Church which was designed by Father Jerome Hawes. The church with the red trimmings is the St. Paul's Anglican Church, built and designed by Father Jerome Hawes

St. Peter & St. Paul's Catholic Church was designed by the late Father Jerome Hawes. The church has twin towers and is located on a very high hill overlooking the harbor and three large cays. It is featured on the covers of most Long Island brochures.

Father Jerome was originally an Anglican priest, but later converted to the Roman Catholic faith. He designed St. Peter's and St. Paul's Catholic Church, which was completed by Father Cornelius in 1947.  The twin 40-foot towers (which can be climbed to view 360 degrees) are well-known landmarks on Long Island, guiding mariners into the Great Clarence Town Harbor. The magnificent altar, back lit by sunlight, casts inspiration from its brilliant masterpiece design.

Hours Open to Visitation

The most appropriate time to visit the church is between sunrise and sunset. If you would like to attend a service, you should contact the church directly for the schedule; services are held at alternate churches throughout the island.

Accessibility Notes

Persons in wheelchairs or those with mobility impairments will have some difficulty getting up the stairs into the church. However all persons should be very careful while climbing the stairs to view the surrounding areas of Clarence Town.

For More Information, Contact:

The Rectory
Clarence Town, LI
(242) 337-3802
Deacon Patrick Darville
Clarence Town, LI
(242) 456-2357

Vera Chase wrote on September 15, 2015: Because of Father Jerome's dedication to God by building churches, he should be considered to be the First Saint for the Bahamas.

These twin tower churches are both located in the Clarence Town area. The blue and white one is St. Peter and St. Paul's Catholic Church that was designed by Father Jerome who converted himself from Anglican to Catholic.
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Latitude: 23.066854000
Longitude: -74.925039000
Elevation: 22 FT (7 M)
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