1937 – October 3
The journey begins. Formal opening of the novitiate at the convent established on Nassau Street, new Providence, Bahamas. Three candidates admitted: Winifred (Sister Elizabeth) Claridge and Lezretta (Sister Maria) Rahming of St. Anselm’s Parish and Avis (Sister Teresa) Symonette of Sacred Heart Parish.
1938 – July 16
First reception of the habit. Two more candidates enter: Effie (Marie Agnes) Rolle and Anna (Rosella) Harvey.
1942 – August
Sisters’ Constitution sent to Rome.
Constitution approved by Bishop Bernard Kevenhorerster, Vicar Forance of The Bahamas.
1946 – August 15
Breaking of ground for construction of new covenant to the design of Monsignor John Hawes, architect and “Hermit of Cat Island”.
New chapel and convent blessed by Bishop Stephen Donahue of New York.
Sister Elizabeth Claridge appointed first local superior, succeeding Sister Agatha Sissler, SC, who returned to Mount Saint Vincent on Hudson, New York.
1952 – May
Sister Teresa Symonette and Maria Rahming returned from Mount St. Clare. Sister Maria becomes superior. Sister Teresa named Novice Mistress.
1954 – December 9
Father Bonaventure Hansen, OSB, founder of the community, dies.
1956 – October 25
First Out Island (Family Island) Mission begun.
1957 – September 25
Sister Marie Agnes Rolle appointed superior of the community.
Aquinas College launched to provide further education for indigenous Sisters and lay teachers.
1958 – August 19
Grand Bahama Mission established at Hunter serving Eight Mile Rock, Sea Grape, West End, High Rock.
1962 – May 6
Canonization of Blessed Martin de Porres, patron of the convent.
1963 – September 2
The Saint Martin Community joins the Benedictine order through affiliation with Saint Benedict’s Convent, St. Joseph, Minnesota, under the leadership of Mother Henrita Osendorf, OSB, Sisters Elizabeth Claridge and Teresa Symonette join the Sisters of Charity; Sister Maria Rahming elects to remain a member of Saint martin sisterhood.
First Bahamian Benedictine Regional Superior, Sister Mary Patricia Russell, OSB, appointed.
Sister Marie Agnes Rolle, OSB dies.
First Bahamian Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Sister Maedene Russell, OSB appointed.
St. Benedict’s /St. John’s University Bahamas Extension Programme for teachers launched in Nassau, coordinated by Sisters Maedene Russell and Clare Rolle and Miss Talzena Coakley.
1974 – April
Election of First Bahamian Benedictine Regional Superior, Sister Mary Benedict Pratt, OSB.
1975 – February 8
The community becomes a dependent Benedictine priority, styled “Saint Martin Monastery”.
Bye-laws and Articles of Association drafted and Saint Martin Convent registered as a corporation. Initial Formation transferred from Saint Benedict’s Convent, St. Joseph, Minnesota back to Saint Martin.
Coordinated by Sister Annie Thompson, a freshman programme is initiated as part of the St. Benedict’s/St. John’s University Bahamas programme.
Sister Annie Thompson named Acting Superintendent of Catholic Schools. First community visitation led by Sister Evin Radamacher fo Saint Benedict’s Convent, Minnesota.
Sister Agatha Hunt elected Regional Superior.
Sister Mary Benedict Pratt, becomes the second Bahamian Superintendent of Catholic Schools.
Sister Mary Patricia Russell elected Regional Superior for the second time.
Fiftieth Anniversary of Saint Martin Convent.
At the invitation of Bishop Lawrence Burke, SJ, the Sisters of Saint Martin assume responsibility for leadership of the Samaritan Ministry for the support of persons suffering from HIV/AIDS. Sister Clare Rolle takes on the role of coordinator.
Sister Mary Patricia Russell resigns as Regional Superior, Sister Cecilia Albury acts as administrator and Sister Clare Rolle is elected to complete Sister Mary Patricia’s two-year term.
Benedictine Volunteers established, coordinated by Sister Annie Thompson.
Led by the Order of Benedictine Sisters of Saint Benedict’s Convent, St. Joseph, Minnesota, the first of two visitations take place for the assessment of the community for canonical independence (termed “discernment”)
1994 – May
Second visitation of discernment for independence.
1994 – August 6
Saint Martin becomes an independent Benedictine Monastery and Sister Clare Rolle is elected its first Prioress. Sister Mary Patricia dies on August 31.
Sister Maedene Russell dies on May 24.
A master’s programme from St. Thomas University, Minnesota is launched in Nassau, coordinated by Sister Mary Benedict Pratt.
The Mission at St. Vincent de Paul, Hunter, Grand Bahama closes.
Sister Annie Thompson elected second Prioress of Saint Martin Monastery.
Sister Mary Josephine Albury appointed to San Salvador as first local administrator.
A new visitation takes place. Addition to the Monastery completed.
Conference of Benedictine Prioress held in Nassau. Sister Annie elected Prioress, St. Michael’s Mission, where Sister Vernice Wilson is administrator, closes.