In the light of negative publicity Dominicans have received recently in St. Maarten there is a ray of hope with a Dominican living in that country being knighted and inducted into the Holland’s House of Orange by the Queen of Holland.
Dominica News Online has learnt that Bernadine Stephen, the daughter of Alice and Wilford Stephen from Paix Bouche, was among seven residents of St. Maarten who were bestowed with the prestigious honor on April 29.
Stephen attended elementary school in Paix Bouche and later moved to Roseau and became very active in the Catholic Church. She moved to St. Maarten in 1970 but her work in the Catholic community continued. She introduced St. Maarten to the Feast of La Salette where every year a priest from Dominica visits that country to preside at that feast. This has proven to be a huge success.
Her untiring work among the sick and shut-ins in did not go unnoticed and was one of the main reasons why she was knighted and inducted.
Recently the image of Dominicans in St. Maarten suffered a major blow when three of their fellow countrymen were arrested for murder and other heinous crimes in that country.
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