Most Reverend Patrick Christopher Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G
Archbishop of Nassau
Motto: “Of one heart and mind”
Archbishop Pinder was born November 1, 1953 in Nassau, Bahamas. He was baptized December 13, 1953 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Nassau. He attended St. Francis Catholic Primary School and St. Augustine's College (Nassau), graduating in 1971. That same year he entered the seminary at Saint Meinrad in Indiana, U.S.A. He completed his undergraduate studies at Saint Meinrad and obtained the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Philosophy in 1975. In the fall of 1975 he entered the theology program at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He completed the S.T.B./M.A. in 1978.
On July 20, 1978 he was ordained deacon by Bishop Paul Leonard Hagarty, O.S.B. He completed the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) degree in June 1980. He was ordained a priest on August 15, 1980. The ordaining prelate was the Most Rev. Samuel E. Carter, S.J., then, Archbishop of Kingston-in-Jamaica. Fr. Pinder’s first pastoral assignment was at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Parish. He remained there for one year.
In August 1981, he became a full-time faculty member at Aquinas College. In addition to this, he was responsible for weekend Masses at the recently established Church of the Resurrection Parish. In the Fall of 1984 he began doctoral studies at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He completed the Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) degree in May of 1988. His area of specialization at the doctorate level was sacramental theology.
On September 1, 1988, he was appointed Rector of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. On April 1, 1997 he was appointed Moderator of The Curia and Vicar for Pastoral Affairs. He was invested as a Chaplain of His Holiness with the title ‘Monsignor’ on December 15th, 1999. On September 2, 2002, he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese. In addition to his main responsibilities he was Priest Consultor for the Archbishop, a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Committee, Chairman of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission and Judicial Vicar of the Marriage Tribunal. He also served as Co-Secretary for the Anglican/Roman Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue for the Caribbean.
On June 27, 2003 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Nassau and Titular Bishop of Case Calane by Pope John Paul II. August 15 of the same year was his Episcopal Ordination. February 17 of the following year, Bishop Pinder was appointed Archbishop by Pope John Paul II. He was installed as Archbishop of Nassau on May 4, 2004 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Nassau. On June 29, 2004 Archbishop Pinder received the Pallium from Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Archbishop Pinder was awarded the distinction of Companion of St. Michael & St. George (C.M.G.) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in June 2005. The following year, he was elected to the Board of Directors of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. In May 2011 he was elected President of the Antilles Episcopal Conference of Bishops (A.E.C.). He continues to hold these posts at present.
Archbishop Pinder enjoys playing tennis, golf and snorkelling.