It is with profound sadness that the Bahamas and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese mourn the death of Monsignor Preston A. Moss, the former Vicar General of the Archdiocese, who would have celebrated his 80
For more than 50 years, Monsignor Moss faithfully served as a priest of the Roman Catholic community. He served as Vicar General for many years and on church bodies and commissions locally and overseas.
He was the pastor of a number of churches in New
He was a Bahamian prince who also served on a number of government boards. His half a century of ministry coincided with our national development as a sovereign Bahamas. Monsignor Moss played an essential role in our country’s development and the indigenization of the local church. He was known for his holiness and pastoral care. His ministry of love, mercy, and reconciliation touched many Bahamians over a number of generations. He walked with grace and dedication in the footsteps of Christ. Monsignor Moss was known for his powerful preaching ministry at home and abroad, including throughout the Antilles Episcopal Conference. He greeted one and all with the word, “Peace”, which served as a blessing and a sign of grace. Like many others, I was fortunate to be inspired by the life and ministry of a
saintly pastor, who counseled scores of Bahamians, including prisoners. He was especially committed to the poor and immigrants. He cared for the sick and dying, and those often neglected and abandoned by
society. He saw in others the figure of Christ, always demonstrating his respect and defense of the dignity of all regardless of the circumstance of birth.
His is a profound loss for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the people of the Bahamas and the region. Monsignor Preston Moss’s stellar life serves as an example for those committed to the spiritual life and the common good. His charisma was one of love and
gentleness. He taught us how to live, how to love, and how to die with dignity and with peace. We pray for his eternal soul. May he rest in peace. I join the Archdiocese in “commending Monsignor Moss to God in prayer.”