Nassau, Bahamas -
Praying for Families is intended to be a gift to
the families of the Bahamas, and to the world," said author, Rev. Angela Palacious. "It is an effort to offer
children the blessing of praying adults who inspire them to faithfulness by
teaching and example. Many children are
hurting and feel unloved, unwanted and unappreciated. They may have heard about
God but do not recognize God’s love for them or God’s presence with them."
"As a daughter, wife and mother,
former primary school teacher and youth leader, counsellor and priest, I have
seen the life-giving effects of loving and praying adults on the lives of
children. I have seen the anointing of the Holy Spirit work miracles of
transformation in the lives of those who are seriously committed to prayer. As
a result of this, part of the proceeds from this book will be donated to assist
various parenting programs, and the Mitchell-Engedede Brain injury Foundation."
Praying for Families is designed to
help all caring persons, especially parents, become more sensitive to the
spiritual needs and possibilities of children. "I pray that all adults will
recognize the awesome responsibility of shaping the lives of each new
generation, and the boundless power given by God to accomplish this task." It allows readers to focus on the prayers and
concepts necessary for their own spiritual maturity and the full spiritual
development of children, with particular attention being given to Conception
and Pregnancy; Newborns and Infants; Pre-school age; Primary Students;
Adolescents. "May God bless our homes and our hearts,
so that we may be a blessing to others at home and abroad."
The book can be purchased through the author; the Anglican Diocesan Bookstore, Sands Road; Buy The Book, opp Saunders Beach; Chapter One; Logos; and The Bible Book and Gift shop.
cost is $15 as a donation is being made to the Parenting programs with
which she works (PACE, National Parenting, SRSP etc.) and to the
Mitchell-Engedede Brain Injury Foundation.
The Rev'd. Angela Bosfield Palacious, born in Nassau, was the first female Bahamian deacon (1999)and priest (2000) in the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
She holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree (1974) in English from Durham University, England); a
Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (1975) from Homerton College,
Cambridge, England; a Master of Arts degree (1978) in English from
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada; a Master of Divinity degree
(1984) and a Master of Theology degree (1985), from Princeton
Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA; a Certificate in Anglican Studies
(1994) from General Theological Seminary, New York, USA; and a
honourary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Sojourner-Douglass
College, awarded in Nassau in 2004. She has won several awards.
THE PAST, Rev. Angela taught at St Matthew’s Primary School (Nassau),
was a part-time volunteer Guidance Counsellor at the Governor’s Harbour
High School (Eleuthera), and a parish lay worker for 14 years at St.
Patrick’s Church (Eleuthera) and St. Matthew’s Church (Nassau). She has
served as a member of the College of the Bahamas Council, Public
Hospital Authority Ethics Committee, and the National Women's Advisory
Council. PRESENTLY, she is the Chairperson of the Residential Care
Establishment Licensing Authority, an adviser to the Bahamas National
Youth Council, a Trustee of the Bahamas YWCA, the Assistant Chaplain for
the North Eastern Pastors’ Alliance in New Providence, a Chaplain of
the Healing Order of St. Luke, Clergy facilitator for the Order of St.
Helena Associates, a regular international workshop leader and
conference and retreat speaker for various denominations, schools and
civic organizations, locally.
She has published several books of
meditations and meditations on CDs.
Angela is the Anglican Hospital Chaplain and in the past served in
Nassau as the Assistant Priest at St Mary the Virgin Church and St.
Margaret’s Church, a short interim as Priest-in-Charge Epiphany Church,
and as the diocesan ministry coordinator (Diocese 2000 and Beyond) for
ten years. She is married to Archdeacon James Palacious and they have a
son, Carlos, who is a coastal and civil engineer.