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Awarded the Bishop Cross in the 2012 Diocesan Convention. In 2018 he celebrated 40 years of ordination.
Presentation by The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk Fifteenth Bishop of New York
“The Prophet Isaiah tells us to, “Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor. Give clothes to those who have nothing to wear…”(Isaiah 58.6-7). In the life and ministry of The Reverend Bertram Bennett, Jr. we see the Church responding to this scriptural mandate with admirable and impressive dedication. Father Bennett has deep roots in this Diocese. Having been Baptized at baptized at The Church of the Crucifixion and raised at The Church of St. Edward the Martyr after Ordination he served at St. Margaret’s Church in the Bronx, and then as the Curate at The Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy in Manhattan, before becoming the Priest-in-Charge of St. David’s Church in the Bronx, where he has worked tirelessly since 1980. He has been a leader in the South Bronx Inter-parish Council, particularly as the Chair of the South Bronx Church’s Housing Task Force. Among his notable achievements are the creation of a Nehemiah Housing unit, two alternative public high schools and eighty housing units at a neighboring senior center. In fulfillment of the call to the Priesthood that he heard when he was only 10 years old, he has been a beacon of pastoral care, community organizing and relief to those in dire need, and in this he has been an effective example of proclaiming the Gospel in deed, as well as Word.
Therefore, in recognition and gratitude for his service to his community, his diocese and the larger Church offered to the glory of God, we, on this 17th day of November 2012, in the fifteenth year of our consecration, do award him the Bishop Cross.”
[Published Winter 2020]