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Dr Maria Bartholomew with brother Brandon (extreme left) and his children. Photo: Elmo Griffith

Dr Bartholomew has worked on restoring the St Francis of Assisi Church in Belmont and the San Raphael RC Church , apart from being Chairman of the Renovation Committee for the Restoration of the Cathedral and designer of stained-glass windows.

He was unavoidably absent at last Sunday’s award ceremony but was represented by his daughter Dr Maria Bartholomew. She shared with Catholic News the honour of receiving the award on her father’s behalf. The award, she said, “captured his joy of service” and the “vision” with which he worked throughout the years, being the first person to diagnose the first person with AIDS in Trinidad and Tobago.

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