Church of St John the Evangelist Buckleys Deadmans Cay
Hawes first undertaking when arriving in the Bahamas as an Anglican priest was to repair the damage to the Church of St John the Evangelist and make additions to it.
While repairing the church, Hawes lived in a little shack in the church yard – much to the horror of the locals. He had land crabs crawling over him and the building at night.
Hawes rebuilt almost the whole church including a Doric columned baldachin and a rood screen with a triptych above it. He added the Lady Chapel and 2 side altars – one with a statue of the Sacred Heart and one of St Francis of Assisi. He realised that concrete roofs were not going to last here with the salty air, so he decided to experiment with rock. The locals who volunteered on the building site were very apprehensive when it came time to remove the wooden centering. Once he recruited enough people to remove it, he climbed a ladder and danced on the crown of the arch to prove it was stable.