It has been a while since we have updated you on the status of our Haiti mission. I apologize for that but there has been a lot of upheaval in our sister parish over the past year and a half so not much has been accomplished.
First, our pastor of 12 years, Father Prophete, was re-assigned. For a while after he left there was no priest. Then we had a new pastor from Miami for a few months but he was given a new assignment as well. We finally have a new permanent (we hope) pastor, Father Ronel Vildor. He was moved from another parish in our diocese. I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting him but we have communicated by email. I hope to go to Haiti after the holidays to meet him and make plans for the future.
I’m sure you are aware of Hurricane Matthew and the damage suffered by the southern and western parts of Haiti. Fortunately our parish is in the north and did not suffer much damage. However, I was made aware this week that one of our remote chapels has collapsed due to the heavy rain. The chapel is a complete loss and will need to be re-built. It also served as a school.
We hope to begin our annual medical trips again next March. It will be a difficult trip since there are no longer flights from Port-au-Prince to the nearby city of Port-de-Paix. We will have to make an 8-hour trip by bus or car to reach Chansolme and the roads are very bad, but the blessings received from this trip are more than worth it.
We had a lot of interest in our mission during the ministry fair and hope to welcome many new members as we gear up for our next trip. If you are interested in joining us and helping support our ministry please email Patty (my wife) or me at . We can also be reached by phone at 615-210-5226 (Patty) or 615-913-7773 (Greg).
“AMEN I SAY TO YOU, AS LONG AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THESE MY LEAST BRETHREN, YOU DID IT TO ME.” MATTHEW 25:40