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A glimmer of hope for a country in crisis

By Jean Denis Saint-Félix, SJ, Superior of the Jesuits in Haiti Haiti is part of the Jesuit Province of Canada  For some time now, Haiti has been in the midst of an accutely worrying sociopolitical crisis. There is a collective sense of frustration among the people whose desire is to stand strong and resilient in the face of a terribly harsh and disturbing reality. The people who have attempted to preserve their dignity in spite of the extreme ugliness of their situation that has been witnessed across the …

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Support the Jesuits’ Relief Effort in Haiti

Following the earthquake in Haiti on August 14, 2021, a network of Jesuit international development organizations and mission offices has launched a global fundraising effort to support Jesuit relief efforts in the country.

The Ministry of Fresh Mangoes, Meaty Coconuts and the Shade of Trees

“Sometimes I find it hard to look at the deforested mountains in some departments,” says Br. Marcel Charélus, SJ, director of the Centre de Spiritualité Pierre-Favre in Port-au-Prince. Fortunately, Haitian Jesuits such as Br. Marcel and Br. Mathurin Charlot, SJ, are involved in some reforestation projects. The latter, an agricultural technician and one of the oldest Jesuits in Haiti, works in the Artibonite Department with the Project to Support Reforestation and Agricultural Development (PAREDA). Br. Marcel describes their …

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Multidimensional Development: Empowering Haiti’s Rural Communities

The Support Group for Rural Development (GADRU) is a nonprofit organization founded on November 16, 1992, by Fr. Jean-Marie Louis, SJ, not only to oversee and promote the rights of those living in rural communities but also to participate in the construction of an inclusive, fair, and democratic society. According to GADRU’s founding philosophy, the …

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The birth of a new parish in rural Haiti: a story from Erik Oland, SJ

March 16, 2020 — On my recent trip to Haiti I visited the southern peninsula for the first time. This is the region of the country that was devastated by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The local community has been desirous of having its own parish for several years and most recently the local bishop, Jesuit Gontran Décoste, asked the Society to discern the possibility of providing a priest for the potential new parish. In the Haitian context a new parish church means also an elementary school and a local health centre.

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