West Tennessee Haiti Partnership

A New School Year in Haiti–Letter from Pere Ajax

Dear brothers and sisters,

I am pleased to announce that the official date for the reopening of schools in Haiti this year has come and students returned to class on Sept. 8 as planned. There is another formal assessment in the sixth year of basic or Baccalaureate I. Students will take the examinations in their respective institutions as they do for other exams.

The Haitian student from 2015 onwards will undergo two formal reviews: in the ninth year at the end of the primary school cycle and one at the end of secondary school, or after four years of high school. In addition, schools in the Episcopal Church in Haiti typically have excellent results on official exams.

Haiti has so far been spared any bad weather during the past summer and I hope it has been the same for you. In addition, I wish to inform you that for the first time, the Episcopal Church of Haiti is currently training 21 men and women aspiring to become permanent deacons. In recent years, many churches that did not have priests in charge have been fortunate enough to acquire them. Examples are: Christ-Roi de Jacmel, St. Croix Jeremiah, the Church of the Good Samaritan Acul (Gros Morne), the rise of Berauld (in Torbeck), Christ the King Church Terrier-Rouge, Holy Sacrament of Fonds-Parisien in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets, the Church of Saint-Benoit-Mombin Crochu, Saint Jean-Baptiste Petit Harpon Leogane, etc.

Given the evolution and proliferation of the Haitian Episcopal Church, it is important, even essential to seek partners to share all these new experiences, and so to build together the spiritual and social structures of our country. These are fields of experience which can be special to all who want to discover how life is organized in countries that do not have the same culture and who have not the same historical and cultural experiences.

Thank you for all your support during the past academic year. May God protect you and bless you more in the coming new school year.

Rev. Kesner Ajax

Diocese of Haiti Partnership Program Coordinator
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