Brothers and Sisters,
I hope you are well in the name of God. We have several announcements for you. Soon you will be able to access this and other information on Facebook through the pages mentioned below.
Ecclesia, the official newsletter of the Diocese of the Episcopal Church in Haiti will be published quarterly to keep our partners and friends updated on activities in the diocese. New and past newsletters can be accessed on the Ecclesia Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ecclesiahaiti. We will also soon have a Partnership Program Facebook page in order to facilitate open communication between you, our partners, and the diocese.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Sister Marie Margaret and Reverand Fernande Pierre Louis. Sister Marie Margaret of the Society of Saint Margaret, and former Director of the Partnership Program, passed away in Boston January 20. Her funeral was held February 7. Reverend Fernande Pierre Louis was the Director of Holy Trinity School and an assistant at the Cathedral. She passed away December 15 and her funeral was held December 20. Please pray for their families and those who mourn their death, as well as the repose of souls.
The Episcopal diocese of Haiti has begun a project to establish a new diocese in the north region of Haiti. The diocese of Haiti is growing, a second diocese in the north region of Haiti will allow more leadership, support, and attention to inspire continued growth of the church in Haiti.
The Episcopal diocese of Haiti will have a delegation of fifteen people, lay and clergy, who will be attending general convention this summer at Salt Lake city, Utah.
One of the prestigious institutions of the Episcopal church of Haiti, FSIL (Faculté des Sciences Infirmiere de Leogane), a department of the the UNEPH ( Université Episcopale d’Haiti) celebrated its tenth anniversary in January. Next year, Bishop Tharp Institute will celebrate its tenth anniversary in April.
We will soon be announcing new guesthouses to welcome our guests. Some are already built and some are under construction. In the south, Nippes and Grande Anse. Torbeck, Bondeau, Petit Trou Nippes and Jeannette are ready to welcome guests. Les Cayes will be ready soon with 12 double rooms with a capacity 24 people with air conditioning, hot water, and private toilet. The guesthouses are very secure. Construction on a guesthouses will soon begin in Cap-Haitien and St Martin of Tours in Port au Prince and three are already completed in Leogane and surrounding areas. Many others will be built in the diocese to allow for the comfort and security of our guests.
The next Haiti Connection Conference will be held in Haiti in October 2015. The date and all necessary information will be announced soon.
Thank you always for your support! May God continue to bless you.