About

Pariosse St. Benoit is located in the southern peninsula of rural Haiti.  It is a short 59 miles from Port-au-Prince, but a long 5-hour drive up the mountains.  It is not on a map yet and it is bascially where two dirt roads intersect on a mountaintop.  St. Benoit is not on Google maps and, without coordinates, the location can triangulated as off Route National 2 from Miragoane between Carrefoure Moussiganc, Ti Rasin and Font des Negres in the Nippes Department of Haiti.  They are in the dioceses of Anse-a-Veau and Miragoane; Monsignor Wildor Pierre is the pastor, Bishop Pierre Dumas is the Ordinary. Cardnial Chibly Langlois (La Vallée, 29 November 1958) is a Haitian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has been the bishop of Les Cayes since 15 August 2011, and president of Haiti’s Bishops’ Conference. Pope Francis announced that on 22 February 2014 he would elevate Langlois to the College of Cardinals.[3] Langlois is the very first Haitian selected for this rank and the only one among the new cardinals at the February 2014 consistory who was not an archbishop.

Some of the chapels date back to 1889, yet the parish was officially established in 2009 upon the arrival of a new priest, Fr. Wildor Pierre.   After the January 2010 earthquake, the community swelled  when many came to escape the debris of Port-au-Prince. The area includes about 5,000 families, with 400 children in co-ed pre K-6th grade at the church primary school.   Besides the main church of St. Benoit (St. Benedict)  in Dessources, there are 6 chapels in the surrounding communities of this parish.  The chapels are St. Isadore, St. Francois Xavier in Giles, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Joseph, St. Peter and Paul and 4 habitations in Des Cayes, Giro, Bregue and Poulard.  They all sustained damage, and St. Francois Xavier was probably hit the hardest during the 2010 earthquake.  The only thing standing was the altar. The congregation worships under the makeshift roof of donated tarps. Below is a picture of St. Francois Xavier Chapel during Mass:

The area suffered significant damage to crops and livestock during Isaac (September 2012) and  a detailed Caritas report documents 32 homes destroyed and 77 damaged.    Sandy (October 2012) gave them some more trouble, but the people of this area keep moving forward in faith.
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