Sharing the good news in Haiti

We are sharing the good news: The rebuilding of St. Francois Xavier chapel in Giles, Haiti.

 During our first visit to Haiti in 2012 we visited the hardest hit chapel of St. Francois Xavier in Giles, Haiti.  It is about a 45 minute drive from Dessource and the road is quite difficult.  This chapel was established in 1889 and is the oldest chapel of St. Benoit.  The people greeted us warmly and we held mass under the blue tarps and sang with the choir.  It sits high on a mountain top with a spectacular view to the ocean.  It had the highest priority of being rebuilt, but not by any Haitian supporters, even the church.

 During many other visits we continued to visit our friends at St Francois Xavier and shared our hope with them that someday the chapel would be rebuilt.  The MQP Haiti Solidarity Partnership could not assist as our focus is with the main church and school at St. Benoit.  However, we were diligent in finding a sponsor for them.

 We found that sponsor in Fr. Mike Schneller, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, on State Street, in uptown New Orleans.  We met with Fr. Mike and brought Monsignor Wildor later in the year to continue the message.  Fr. Mike put it out to the parishioners who were reluctant at first with such an unknown project.  A few people expressed an interest, but they just weren't sure it was achievable. 

 Their parish council approved the support of the project in 2016 to coincide with the 125th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi, uptown.  They raised over $80,000.00 to rebuild the chapel and a small rectory.  Melisa Rey, of St. Francis of Assisi, joined us during our April 2017 trip and returned excited to complete the project.  

 Monsignor Wildor was instrumental in acquiring the workers and provided oversight to complete the chapel in time for the December 2017 visit from Fr. Mike.   All of the funds had oversight by the Tony Pastorello and the MQP Haiti Solidarity Partnership.  The dedication was complete during their December 2017 visit which coincided with the feast of St. Francis Xavier on December 4th.  Bishop Dumas was in attendance and the parishioners were extremely grateful for their new chapel and their renewed hope.

 There are many other chapels damaged in the 2010 earthquake that still await hope.  They are: St. Isadore, St. Joseph, St Peter and Paul and Our Lady of Fatima.

 Here are some words from Fr. Mike after his visit to Giles, Haiti:

Below is the picture taken December 3, 2017 of the new chapel