Haiti Parish Twinning
"Lord... we beg forgiveness for our indifference to so many of our brothers and sisters. Father, we ask your pardon for those who are complacent and closed amid comforts which have deadened their hearts..." (Pope Francis)
The Haiti Parish Twinning Committee would like to thank the parishioners of St. Thomas More for their continued support through second collection donations and items donated for the recent Sea Container collection. We were are to ship much needed supplies including mosquito netting and repellent, medical supplies, a water purification system, and vestments and liturgical items.
There has been a recent change in priest at St. Elisabeth. Father Jean Philippe, who visited in September of 2013, has been transferred. Father P. Antoine Elie Macley is the new pastor at St. Elisabeth. There are many events planned at St. Elisabeth, including two pastoral days for the sick, a field day of recreational events for the school children, and November 17th is the feast of Saint Elisabeth.
Haiti Parish Twinning Program
What is Parish Twinning?
The Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee, FL and Ste. Elisabeth in Fond Tortue, Haiti are sister parishes. This relationship, established in 1996, engages us in prayerful fellowship with and encouragement to our Catholic brothers and sisters in a country that has struggled with many problems throughout its history. We have provided resources and support in religious, educational, medical and economic areas. Parishioners have made three visits to Haiti and a delegation from Ste. Elisabeth has visited St. Thomas More in Tallahassee.
To learn more, read this story from St. Thomas More's 2012 Visit to St. Elisabeth and view this PowerPoint Slideshow.
About Ste. Elisabeth Parish
The parish was established in 1992 in the village of Fond Tortue, Haiti with Msgr. Yvan Museau as pastor. It is a mission parish of St. Peter's in Baraderes, eight miles down the mountain from Fond Tortue. The current pastor is Father Elie Macley Antoine. Ste. Elisabeth's serves over 20,000 people in a rural area located near the north coast of Haiti's western peninsula. Seven chapel mission churches, accessible only by donkey or on foot, are a part of the Ste. Elisabeth community. There is a parish school in Fond Tortue, and each of the seven chapels has a rudimentary school. The chapel schools are simple structures usually made of concrete block or thatch covered with a tin roof but open to the elements. Education is very important to Haitians and their constitution states that "...every citizen must learn to read and write."
The generosity of St. Thomas More parishioners through monthly collections and special fund raisers has provided an average of $1,000 per month for the Ste. Elisabeth parish. These funds have helped support the following:
Note that all construction is done by local workers and concrete block is made by hand. Materials must be transported over 200 km, over treacherous roads and by fording three creeks (without bridges).
Recent Committee Activities
Support and Guidance
The St. Thomas More parish twinning committee receives guidance and support from the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (http://www.parishprogram.org) in Nashville, TN. This organization was founded in 1978 and is currently under the leadership of Executive Director Theresa Patterson.
Contact for the Haiti Parish Twinning Committee of the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More: