First days in Haiti

19 Sep

Felician Sisters Haiti Mission SM Inga Borko and S Marilyn Minter

On September 13, 2012 we left from Newark International Airport for Port au Prince, Haiti. We were met at the airport by Yvon Kernizan, a friend of the Felician Sisters, whose house of hospitality we will be staying our first few weeks.

September 14, the feast of the Triumph of the Cross, we went with Yvon to Croix de Bouquet to celebrate his aunt’s 100th birthday, the celebration began with Mass which made us very happy our first full day in Haiti.

After Mass there was a celebration with family and friends. All were welcome to the celebration. People from the streets stopped by food and fun. From there we went to Bon Repos to Fr. Gio’s orphanage and volunteer house to pick up some of the things we left in March. On the way back to Delmas we stopped we went to Digicel for our Haitian sim cards. Young people who work in Digicel know english.However, the challenge here and almost everywhere we go is the pace of work and life is much slower than what we are use to. We are learning there is no reason to be in such a hurry.

We called Fr Ron Joseph, who runs the Ministry of Presence with the Sisters of Charity, in Duval Roche, the place where we will live and study the language, plans were made to visit him on Saturday.

September 15, feast of the Sorrowful Mother, we made a few contacts through the internet to Bishops in Port au Prince, Jacmel, and Jeremie, the CLUNY Sisters, and Sr Mary Finnick at Matthew 25 . We are learning much from these contatcs, especially from the CLUNY Sisters who have been in Haiti over 200 years.

In the evening we went to Duval Roche to the Ministry of Presence where we will have our language program and be living for few months. We met with Fr. Ron who showed us the house that includes a chapel. He is in the process of building an orphanage for 50 children. We spent the night.when we arrived it was close to evening and praised God for the beautiful sunset. This was the hottest night of all, even the fan did not help.

September 16, we went to the 7 a.m. community Mass at St Louis the King parish. It was the second Mass of the day, the first begins at 5:30 a.m. The youth choir sounded beautiful. Fr. Ron introduced us to the Pastor. We returned home and shared chicken soup for breakfast as we met with Fr. Ron. He is a Haitian priest and is very helpful as we make our new beginnings for the mission in Haiti.

In the afternoon we returned to Delmas with Yvon and shared a scrumptious Haitian dinner. We have not expereinced hunger in Haiti. Everyday we pray for those who do not have what we have, for those who still live in tents. During our daily storms and rains we are thinking of those in tents and how they are  surviving the night. Especially the tent city by the river on of Croix the way to Croix de Bouquet.

September 17, the feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis early in the morning we received a call from Bishop Launay Saturne, from the Diocese of Jacmel to confirm our appointment for Saturday, September 22. In this country you can call someone as early as 6:00 a.m. but no later than 8:00 p.m.

At noon we returned to Duval Roche with Fr. Ron to settle some other business. We also wanted to share a few pictures of the Ministry of Presence where we will be living and studying Haitian Creole.

September 18  Today we were blest to go to the travel agent to pick up our plane tickets to Jeremie. Then we made a visit to the CLUNY SISTERS. Sister Yannick helped us to get in contact with the Office of the Archbishop to make an appointment to see him. Our appointment will be on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

September 19 We met with Archbishop Poulard. We shared with him that we no longer will be in Bon Repos. We told him we will begin our language program at the end of October. The Archbishop welcomed us. We mentioned to him that we will be meeting with the Bishops in Jacmel and Jeremie. The meeting was very good and he encouraged us to go to Jacmel since there is not much religious presence. Jacmel is the diocese he founded and knows the great needs that are there. After our meeting he arranged for us to meet with Msgr Patrick Aris, Chancellor and Vicar for Religious. We gave him all the documents he requested from the Congregation. We were very pleased with these meetings. After our meetings we stopped by the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, as you see it remains the same as it was from the day of the earthquake. In the afternoon we spent two hours learning Creole. We hope to commit to this daily during these days of preparation. Bondye beni ou! (God bless you!)


Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “First days in Haiti

  1. Ir. Mary Jo

    September 21, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Dear Sisters: Inga and Marilyn:

    Peace and All Goodness!

    God bless your work to the people of Haiti! You can count on our prayers.
    A big Brazilian hug, Sister Mary Jo

  2. Sister Stella Motyl

    September 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Thank You Sisters Inga and Marilyn for sharing your experiences and photos with the Congregation.
    God bless you for the work you are doing and you will be in my prayers daily.

  3. Sister Mary Blaise Podruxzny

    September 21, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you so much, Sisters Inga and Marilyn, for living the charism of Mother Angela in word and deed. Your presence to the people will truly be appreciated. Loving prayers,
    Sister M Blaise Podruczny

  4. Sister Angela Marie

    September 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Hi to you dear Sisters Inga & Marilyn! Wonderful blog. May Jesus bless you as you continue connecting with the people. The clear photos depict so much. Take care and know that we continue you to pray. Peace, joy, love and a big hug from Albuquerque, NM–Sister Angela

  5. Sisters Christina Marie Conroy and Rosemarie Goins

    September 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    We are thrilled for you and keep you in prayer as you journey down this new path. May your ministry bear fruit and your presence heal many. We here on the Tex/Mex border wish you
    many blessings in God’s loving embrace. Sisters Christina and Rosemarie

  6. Ssiter M. Patricia Tomasik

    September 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    May the gentleness of Jesus radiate through your heart and hands as you serve His people. Thank you for sharing with us your first days in Haiti. I will pray for you so that only good will come your way. A great big “HELLO” from the Sisters in Buffalo. God Bless! Sister M. Patricia

  7. Bill Cromwell

    October 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Dear Sister Marilyn,
    On behalf of Fr. Larry and the Parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Maywood, NJ. we send you and your Felician sisters our greetings along with our prayers. Our Parish would like to know if we can do something to help your mission in Haiti (for example: educational items for the children, a clothing drive, etc.) Please give me some suggestions via e-mail. I hope you brought your guitar, I know we all will miss your missions here at OLQP. Hope to hear from you soon! May God continue to watch over you, your fellow sisters and all the people in Haiti. God Bless! Bill Cromwell (Pasotral Council President)


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