The day following two days of celebrating the diocesan feast and the welcome of Cardinal Chibly, all the priests and religious gathered with Bishop Launay Saturne. The morning gave us insight on the history of the Catholic presence in the Diocese and why Jacmel needs to continue to be about the new evangelization. The afternoon was on the Year of the Family and our preparation. The speaker was a priest who teaches at the seminary in Port au Prince; he is the director of the new evangelization for the Diocese of Port au Prince. After his presentation, the newly-formed committees gave reports. Of course, all was said in Creole, but now we can understand. Thanks be to God!
Daily Archives: May 4, 2014
May 1 was another great day for the people in the diocese of Jacmel who gathered to celebrate the Eucharist with the Cardinal. There were so many people, with all the priests and religious of the diocese gathered together in one place. Once again it was as if the Pope was coming. The celebration took place in the newly-built conference center in the middle of Jacmel. This was the first time we had been in this building. Cardinal Chibly reminded us that we are called to be about the mission of Jesus Christ; we have a universal call to rebuild the Church, especially here in Haiti. He reminded us that Pope Francis has a special love for the poor. We may be poor physically, but spiritually we have our faith community to proclaim the Good News that Christ is truly risen and is in our midst. We must work and walk together! The choir and the dancing all made a joyful noise to the Lord! “>
On April 30, Jacmel was ready to welcome Haiti’s first Cardinal. The whole city, as well as people from the mountains, gathered in the streets at the entrance of the city. There was more excitement than ever because Cardinal Chibly is from Jacmel. It was as though the Pope was coming; people stood with the signs, and a musical band played while choirs sang. We stood waiting for his arrival for two hours. He finally reached the entrance of the city and walked among the crowd. He spoke to us and reminded us that we all have a mission for the universal church, especially here in Haiti. He gave us his blessing and said he looked forward to seeing us the next day as he would celebrate Mass for Jacmel’s feast, the Feast of St. Joseph and Sts. Philip and James. After that he drove through the town of Jacmel, greeting all the people. It truly was a great day for Jacmel. We also learned that, because of the feast, there would be no school or work for two days. br />