Monthly Archives: June 2019

Violet and her family

Late Friday afternoon, the doorbell rang, and it was Violet with her three children. Violet had come the other day, looking for some diapers and anything we could give her children. We told her we would get something ready, so she returned today. What we saw was sad: a 7-month-old baby, 3-year-old child, and a 5-year-old child. Violet told us her husband had died, and she has nothing. We realized we needed some more clothes, and we gave her daughter a doll. The little girl has a clef lip that was repaired with surgery when she was a baby, but she has no pallet and has a speech defect. She loved the playground, and joy was all over her face. Please pray for Violet and her family.

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Posted by on June 28, 2019 in Uncategorized


Purchasing some new palm trees…🌴🌴🌴🌴

This is the second time we have had the experience of purchasing trees. Today it was palm trees. As we bought the trees, so many of our benefactors came to mind–persons who have planted their hope and help here in the Felician Mission. Your roots are here, and we thank God for you! Our friend, Daniel (the Bishop’s gardener), helped us choose which ones would be good for our place.

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Posted by on June 27, 2019 in Uncategorized


Do this in remembrance of me…

We are the Body of Christ and privileged to participate in the sacred meal of the Eucharist. Today, June 20, we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. The faithful gathered in our Cathedral for the Celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Glandas Marie Erick Toussaint. After Mass, the Eucharistic procession began its journey through the streets. The third station was the Felician Mission. Our teens prepared the altar and sand two Eucharistic hymns.

As all walked through the streets among the poor, our prayer was for the country of Haiti to find peace and direction during these turbulent times.

We pray to be the living presence of God to all as we become what we receive–the Body and Blood of Christ!

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Posted by on June 20, 2019 in Uncategorized


Brewing political crisis appears increasingly unclear amid ongoing violent protests in Haiti

Once again, we ask for prayers for Haiti. Daily, there have been demonstrations in Port au Prince and all through the country of Haiti, including here in Jacmel. Travel to and from Jacmel has been extremely difficult. Supplies cannot get to Jacmel. There are days when we are free to go into town, and other times we need to stay on the compound. Please pray for Haiti and for some kind of resolution between the people and the leaders so that there can be peace and justice for all. Below is an article from the Miami Herald with the latest news for assistance in Haiti.

A high-level delegation from the Organization of American States is headed on Wednesday to Haiti, where a solution to a brewing political crisis appears increasingly unclear amid ongoing violent protests and hardened demands for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse, who is implicated in a corruption scandal.

The visit is being led by U.S. OAS Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, who chairs the permanent council and general committee of the group, and will include Gonzalo Koncke, chief of staff for OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro. The visit was requested by Haiti, whose foreign minister, Bocchit Edmond, sent a letter on June 14 to Trujillo asking if the OAS can help facilitate a dialogue between the president and those demanding his ouster.

“The visit is a fact-finding mission,” Edmond told the Miami Herald. “They will be meeting with all the relevant stakeholders to find a way on how best they can facilitate [an] inter-Haitian dialogue.”

Edmond’s request comes after Haiti’s representative to the OAS had spent the past month refusing requests from Canada and the 15-member Caribbean Community to bring the deepening crisis to the attention of the OAS’s permanent council. At the same time Haiti, which had contacted the United Nations in March for help, did not follow through with the requirements to get a high-level U.N. mediator. 

An OAS official familiar with Wednesday’s visit said the goal is to “lower the political temperature …and lay out parameters for dialogue,” while giving assurances for an OAS-electoral observation mission at the next election. 

Acknowledging that success remains uncertain, the official said that given the mass demonstrations and ongoing tensions, the OAS involvement is the best solution. The organization, the official noted, has a long history in Haiti of creating an atmosphere for dialogue.

But that is a tall order in Haiti, where the OAS, which unsuccessfully tried to mediate the 2004 political crisis that eventually led to the ouster of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is viewed by some as ineffective. Some also see it as being responsible for the disdain some protesters have toward Moïse, who earlier this year broke with Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro and supported the OAS and the Trump administration’s recognition of Juan Guaidó as president. 

Canada, the U.S. and others have insisted that Moïse needs to be part of any talks. But the political opposition, anti-corruption grassroots activists and business and religious leaders have refused. On Monday, the head of the Protestant Federation of Haiti, Sylvain Exantus, confirmed that he had received an invitation to meet with the president at his private residence but had declined.

The federation is among those calling for Moïse’s ouster, citing a May 31 report by government auditors accusing him of receiving millions of dollars for questionable road rehabilitation projects that auditors say were part of an embezzlement scheme to defraud poor Haitians. The report examined how Haitian officials in three presidencies from 2008 to 2016 have used billions of dollars in savings from Venezuela’s PetroCaribe aid program.

In a speech last week, Moïse proclaimed his innocence and declared that he would not step down. His supporters have said he’s a victim of political maneuvering. 

On Tuesday, in a joint statement, eight Florida Democrats in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., announced plans to hold a meeting in South Florida next month to discuss strategies to strengthen the rule of law and civil society in Haiti. Among the invitees will be members of the Haitian diaspora and its advocates, elected officials from Haiti and the U.S., and other key stakeholders, the U.S. lawmakers said.

“We must do all that we can to ensure that Haiti does not become a failed state as this crisis unfolds,” the statement said. “While the frustrations that have prompted the protests are justifiable, the violent acts being used to express them are indefensible and hurt the very people they’re meant to help.”

The ongoing social and political tensions in Haiti have been unfolding ever since last July, when the administration’s miscalculated decision to raise fuel prices sparked three days of rioting and the cancellation of international flights. They continued to simmer for months with a 10-day lockdown of the country in February and renewed protests earlier this month. The protests and increased calls for the president’s resignation were prompted by the audit.

The U.S. has been talking to business leaders and politicians in hopes of defusing tensions. Julie Chung, the principal deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, is also planning to visit on Monday. She has several meetings scheduled, including one with the president of the lower chamber of deputies. 

In recent days several proposals have emerged, but so far all seem to lack popular support. One idea is for the creation of a unity government. The plan would call for Moïse to remain in power but day-to-day governance would be handled by a prime minister from the opposition. The new opposition-led government would work on reforming the constitution and holding early presidential elections. Instead of ending his presidency in 2022, Moïse’s five-year presidential term would end a year early, in 2021. 

While some Moïse supporters have expressed a willingness to have an opposition prime minister, the unity government remains a hard sell among Haitian politicians and business leaders who for the past two weeks have been meeting with different groups to craft a road map out of the crisis that may or may not include Moïse as president.

“Haitians don’t have a problem talking; just not with the president,” said opposition Sen. Evaliere Beauplan, a spokesman for the radical opposition known as the Secteur Démocratique et Populaire. “The president is a liar. He doesn’t want dialogue.”

Beauplan said he and others in the opposition are putting together a plan on what a post-Moïse transition would look like. They are not interested in any formula, he said, that includes cooperating with the president, “who has lost his legitimacy, his ability to summon anyone and has corruption allegations.”

“We are not looking for jobs. We are looking for meaningful change,” Beauplan said, adding that he doesn’t understand why the international community keeps pushing the opposition to meet with a president facing corruption charges.

“They keep asking us to talk to him, to negotiate with people who have violated the law, who are corrupt….they won’t accept that in their countries, but they want us to. We find them to be incoherent as diplomats. They should show us the examples they have at home.” 

Gary Bodeau, the president of the lower chamber of deputies, said he would not support the idea of an opposition prime minister. He accused the radical opposition of promoting violent tactics that have turned streets into no-go zones of rock throwing and burning barricades, and left children unable to go to school.

“In what parliament?” Bodeau said raising doubt that such a plan would find support. “They have to find a neutral prime minister, a high profile personality who has a good background….Someone who can guarantee the interests of all parties.”

Frantz Bernard Craan, the head of the powerful pro-business Private Sector Economic Forum, said unity governments have never worked in Haiti because they are “teams of rivals.” 

Craan said the business community is looking for a way out of the crisis that would lead to a new constitution, a new way of governance and restore confidence so that the next presidential elections would be clean and acceptable. 

“There is a big problem here now, nobody trusts anybody and we don’ t want to enter into discussion regarding Jovenel, regarding the new government because within the private sector there is no unity on that,” Craan said. 

But the group has made itself clear on whether the president is part of the problem or the solution — which can make the goal of the OAS, to get all sides in the same room, difficult, if not impossible.

“We don’t now what the OAS can do or are doing. We hope that someone can facilitate, but it has to be an inter-Haitian solution,” Craan said. “We have said Jovenel is not part of the solution. Why? Because for us, he has been incapable of bringing everyone around the table to look for a solution.”

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Posted by on June 19, 2019 in Uncategorized


The Neocatechemenal Way comes to Jacmel

The weekend of June 14-16, we welcomed and gave hospitality to the people sharing the Neocatechumenal Way. After one month of catechesis, this was the weekend to have the “Convenience,” or retreat for participants to share the Word of God and the Eucharist, and to decide whether one desires to continue to walk the Way.

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Posted by on June 16, 2019 in Uncategorized


We are One Body, One Body in Christ–our full house!

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Posted by on June 16, 2019 in Uncategorized


Our new ping pong table!

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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Uncategorized


Katerina and Emily volunteer with Mother Angela Clinic❤️❤️

Thank you Katerina and Emily for sharing your gifts and talents, but most of all your presence with our Mother Angela Clinic. We look forward to your return!

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Posted by on June 14, 2019 in Uncategorized


Models of Mission and Faith

On Tuesday, June 11, we welcomed back Eric and Pete, our dear friends from Orlando. Eric comes to us often, and Pete has now made us his annual visit. They asked us to dream and see what we needed in the mission. We asked them to come and teach our boys some skills that would be helpful for them and us. So…

We needed a clothes line.

Some screens needed repairs. Eric taught Jean Philip how to repair torn screens.

The merry-go-round needed to be repaired, so Peter and Alberto fixed it; and now it is in good running condition.

The new shade was needed on the other side of the activity center.

Repairs were needed on the ping pong table.

Computer lab update of Rachel Educational Server was installed.

And a new tool and work bench was built for Jean Philip.

Today, they finished all the jobs, which took three days. We are so grateful to our brothers in Christ, Eric and Pete, for their example, dedication, and love of God, which they shared with us as they gave of themselves to our people. We pray it gave them some new life, too!

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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Uncategorized


Guest in the House, God in the House

The Felician Haiti Mission has a full house, with visitors from the Dominican Republic and Michigan. For the past few weeks, we have had members of the Neocatechemenal Way with us, while they are having catechesis at St. Michael’s parish.

On Friday, June 7, Dr. Zbigniew Purzycki, MD; his wife, Małgorzata; their daughter Katerina (a future medical student); and their family friend, Emily, who is also a medical student. They have been having a clinic here with our neighbors and, of course, with our children.

Saturday, they unpacked many suitcases with over-the-counter medicines. After that, we took them to where our children live; and we invited folks to visit the clinic on Monday.

Sunday, there were demonstrations in Jacmel, so we could not leave the mission. However, we used our time wisely by preparing medications for Monday’s clinic.

On Monday, adults from around the neighborhood came for the clinic. Sr. Marilyn translated for the doctor and his patients.

Tuesday was clinic day for mothers and babies.

Thank God, Dr. Wanitha was with us because we saw about 50 babies and mothers.

Katerina and Emily have also been going with the Mother Angela Clinic to get some rural nursing and health experience.

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Posted by on June 12, 2019 in Uncategorized