The St. Francis Haiti Ministry Team is comprised of 8 to 12 members from the parish who meet on a monthly basis to conduct business. The purpose of this team is to oversee and support all parish initiatives designed to aid our sister parish of St. Michael’s in Plaisance, Haiti, including salaries, healthcare, and service trips.
Charisms that work well with this ministry: Administration, Leadership, Missionary, Service
Bishop Higi mandated each parish in the diocese "twin" with a parish in Haiti. The need for help is staggering:
Following Fr. John's trip to Plaisance, Haiti, in 1996, he asked the members of St. Francis to choose the parish of St. Michael as our partner.
As part of his incredible multifaceted crusade to elevate the quality of life of his parishioners, Father Andre set about building an elementary school in 2000 to serve the "poorest-of-the-poor" children. A new building now stands as a testimony to his dream and the generousity of many people.
The school day begins at 9am and ends at 1pm. For the remainder of the day, the school becomes a vocational school for young men and women who range from high school to college age.
Our first twinning initiative was a Medical Mission. The people in Plaisance had never seen a doctor. Since 1998, the parish has sent a medical team of doctors and nurses from the parish for a week to minister to the many health needs of the populace who are without even the most rudimentary health care. The parish also provides the salary for a full-time Haitian nurse and enough medicine to staff and equip a year-round clinic.
Since 1999, St. Francis has also sent a service team that attempts to respond to St. Michael many needs as defined by their pastor, Fr. Jose Pierre Angrand.