Viatorians have served in Haiti since 1965 and since that time the number of religious vocations continues to grow.
The latest professions came earlier this year, during August and September. Yet, as 2020 winds down, the Foundation of Haiti continues to give thanks for these commitments.
On August 22, Br. Evens Pierre-Antoine and Br. Joseph Gabriel Jean Paul made their perpetual profession in the Chapel of the Missionary Sisters of Christ the King in Cazeau, Port-au-Prince.
Less than one month later, on Sept. 12, Br. Jean Paul Saint-Germain was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Jean Alix Verrier, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Cayes. He is Haiti’s newest priest! The ceremony took place in the Chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in Port-au-Prince.
Later that same month, Valéry Benoît, Edwily D’Aout and Schweiguer Innocent professed their first vows as Viatorians.
They join 32 religious Viatorians and nine associates in the Foundation of Haiti, who are active in schools and parish ministries. The Viatorian charism is so strong in Haiti that the Province of Canada plans to rebuild Villa Manrèse, the retreat center that collapsed in the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Together with these new religious, Viatorians in Haiti remain energized to carry out the vision of Fr. Querbes, of building a community where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated.