[Francophones] Greetings from Haiti
eglise episcopale dhaiti
epihaiti at yahoo.com
Jeu 12 Jan 14:01:56 GMT 2012
January 12, 2012
Port au Prince, Haiti
Greetings from Haiti
in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As we transition from
Advent season and welcome 2012, it is an apt time to remark new beginnings. We
are pleased to be celebrating many new beginnings in the Diocese of Haiti. This
year we do this while evaluating progress in light of the two-year anniversary
of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
The earthquake of 2010
will be fixed in our national consciousness for decades to come and has thus
been integrated into the national vernacular. When referring to events,
Haitians almost always specify whether it occurred ‘before or after the Twelfth’.
We are thankful this
year, and always, to be a part of the World Wide Anglican Communion. The
support within our Church continues to gain momentum even while the catastrophe
fades out of international consideration.
On behalf of the
Diocese of Haiti, I thank you for supporting the rebuilding of the Holy Trinity
Cathedral. The Cathedral is the center of worship for Diocese of Haiti. We are
pleased to state that the Request for Proposals to rebuild the Cathedral has
been issued and the international team charged with rebuilding Holy Trinity
will soon choose among the proposals a firm to design and build the new house
of worship. We count on continued support to complete the project. The
rebuilding of the Cathedral will be a victory for the Anglican Communion and
the downtown Port au Prince renaissance. We appreciate all of you who
Thank you also for
your steadfast support of the Diocese of Haiti’s diverse ministries.
Individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds met us in Haiti and offered
their gifts, talents, and resources. Many more offer their significant support
from their homes. Thank you for giving of yourselves for the benefit of your
brothers and sisters in Haiti. Despite the continued challenges of insecurity,
limited access to clean water, and inflated prices, all Diocesan institutions
are functioning albeit in temporary structures made mostly of plywood and corrugated
metal. We look forward to moving all of these institutions into permanent
appropriate structures. We look forward also to increasing the community development
programs of the Diocese such as micro-credit loans and technical education to
insure ourselves for the challenges to come. Together we are moving from the
relief stage of recovery into a steady pace striding into a better future.
In March, the Diocese
of Haiti welcomed a Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Sikhumbuzo Vundla. Mr. Vundla
works closely with Diocesan leadership to facilitate the reconstruction
process. The Diocese benefits from his knowledge and experience.
This Fall, the Diocese
of Haiti elected Rev. Canon, Ogé Beauvoir as Bishop Suffragan to serve in the North. This is an
important step in a plan to decentralize and reorganize. The Bishop Suffragan
will share leadership duties with the Diocesan Bishop increasing the capacities
of all Diocesan ministries.
The potential of what
has begun in 2011 adds fuel to the fires of hope and resilience. We are elated
to realize tangible advancements. We have many positive things to celebrate
‘after the twelfth’. Our joy multiplies knowing that it is shared with so many
brothers and sisters around the world.
God’s Peace to you and
your families at the commencement of a new year. Please know that each one of
you is remembered in the prayers of your Haitian friends. May God bless each
and every one of you in all of your endeavors this year.
The Right Reverend J.
Bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of Haiti
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