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Mission Ad Gentes in Haiti!

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02/07/2007: Haiti

Haiti is a mission that belongs to the province of Canada, but it is in the process of being turned over to the province of Mexico Occidental. At present there are seven Canadian Brothers, one Haitian Brother, one Spanish Brother, one Argentinian Brother and one Brother from Malawi. There are two Haitian Brothers who have just professed first vows and will be going to the scholasticate in Guadalajara. And there are Haitian novices in Colombia.

Brother Michael Flanigan recently visited our MAG Brothers in Haiti and was able to visit all 3 communities as well as Bro. Yvon who lives in Port Au Prince with the Clercs de St. Viateur.

Anthony Njolovi (Malawi), is part of the staff of the Postulant House in Jérémie. There are presently 9 postulants – 5 in their second year who will be moving to the novitiate, and 4 in their first year. Anthony found the transition to Haiti difficult at first, but he very much enjoys his work there and being with the postulants. They are a very good group of young people. In addition to being a supportive presence, Anthony looks after the practical matters in the house. Once he feels he has mastered French well enough, he will also help giving conferences to the postulants. In the meantime, he’s practicing his French and Creole bargaining with the merchants in the market.

Brothers Ernesto Benavidez (Cruz del Sur) and Bonifacio Gonzalez (Mediterranea) are a presence in the community at La Tibolière. There is a school there, but the Brothers are not involved in the running of it any longer. So, the Marist Brothers community provides a very important witness in the town. And there are plenty of things to do. Ernesto has taken to fixing up the house which is in disrepair. Bonifacio does some of that and in addition, teaches Spanish to the postulants at Jérémie.

There is another community of 3 in Dame Marie where Michael and Anthony visited with three Canadian Brothers. Dame Marie was the first foundation in Haiti.

While it is not yet determined when the mission will go to the Mexico Occidental province, the two provincials hope that any of the Brothers who are there presently will stay if they wish to, adding to the “international” cooperation in mission.

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