2019-02-06 HAITI

Marist schools do marvels with very little

From the 14th until the 26th of January, Brothers Miguel Angel Santos V. (Provincial), Jesus Hernández (Vice provincial) and Luis Enrique Rodríguez (Superior of the Sector), visited the Marist Sector of Haiti which belongs to the Province of México Occidental.     

On their arrival at Port au Prince, they were welcomed by Jean Mance and Antonio Cavazos, and then taken to the scholasticate.     

As part of their journey, the 3 Marist Brothers visited the Postulancy in Les Cayes which has 10 postulants. Here the Council of the Sector organized a session for reflection in which Brother Jesus and Brother Miguel Angel took part and they spoke with the postulants on different topics, among them, the spreadingof the five calls of the General Chapter.     

Later on, the Brothers visited the Community of Jérémie which has 13 novices, seven in their first year and six in their second who will make their first profession next June. Soon afterwards, they went to Dame Marie which has two buildings: the school "Notre-Dame de Fátima" and the School "Notre-Dame de la Nativité."      

Continuing their itinerary, the 3 Brothers came to the community of Latibolière where they met Brother Junel. There they visited the preparatory and secondary school, and they also saw the "restavek" programme for "adopted" children.     

When speaking of the Marist schools in Haiti, Brother Miguel Angel observed that "similarly to the schools previously visited, Latibolière works marvels with a budget that barely covers its daily needs, and is directed by a lay director, Mr. Demostene."     

During their stay in the novitiate at Jérémie, Brother Wilguins showed the visitors the sites of other Marist works: three buildings that are being constructed in front of the novitiate and  one  is expected to be finished by next April.     

After a warm encounter with the Brothers and novices of the Haitian communities with a Marist presence (Dame Marie, Jérémie and Latibolière), the three Brothers returned to the province of Western Mexico, on Saturday January 26.     

Read the complete report of the trip here, in Spanish or French.


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