TO HAITI AND BACK
A short report
“On Nov 19th a regional vicariate of the Society was established in Port Au Prince. On this day Bishop Carl Buffington, Emissary Bishop of Boga, DRC, installed Fr. Burnet Cherisol as Episcopal Vicar, and received two clergy to serve in the Society. He confirmed 6 young people and received into the Communion 6 adults. The new work will be based at Holy Family Parish in Port au Prince which gathered today for the first time with over 100 Congregants.” Bishop Kevin Donlon
Fr. Gabriel Ipasu, Sheryl Curbow-Shaw and I met up with Bishop Kevin Donlon in Port au Prince, Haiti, this past weekend — each of us playing our parts as if we had rehearsed.
Sheryl, bringing her mission experience from New Covenant and Global Teams, shared with those forming this vicariate ideas for projects and plans for mission. Fr. Gabriel, being fluent in French, fit right in and we still don’t know what he said about us in his sermon Sunday! Bishop Kevin, bringing all the necessary paper work and all the pieces to the 3-hour liturgy, kept us on track and focused. What a blessed time it was!
Fr. Burnet Cherisol, the Episcopal Vicar, is something of a local celebrity. Everywhere we went, he knew people. Even the security people at the airport just nodded and let us pass coming and going with him. He was a professor at the local seminary and is a most capable leader, not to mention a really nice guy.
The pictures below: me introducing Fr. Burnet; all of us meeting all day Saturday, Gabriel preaching, and going into the service Sunday.
GIVING THANKS for your prayers and for allowing me to be part of this truly exciting adventure!
– A BLESSED THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL!