Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on February 19, 2019

Thank you very much for caring. This is a proof that we are not alone and you’re praying for us at Good Shepherd parish. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

By the way, the actual political situation of the country is worsening everyday. The country is locked. Roads are blocked everywhere. It’s difficult for us. The inflation worsened too.
In Pilate, we don’t have too much violence like it is in some other parts of the country. Our schools are still working, but some children don’t come to school because their parents are afraid for their safety. We cannot have computer classes because there’s no fuel (diesel) in the country in these times to fill our car and the generator. To avoid this same situation in a next time, I wonder if it will not be possible for you to help us installing an energy system for the parish and the school as they did in Saint Albert the Great parish? Which will be very helpful.
All the gas stations are closed. I cannot go out of Pilate to buy food for the rectory and for the orphanage and we don’t find everything to cook in Pilate. You can imagine how bad it is to live.
Please keep on praying for us and for Haiti.
Fr Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

February 16, 2019 – Canadian nurses trapped in Haiti start GoFundMe for helicopter rescue


February 14, 2019 – Haiti Travel Advisory – Travel.State.Gov

Haiti – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to Haiti due to crime and civil unrest.

There are currently widespread, violent, and unpredictable demonstrations in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti.  Due to these demonstrations, on February 14, 2019, the Department of State ordered the departure of all non-emergency U.S. personnel and their family members. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti.

Protests, tire burning, and road blockages are frequent and unpredictable.  Violent crime, such as armed robbery, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents, and emergency response, including ambulance service, is limited or non-existent.

Travelers are sometimes targeted, followed, and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. The U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport, and it takes steps to detect surveillance and deter criminal attacks during these transports.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens due to reduced staffing and security concerns. The Embassy discourages its personnel from walking in most neighborhoods. The Embassy prohibits its personnel from:

  • Visiting establishments after dark without secure, on-site parking;
  • Using any kind of public transportation or taxis;
  • Visiting banks and using ATMs;
  • Driving outside of Port-au-Prince at night;
  • Traveling anywhere between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.; and
  • Visiting certain parts of the city at any time without prior approval and special security measures in place.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Haiti:

  • Avoid demonstrations.  Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks.
  • Arrange airport transfers and hotels in advance, or have your host meet you upon arrival.
  • Be careful about providing your destination address in Haiti. Do not provide personal information to unauthorized individuals located in the immigration, customs, or other areas inside or near any airports in Haiti.
  • As you leave the airport, make sure you are not being followed. If you notice you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station immediately.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Purchase travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance ahead of time.
  • Review information on Travel to High-Risk Areas.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Overseas Security Advisory Council report on Haiti.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Haiti Commission Update – February 12, 2019

Since we no longer have a location to hold our annual Rummage Sale benefiting St. Rose, the Good Shepherd Finance Committee has agreed to assist the Haiti Project in the following way:

1.  The proceeds from 1 bingo – Tuesday, April 30 – Please plan to attend and support this event.
2.  Good Shepherd budget item of $5,000
3.  Continuation of monthly Haiti collection envelopes
4.  A second collection near the feast of St. Rose of Lima – August 23 (August 24 & 25 in 2019)
5.  Please note that if we are unable to continue the Fall Festival booth, the parish will NOT cover the lost profits from this fundraiser.
I have contacted the Catholic Center to ask if we could hold the Rummage Sale there.  They did offer the gym in July.  I feel there are several problems with this date.
1.  It is just weeks after the Good Shepherd Social (June 27, 28, & 29)
2.  Many Good Shepherd families could be on vacation since this would be just a few weeks before school resumes in August.
3. When the rummage sale was held in April, Good Shepherd students assisted us.  This was organized by one of the teachers.  I don’t feel we would have much student help in July since school would not be in session.
4.  This would be about one month before we begin preparing food for the Fall Festival.
5.  Many of the same people would be working on the social, rummage sale, and fall festival.  I fear we would burn out our volunteer base attempting to do so many fundraisers so close together.
Since the parish is being so generous with the bingo and budget, and with the issues I have outlined above,  I am suggesting we not hold the rummage sale at this time.  Let me hear your thoughts.

Update – November 19, 2019:  All members have agreed to drop the rummage sale this year.

We have formed subcommittees to work on the Fall Festival booth and all will meet on Saturday, March 16 at 9 a.m. in the church conference room.

Respectfully submitted by Luan Greubel

Haiti Commission – November 20, 2018

Haiti Funding Possibilities Meeting
Attending: Mary Beth Davis, Luan Greubel

Memorial, MaterDei Fund Raising Project: Explore with students and Student Council Advisor, Kim
Murphy from Memorial (Fr. Zach Etienne) and Student Coordinator, Chad Breeden from Mater Dei (Fr.
Ed Schnarr).
Good Shepherd Bingo proceeds for one Bingo per year – Sarah Gahagan exploring this
Mattress sale as Memorial Band or a similar project
Second Collection: On St. Rose of Lima Fest Day, August 23: Other possible times, Lent, Advent, when
Fr. Frantzdy visits or other suggestions
Spirit of Hope proceeds split with Haiti and Good Shepherd Parish
Increase knowledge: Bulletin articles, Narthex videos/pictures, speakers from pulpit, presenting for
Good Shepherd and Memorial/Mater Dei Students – Communication between Good Shepherd/
Memorial/Mater Dei students – send emails or pictures
Good Shepherd fundraising – pennies/change for Haiti
Parish website on Haiti section – post information pictures/videos
Rummage Sale in Spring
Fall Festival Booth: October 7 – 12 – Next planning meeting January 19 or 26, 2019
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser suggested by Fr. Zach Etienne – ask Knight of Columbus to help with this
Share with other twinning parishes: Hands Together for Haiti (St. Francis Xavier Poseyville – St. Peter
and Paul Haubstadt – St. Wendel – Zion Lippe United Church of Christ Poseyville – St. Joe County
Haiti Parish envelope and electronic giving – sending thank you notes to all who have given – will be
mailed by December 01, 2018
Monthy meetings: Each invite one new person
Kevin & Jean Dollison
Kim Merkel
Ruth Becker
Sarah Gahagen
Joe Gries
Mark & Stacey Wahl
Sharon Sutton
Marcia Minton
Mary Beth Davis
Luan Greubel
Ken & Beth Schenk
Louise Carter
Robynn Working
Bill Noll
Fr. Zach Etienne

Respectfully submitted by Luan Greubel

Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on January 30, 2019

Good News,

I want to thank you for everything, especially for this last good news. In this sense, I want to let you know that I received the money that was transferred to the parish account last Thursday 17.
Thanks to all the people good people in Good Shepherd Parish! May God bless you!
In Jesus,
Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on January 06, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Evansville, IN.

The twinning program is probably new to many of you.  I have decided, as the parish pastor of St. Rose of Lima, to write and give you an idea of your sister parish in Pilate, Haiti.

We are located in Northern Haiti.  St. Rose is a large parish with about 5,000 members.  In addition to the main church, there are 5 additional chapels located in more remote areas.

Each month, I will send a note updating you on our blessings and challenges.  May God bless you for your generosity.

Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

Updates from our Sister Parish –
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on November 08, 2018

To view post, click the following link:  http://gsparish.org/updates-from-our-sister-parish-saint-rose-of-lima-parish-in-pilate-haiti/

Updates from our Sister Parish –
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on November 08, 2018

To view post, click the following link:  http://gsparish.org/updates-from-our-sister-parish-saint-rose-of-lima-parish-in-pilate-haiti/

October 6, 2018 earthquake aftershock report about Pilate, Haiti
Published on October 12, 2018

To view post, click the following link:  http://gsparish.org/october-6-2018-earthquake-aftershock-report-about-pilate-haiti/

GSCS Service Project for Haiti
Published on August 24, 2018

To view post, click the following link:  http://gsparish.org/gscs-service-project-for-haiti/

Snapshots of Pilate, Haiti
by Nancy Mills
Published on Mar 29, 2013

In the early 1980s, St Theresa Catholic Parish in Evansville, Indiana adopted a Haitian parish through the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas.  In 2012, St. Theresa parishioner Mary Beth Davis and her two daughters visited that sister parish, St Rose of Lima, in Pilate Haiti, and its pastor, Father Snell Nord.  The Davis family also reconnected with their old friend Sister Lucie Laquerre, at Hospital L’Esperance (Hope Hospital) which services Pilate and where Sister Lucie has worked as a nurse for 40 years.

The highlights of Mary Beth’s trip are being made into a documentary that will cover such topics as Pilate’s school, hospital, reforestation program, methane-gas pilot project, parish life, and more.  Until that film, Snapshots of Pilate, is completed, this video will provide viewers with an overview of Mary Beth’s tour of Pilate. In the meantime, many sponsorship opportunities are available for those wishing to contribute to the worthwhile services being provided to Haiti’s.

To view video, click the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ITb6WMKE0

Haiti Hospital
by Nancy Mills
Published on August 12, 2013

To view video, click the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjMrdCS_2TA&feature=em-share_video_user

“Snapshots of Pilate” The school
by Rafael Naar
Published on Oct 30, 2013

To view video, click the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Ax5LrXbGE&feature=em-share_video_user

Pilate Haiti
by Rafael Naar
Published on Oct 12, 2014