Communication with Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on October 18, 2021

Dear Luan,
I’m not as good as always because of too many problems that I’m dealing with everyday. But I’m struggling to do my best because of my faith in God and according my ministry as priest.  But, sometimes, I wonder why Haiti is such a poor country?
 Nowadays, I can say after the works of the masons to repair partially the church’s building, we need to repair the roof, the ceiling, and to paint the building completely because it is really dirty.
However, one of the things that is needed much is a complete reparation of the orphanage house, where the orphans are living everyday. I always feel ashamed when I go to the orphanage house because I’m in charge of them and unfortunately I don’t have economic means to bring a better life to the kids. Added to that, I need to buy books and school materials for the orphans kids and to feed them properly.
About the the schools, things are really tough. In January, we will have to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saint Paul College. But, we do need to fix the leaking roof of the first floor and to put concrete on all the surface of the yard. There are other problems as means to pay all the employees and to feed to pupils.
More to these problems are what we are facing everyday at the rectory where a complete reparation is also a must to do. I cannot forget the need for a new parish car because the old one can’t stand anymore.
So, I don’t know what to do in such situation. there are other problems that I don’t mention in this letter. I only rely on God and on the generosity of Good Shepherd parishioners in other to see what is possible to do among such hardships. Here in Pilate, people are willing to help but they are poor and most of the time they come to the rectory to seek for food and money to buy food.
As Christmas is approaching, I hope that a new light will come to shine upon us at Saint Rose of Lima Parish through the generosity of our brothers and sisters at Good Shepherd Parish in Evansville. I think it is not too early to wish ” Merry Christmas” to all the parishioners and to thank them in advance.
May God bless you all,
Fr Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

Communication with Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on June 11, 2021

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SEA CONTAINER/VHF/HAITI NEWS UPDATE – Published on 04/15/2021

💥 Warm Greetings To All of You! 💥
I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU INFORMATION ON THE FOLLOWING:
  • THE SEA CONTAINER PROJECT
  • VISITATION HOSPITAL FOUNDATION VIRTUAL RUN
ADDITIONALLY, I WISH TO SHARE WITH YOU THE LATEST NEWS ON THE INCREASINGLY DIRE SITUATION IN HAITI THAT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:  
  • STATE DEPARTMENT TRAVEL ADVISORY ON HAITI
  • REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR THE DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN HAITI
  • MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF HAITI (CEH)
  • MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO THE HAITIAN PEOPLE FROM HAITIAN PRIESTS & MISSIONARIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
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PARISH TWINNING PROGRAM MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY
FOR HAITI
I KNOW THAT I SPEAK FOR ALL OF YOU IN SAYING THAT OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE HAITIAN PEOPLE FOR SUCH UNSPEAKABLE SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF GANGS AND MURDERERS.  IT IS HARD FOR US TO IMAGINE THE ANXIETY, FEAR AND TORMENT HAITI IS UNDERGOING, BUT WE MUST CONTINUE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WE CARE, THAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR THEM, AND THAT WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THEM.  WE MUST BY THE GRACE OF GOD BE A SIGN OF HOPE AND A SIGN OF LOVE FOR THE HAITIAN PEOPLE IN THIS TRYING TIME.  
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SEA CONTAINER
We are requiring our volunteers at the warehouse to wear masks and practice social distancing.  We recommend to those of you who will be dropping off items at the warehouse to also wear masks and practice social distancing.  We will have extra masks and hand sanitizer available.
If you are sending a large shipment, please encourage the pastor of your sister parish to send a truck and driver to PAP when our Haiti Coordinator, Bertony Domond, calls to notify them of the day their goods will be unloaded.  If you are sending  a relatively small shipment, it is possible that we can store your items in PAP until the pastor of your sister parish is able to arrange to get them.
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VISITATION HOSPITAL FOUNDATION VIRTUAL RUN
Please share with your family and friends that Visitation Hospital Foundation is having a virtual race across Haiti to benefit Visitation Clinic in Petite Riviere de Nippes.  VHF is a spinoff of the Parish Twinning Program and was founded in 1999.  If you don’t wish to choose a 10K for $30, or a 1/2 Marathon for $40, you may also register to donate $60.  Your support will be greatly appreciated!
Just cut and paste the link below:
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STATE DEPARTMENT HAITI TRAVEL ADVISORY:
LEVEL 4: DO NOT TRAVEL, APRIL 12, 2021

Do not travel to Haiti due to kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and COVID-19.  Travelers to Haiti may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Haiti due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Haiti, including where CDC-required testing is available in Haiti for travel to the United States.

Country Summary: Kidnapping is widespread and victims regularly include U.S. citizens. Kidnappers may use sophisticated planning or take advantage of unplanned opportunities, and even convoys have been attacked. Kidnapping cases often involve ransom negotiations and U.S. citizen victims have been physically harmed during kidnappings. Victim’s families have paid thousands of dollars to rescue their family members.

Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common. Travelers are sometimes followed and violently attacked and robbed shortly after leaving the Port-au-Prince international airport. Robbers and carjackers also attack private vehicles stuck in heavy traffic congestion and often target lone drivers, particularly women. As a result, the U.S. Embassy requires its personnel to use official transportation to and from the airport.

Protests, demonstrations, tire burning, and roadblocks are frequent, unpredictable, and can turn violent. The U.S. government is extremely limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Haiti – assistance on site is available only from local authorities (Haitian National Police and ambulance services). Local police generally lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

U.S. government personnel are discouraged from walking in Port-au-Prince and other neighborhoods. Only adult family members over the age of 18 are permitted to accompany U.S. government employees assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. U.S. government personnel in Haiti are prohibited from:

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

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Haiti:

  • See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
  • Avoid demonstrations and crowds. Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks.
  • Arrange airport transfers and hotels in advance, or have your host meet you upon arrival.
  • Do not provide personal information to unauthorized individuals (i.e. people without official uniforms or credentials) located in the immigration, customs, or other areas inside or near any airports.
  • If you are being followed as you leave the airport, drive to the nearest police station immediately.
  • Travel by vehicle to minimize walking in public.
  • Travel in groups of at least two people.
  • Always keep vehicle doors locked and windows closed when driving.
  • Exercise caution and alertness, especially when driving through markets and other traffic congested areas.
  • 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.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
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REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL NETWORK FOR THE DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS (RNDDH)

The local National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains) released a report on a series of events which occurred in the locality of Bel-Air on March 31 and April 1, 2021. Three armed gangs of G-9 (a federation made up of 9 gangs) besieged upper Bel-Air after their men failed at orchestrating two kidnappings in the area. So far, they have recorded 13 dead, 5 people missing, 4 injured and more than 20 houses set on fire, some of which were small businesses. In that area, commercial and educational institutions have been closed ever since. Many victims have fled their homes to shelter in public spaces such as parks.

The metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince has faced a new wave of kidnappings over the weekend. Between Saturday evening and Sunday morning, at least 12 people were kidnapped. In the locality of Croix-des-Bouquets, the “400 Mawozo” gang kidnapped five priests including a French priest and nun as well as four members of the family of a priest who was to be installed in Ganthier. They have demanded a ransom of one million dollars.

The kidnappers also struck at Delmas 75 on Saturday; two people were abducted there. A doctor as well as an accountant (a Freemason of the Grand Orient of 1824 lodge). As a result, many hospitals and doctors’ associations issued statements requesting the doctor’s immediate release. The State Insurance Office for workplace accidents sickness and maternity (OFATMA) where the doctor works has decided to close its doors today in protest. Some hospitals such as Bernard Mevs also announced they would close their doors, with the exception of emergencies, following the appalling and overwhelming news of the kidnapping

Four more people including a pastor and some of the attendees of his religious service were also kidnapped last week, during a live broadcast on social networks. Furthermore, a Presidential Security Unit (USP) agent was also kidnapped in Carrefour last week. She has been released upon payment of a ransom.

The torrential rains that hit the northern region of the country last weekend have caused the death of at least six people as reported by the Northern Departmental Committee of risk and disaster management. Several neighborhoods in Cap-Haitien and other northern cities have been under water. As a result, 4,385 families are affected, 3,981 houses flooded, including 2,713 in Cap-Haitien, some 155 people have taken refuge in temporary shelters. Many farmlands have been destroyed throughout the nineteen communes of the department. Many roads connecting several municipalities have been cut off. Several cattle were washed away by the floods of various rivers throughout the department.

The Haitian authorities have refused the vaccine from the AstraZeneca laboratory, proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) via the Covax mechanism; they say they want to negotiate another vaccine more appropriate for Haiti.

We have suspended our field visits towards Ganthier as the gang activity there increased over the weekend. We will monitor any changes in the situation to proceed accordingly.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS  OF HAITI
Beloved brothers and sisters,

1. Faithful to our mission to accompany the people of God, to enlighten the men and women of good will, and to be in solidarity with all our compatriots, especially those who suffer, we, the Catholic bishops of Haiti, are essential judges to solve the position of the Church in the current situation of the country and the economic situation made of extreme distress.  Following Christ, the Church is still on the side of law, truth, justice and respect of life and human dignity. This is our unshakable and unalterable position, whatever the circumstances.  However, although this is clear and unmistakable, we can add two observations:

2. The President of the Republic has applied the electoral law and the Constitution for Prime Ministers, senators and mayors in previous years.  He said the unit of the law for all elected officials, including for himself, proclaims as well that the law is one for all.  It seems to us that everyone agrees on the principle that no one is above the law and the constitution in the country.  This first observation states that no literature and no legal proof are necessary.  Everyone wants Haiti to be a rule of law.

3. This is the second observation: the country is at the edge of an explosion.  The daily life of the people is death, assassinations, impunity and insecurity.  Discontent is everywhere, in almost all areas.  Many topics are angry, as: how to establish a provisional electoral board, how to prepare another constitution, etc.  So these are not just the ravages of kidnapping that make the country totally unwelcome.  Should we accept or tolerate that?

4. At the heart of this socio-political and economic recurring crisis, fueled by the venom of hatred and mistrust, it is necessary to prefer to look for and find the consensus on any thorny matter.  It must be constructed by social and institutional dialogue to avoid disaster. “Some try to flee the reality,” says Pope Francis, by taking refuge in their worlds, others face him by using destructive violence.  However, “between selfish indifference and violent protest there is an option always possible: the dialogue” (Fratelli Tutti # 199).  It is solely the link of the consensus that can help the different actors to avoid one side or the other that all of Haiti is thrown even more to the bottom of the abyss.

5. We ask all of our Haitian brothers and sisters to show discipline, reason and wisdom in the search for the higher interests of the nation and to those who have the mission to watch over lives and property, to guarantee the safety of all, and to bring the squadrons of death to put aside their weapons so that kidnapping and insecurity can be forever banned on earth of Haiti.  As Pope Francis reminds us, there is no end point to the construction of a country’s social peace. This is rather, “a task without respite that requires the commitment of all …… that this effort makes us flee any temptation of revenge and search for special and short-term interest “(Fratelli Tutti # 232).

6. We invite you to welcome this message as the incessant accompaniment of our Church and the CEH’s (Episcopal Conference of Catholic Bishops) response to one or the other party or political group waiting to fulfill in functions in many dignified initiatives and interests.  Wishing that Haitian patriots involved in the country’s public affairs are even more worthy of the ancestors, calling them to work quickly and with intrepidity, we are renewing our love for the common homeland.  We ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten the protagonists of the crisis, and to our lady of the perpetual relief, patroness of Haiti, to intercede for us with his divine son, Jesus Christ, the light of the nations.

Given at the headquarters of the CEH, in Lilavois, February 2, 2021.
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MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY TO THE HAITIAN PEOPLE:
FROM HAITIAN PRIESTS AND MISSIONARIES IN THE
UNITED STATES AND CANADA
Dear brothers and sisters, compatriots of Haiti,
Troubled by the heart-wrenching situation of our Beloved Haiti, We, Haitian Priests, missionaries to Haitians living in the United States and Canada, signatories of this note, would like to send you, Beloved Compatriots living in Haiti, this prayerful message of fraternal solidarity. Your sufferings and anxieties are our own. For, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants!” Psalm 116, 15.
We affirm our deep communion with the Catholic Bishops of Haiti and fully adhere to their message of last February 2nd. In the extreme conditions of distress that our Country is subjected to, the Bishops affirmed the Church is always on the side of the lowly ones and on the side of what is right. No one, did they declare should be above the law and the constitution. Inspired by their message, we conclude that the illegitimate occupant of the Executive Power must observe for himself the same demands he imposed on the elected officials of the government that they should respect the terms of their mandate.
Dear brothers and sisters, in the face of this excruciating, dehumanizing and intolerable suffering that is imposed on you, you particularly from the most vulnerable segment of the population, we cannot remain insensitive. The general insecurity characterized by, among other things, systematized kidnapping, the federalization of gangs, heinous rapes, the abhorrent killings of children, pregnant women and peaceful citizens on a daily basis is appalling and unacceptable.
Your deep misery is disturbing. The country has become like a building without a foundation. The ‘de facto’ government does nothing to protect the lives of our people. Everything indicates that we are gradually moving towards a knowingly planned genocide, a horrible outcome we must prevent at all costs. Let all partisan interests cease as well as those foreign economic pursuits that run against our national interests. In the words of Pope Francis “Enough violence, extremism, factions, insane cruelty, these senseless barbarities!”
We appeal first to the conscience of those who still hold the reins of the state apparatus to stop acting against the Constitution which they themselves had sworn to uphold. We also appeal to the conscience of the wealthy class to come to realize that the country’s resources and natural wealth are first and foremost the common good of the Haitian People and not of any category of men and women or institutions, economically, politically, or nationally and internationally well established. Finally, we appeal to the conscience of all members of the civil society and political parties in general. May they unite in a committed search for a relevant solution to this appalling crisis!
In the name of our faith in the Living God, we cry out loudly and clearly that the Haitian people must never again undergo the oppression of a dictatorial regime, the systematic abuse of their most basic civil, political and linguistic rights, and any unjust exploitation of the country’s natural resources and wealth.
Let us not lose hope! As a nation, we have gone through many terrible periods in history. This time also we will achieve victory if only we rediscover the power of UNITY, and true to our national motto inscribed on our flag “United We Are Strong!” “Unity is our Strength.” May the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haiti, intercede for our people and guide us towards love, reconstruction, unity, progress, justice, and peace!

Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on January 16, 2021

Expressing the deepest of my gratitude to you:

Dear Luan,
In the middle of the first month of the year, I’m feeling happy to express the deepest of my gratitude to the parishioners of Good Shepherd Parish. To put it bluntly, I didn’t know how the First Communion of the kids will turn out until you generously help me financially. Then, everything turns out marvelously nice because of your faith in God and your love for others. As I used to say, no words can’t really express my gratitude towards all of you, but with these ones I’m trying to express the deepest of it to you from the bottom of my heart.
With the blessings of God, may your life be always happy as I’m glad to share with you in attached note some of the pictures of the kids taking during the First Communion day and after it. I hope you enjoy them and be proud of your Christian faith. Thank you very much and Happy new year 2021!
With joy and gratitude,
Fr Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Parish Pastor


Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on November 17, 2020


Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on November 03, 2020


Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on October 12, 2020


Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on June 06, 2020


Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on April 18, 2020

Dear Fr Zach,
I Hope you and the parishioners of Good Shepherd are good during such difficult times caused by the mortal spreading of the coronavirus. In Haiti as in the US, the Governments ask the people to stay home and be in quarantine. However, because of the big poverty of the country, the people can’t really stay home because if they don’t go out  to try to earn money they are not able to feed their children and themselves or to take care of their family. They are living day by day. Most of them don’t have a salary. So, you can imagine the situation, staying home without food to eat is really impossible for the people. And while they are out, they are exposed to receive or spread the virus and their life are in danger.
At the parish, people come to ask for food or money every day because they are starving. Unfortunately, in my side, I can’t really do anything for them. It is sad to see them going back home without being able to help them. Now, I wonder what is possible to do to help the people during this big moment of hardship causing by the coronavirus. I know that everything is stopped in the US as in Haiti, but if the parishioners at Good Shepherd can still have a way to help us in Pilate, that would really be a gift from God. I don’t know what is possible, but I’m obliged to rely on your faith in God and on your generosity to be able to help my parishioners in Pilate. If not, later can be sadder if things don’t change and if they don’t find a cure to stop the mortal virus because people will be died not only of the coronavirus but also because of great hunger.
In the midst of this common situation, may God protect everyone of us while He is inspiring the scientist to find a cure.
Have a good day,
Fr Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on March 27, 2020

I do wake up very early this morning and thinking about the kids at the orphanage. In these days of Coronavirus quarantine the situation is very complicated to keep them in good shape. Unfortunately, I don’t have economic means to buy food for them. Yesterday, they didn’t eat anything because all the money and food that I had are already spent and used. Today, I don’t know yet what will I find to feed them. Only God knows!
So, I know that you are in the same situation with the coronavirus quarantine, but it may be easier for you to stay home and have food. I wonder if it is possible for you to help me having economic means to buy food for the 22 children that are living at the orphanage of the parish. I’m sorry to ask you money for that. But, I don’t have any other choice. I have no ones else to beg for the children. The parishioners are also in great need. They are not able to help me. So, all my hope is in your generosity because of your faith in God. I don’t know if that will be possible for you, but if it is, as fast as you can, please send to me what you can afford to help me buy food for the children at the orphanage. I rely on your generosity. May God bless you. May God protect everyone of you at Good Shepherd Parish and in America from the coronavirus bad effect spreading! As always, I assure you of my prayer. May God save the World!
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 02, 2020

Merry Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020


Updates – Published on August 20, 2019


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

Dear twins friend,
Please received in attached note the report of the fund received last June 2019. Thank you very much for your important help. With the fund received I have done more than expected and the students of the 3 schools had a very good moment during the feast of Sacred Heart school. Thank you, one more time.
About the parish car, I need to change the broken transmission and all the tires. I know that the price to buy a brain new transmission is $3500,00 USD and the price of the tires may be about $1500,00 USD (more or less). I will need to pay for installation too. I don’t know how much that will cost in total.
The Feast of Saint Rose of Lima is celebrated every year on August 30. During this feast it would be nice to host some of you to celebrate with your twin parish. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a group of you over for the first time of my ministry at Saint Rose of Lima Parish? My dear twin brothers and sisters, please think about coming to visit your twinning parish in Pilate, Haiti. The parishioners will be glad to host you. One more time, thank you very much. May God bless Good Shepherd parish and every single parishioners!
Sincerely,
Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

Updates from Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
Saint Rose of Lima Parish in Pilate, Haiti
Published on June 05, 2019

Dear Twin friends,
I hope that all of you are doing good in Jesus’ name. Here in Haiti, we keep on struggling everyday. Life is getting harder and harder. The political situation is worst than ever. Actually, the cost of life is really expensive, even for the basic needs. No matter how much money you have, it is not really enough to have a decent life. I don’t know when things will be better. So, facing this bad situation, we haven’t any other choices than praying and trying to do keep doing what is positive for the future of the children and the young kids.
Hopefully, you are an angel for us. In this sense, I wonder what would we do if you weren’t committed to help us? That is why, I will always be grateful to you. You can’t imagine the tremendous things you’re doing for us and mostly for the children at the schools.  Be always thanked and blessed!
By the way, at the beginning of the school year I forgot to send the budget to you as always. I apologize about that from the bottom of my heart. Now, in this e-mail, I send it to you along with the report of the money received and used in the same spreadsheet which attached to this message. I will e-mail another document with photos to you. Unfortunately, I will not be able to send a wide range of pictures because there is a limited number to send via yahoo. I hope that the number of pictures which will be sent to you will help to give you a clearer idea about the report.
Thank you all, at Good Shepherd Parish. May God bless you,
Fr Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus-Christ at Good Shepherd Parish, 

After the earthquake of October 6, 2018 you have committed to help Saint Rose of Lima, your sister parish in Haiti and the children at the school. Today, as the parish pastor and on behalf of my parishioners, I want to express my deep gratitude towards you all for everything you have been doing so far to help us in Haiti.

To give you a clear idea of what have been made, in an excel spreadsheet I send you the budget for 2018-2019 along with the report of the money received and used at the school and at the parish up to today. By the way, I apologize for not sending the budget for this year on time, at the beginning of the school year.

As you know that the building of the school was damaged by the earthquake. In this case, our engineer recommends that we tear it down to rebuild it because it is not safe. He said that no matter when the land may shake again, it can be collapsed even after being repaired. So, according to that recommendation we weren’t able to do anything on it because we do need about $178,000 us to rebuild it according to a study made for it. So, facing this reality, right after the earthquake I did build a hangar with a roof made with tarpaulins to relocate some classrooms. Unfortunately the tarpaulins were torn by the wind and the rain. To fix it up, I did now spend money to redo the hangar and cover it with sheet metals after doing the same thing to cover a leaked room at the backyard of the rectory where the generators for the schools and the rectory are located. I want you to have a glance of the attached pictures of those works at the school, at the church and at the rectory.

With gratitude,

Fr. Frantzdy Joseph, c.s.c.

Dear twin friends,
Please receive some other pictures about the chairs, the restroom at the back of the sacristy of the church, the food moment during one of the three days of formation and meeting at the parish, and the work to repair the belle at the church of the parish

Haiti Commission Update – May 14, 2019

We want to thank all those who supported the bingo on April 30.  An additional $4,000 will be sent to St. Rose from the proceeds.

Respectfully submitted by Luan Greubel


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

http://www.14news.com/2019/02/16/canadian-nurses-trapped-haiti-start-gofundme-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.
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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