Community Outreach: Our Partners
St. Genevieve – Haiti
St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church has been in a covenant relationship with St. Genevieve Church (Zoranje, Haiti) since 2005 to build a bridge between our churches and to provide financial support for St. Genevieve's parish and school. The Sister Parish Committee coordinates activities for our parish. Each year, a team of our parishioners visits St. Genevieve to get to know the members of our sister parish. Regular events help make parishioners of St. Patrick-St. Anthony aware of the rich cultural and spiritual traditions of the people of Haiti. This relationship deepens our understanding of what it means to live in a global Church and to foster justice, human dignity, and respect for people from different cultures.
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HAITI - October 2014. Reflections by Francis Rago.
Bon jou, Ayiti
If ever a country there were
that didn't need an earthquake,
this off-road driving on rubbled roads,
still torn and cratered five years since,
daily lined with faces of desperation,
settles any doubts of the comfortable class.
If ever a people unprepared,
here they are found,
resigned to repairs by the unskilled,
the untooled and unschooled,
the woefully undersupplied.
I spy a small child in a darkended doorway,
its cracked-through header a Damocles sword,
like the curse of a sorcerer
laughing darkly at all souls
still daring to hope.