The Haiti Committee works in solidarity with Sts. Peter and Paul, Palmyra, VA, and St. Rose of Lima, Freehold, NJ, to foster the twinning relationship with our twin parish in Fond Pierre, Haiti, through work projects, visits, and prayer.
Our diocesan twinning program enables individuals and parish communities to encounter Christ in the impoverished people and land of Haiti. We invite you to read on to learn more about the people of our twin parish in Fond Pierre and what you can do to help.
Our parish is fortunate to celebrate over a decade of twinning with the people of Fond Pierre, Haiti. During this time we have completed the parish house, a new school, a new church, and a clinic with and for the Rockbridge-Haiti Medical Alliance. In the last couple years we have also provided new benches for worshiping parishioners of St. Peter's and completed the cafeteria for the children. We have accomplished these things through the grace of God, through the support of Fr. Malherbe, and now Fr. Roderick, and through your thoughtful generosity.
Currently we are collecting school supplies for the children of Fond Pierre and providing scholarships to send students to secondary school. Fr. Roderick is very committed to the education of the children of Fond Pierre. At the end of each school year, the 9th grade graduating students sit for an exam to qualify to continue their education in secondary school (grades 10-13). Fr. Roderick chooses the 5 most qualified students to continue on to higher education. However, there is no secondary school in Fond Pierre. There are 2 upper level schools from which the students can choose to attend, each approximately 30 miles away from Fond Pierre, and one which involves a ferry ride across a lake. St. Patrick's parishioners provide the financial support to continue the schooling for the students.
We also ask you to continue to hold the people of Fond Pierre in your prayers, as they do for us, and for improvement of the conditions in the country of Haiti. We thank you always for your continued care and support. It is so good to know that you value the promise we made together so long ago and share your gifts as Jesus would do.
Where is Fond Pierre?
Haiti is located 700 miles southeast of Miami, just 100 minutes air travel time, occupying the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is only 60 miles from Cuba.
Our twin parish covers a significant amount of space around the Lake Peligre district in the Centre Department of Haiti , near the border with the Dominican Republic. It is next to the village of Casse, about an hour drive to the cities of smaller cities of Cange and Thomonde, two hours to the larger cities of Hinche and Mirebalais, and about five hours from Port-au-Prince.