Haitian

Outreach to Haiti, Inc.

The Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti continues the important work of helping Haitians help Haitians in the impoverished neighborhood of Christ Roi, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  A new building is under construction, to replace that destroyed by the earthquake.  The new building will again unite all services to improve Haitians' opportunities for access to healthcare, nutrition, educational sponsorship, twinning and hospitality to visitors.  The 30 year old commitment of the Diocesan mission in Haiti continues to be a strong presence to the people of Haiti.

Executive Director:
Ms. Susan Wallace,
E-mail: susan.wallace@outreachtohaiti.org
Phone: 860-800-3604

Development Coordinator:
Marie Farrell
Email:  marie.farrell@outreachtohaiti.org
Phone:  860-800-3603

Administrative Assistant:
Rosanna Carabelas
Email: rosanna@outreachtohaiti.org
Phone:  860-800-3602

Chaplain and Director of Twinning in Haiti:
Reverend Francis Rouleau
Email: frank.rouleau@outreachtohaiti.org     
Phone:860-800-3601

Address:
815 Boswell Avenue
Norwich, CT 06360
E-mail: info@outreachtohaiti.org
Phone: 860-800-3601

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God Does Not Give Up on Us . . .
. . . We Should Not Give Up on Each Other! Throughout my life, I have been thankful that God has not given up on me, or anyone else. He has taught me that we should not give up on each other, particularly when our brothers’ and sisters’ needs are at their greatest. This is important to remember, especially right now, as Haiti is at the forefront of U.S. International news because of a frightening surge in violence and increasing gang activity due to the assassination of their sitting President on July 7, 2021, and the subsequent lack of a legitimate govern...

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Ride to Rebuild 2023 Visits St. Patrick School Students in Norwich
  FCC News Desk A small team from Outreach to Haiti is taking part in a five-day, 337-mile bike ride started Monday, Sept. 25, and its purpose is to raise awareness and funds to support the diocesan mission in Haiti. On the morning of Sept. 28, the riders visited the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich and were greeted by students from St. Patrick Cathedral School. Joining them were the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich, and Outreach to Haiti Executive Director Susan Wallace. A pictorial diary of the 2023 bike ride can be found HERE. ...

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Patroness of Haiti
“Make her known throughout the world” The month of May is devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary, who is honored under many titles including Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Mary holds a special place in the hearts of Haitians and is honored by the people of Haiti and our local Haitian population under the name Notre-Dame du Perpètuel Secours. Many Catholic Churches throughout the United States, including the Catholic Church in Quaker Hill (part of Divine Mercy Parish), also honor our Blessed Mother under this title and contain the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help...

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The True Sense of Life
I am Sherley Saintervé, a young woman and medical doctor who is 31 years old. As I have matured and faced the challenges that come with living on this earth, I have learned “the urgent necessity to refocus my life on Jesus.” Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, I grew up in the Tabarre Section and lived with my mother Jeanne, my father Syrhilhomme and my two little sisters, Monica and Shlaydine. Growing up, we didn’t have much money because there are limited opportunities in Haiti due in part to earthquakes, hurricanes, tropical storms and political unrest. M...

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Haiti, Women, hope
Education in Haiti a Key to the Future
At any given time, in any country around the world, young people represent the future of their individual countries. Because the young people of today will step into the leadership roles of tomorrow it is imperative for them to receive a good education. This is especially true for the country of Haiti whose government and citizens recognize the value of education, but they don’t have the  resources to fund public education for all. The Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti knows only too well that Haitian parents, like all  parents, want their children to ...

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Outreach to Haiti Bike Ride to Rebuild Features a Memorable Accomplishment
A little last-minute detour to route around a closed bridge in Norwich on Oct. 13 didn't deter Jim Hubert and fellow cyclists Steven Cuddy, Ron Paine and Tom Campbell, who stopped at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick as part of the Outreach to Haiti 8th Annual Bike Ride to Rebuild. After two years of staying within Connecticut due to COVID precautions, the riders resumed their New England tour approach, starting in Maine and working their way down to Connecticut, with the 337 mile ride taking them into all of the New England states except Vermont. Starting on Monday,...

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'Faith, Hope and Love'
In his First Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul shared, “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) If we stop and think about it, through our faith we come to know God and His great love for us. Through this gift of love, we are able to love God, ourselves and others.  It is the gift of love that inspired lay Catholics in the Diocese of Norwich to visit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in the early 1980s and compelled them and the Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich to establish a mission there. It is love...

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Christ’s Love is ‘Not for Ourselves Alone’
I often think how wonderful it is that God loves me and how awesome it is that He loves all of us. This recently came to mind when I was visiting the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website and learned in the celebration of Mass, “we receive grace that enables us to imitate the love that Christ shows us.”  This love should extend to all, especially the most vulnerable. Friends, supporters, board members and staff of the Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti (OTH) experience this love firsthand. For four decades our ministry has worked...

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Moments of Hope in Haiti
When asked many years ago what the scriptures say about hope the late Maurice Blumberg shared the following in one of a series of articles he wrote for Catholic Exchange. “Hope is faith directed to the future. It’s faith acting on and trusting in the promises God has made. It’s hope that moves us to say “Yes ”to God, and it’s hope that gives meaning to our trials...” Hopefully, we take these words to heart as we journey through life and walk with our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We know this is true for all who help...

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Deacons Shift from 'Build A House' to 'Give A Goat'
The word “deacon” is derived from “diakonia'', a Greek word which means “to serve”. Deacons are members of the clergy along with priests and bishops.  The deacon’s ministry has three dimensions: liturgy, word and service. Deacons are ordained as a sacramental sign to the Church and to the world of Christ,who came "to serve and not to be served." This column will focus on the service of the Deacons in the Diocese of Norwich. The Norwich Diocese Diaconate community has a history of donating a house to a needy ...

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