During the Festival de Sainte-Croix last Sunday, 5 priests, including my priest, Pere Kerawin, were named archdeacons of different regions of the Diocese of Haiti.
Sainte-Croix used this day as a goal for fundraising. They had been promised many things by many groups after the earthquake that destroyed their school and church, but these promised donations have not come through. They desperately want a church and have been holding fundraisers and a special collection every week for the rebuilding fund. Their goal for the festival was to raise about $11,000 USD to start the construction. They exceeded that goal by a few hundred dollars and were very proud to lay the first stone of the new construction!
Bishop Duracin during the Festival de Sainte-Croix
This week was the festival at an Episcopal church a few towns over. I went with students from the school, it was a lovely service full of music and dancing. Right before communion, they have representatives from the congregation dance forward goods from the field, to give thanks for the goodness of the earth. I was especially impressed with the woman that danced with the live chicken on her head and the man who had the honor of dancing with the goat on a leash!
During the priests stay at the school two weeks ago, there was plenty of work to do in the kitchen and most of the staff got recruited. It was great bonding time and also a great introduction to Haitian cooking! Here, Alex demonstrates effective juicing techniques. I must have juiced close to 200 citrus fruits in those 4 days!