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Haiti Ministry

St. Michael and All Angels Church in Mission has been involved with St. Paul’s Parish and the community in Torbeck, Haiti, since 1984. The ministry was established after being identified by the bishop of Haiti as “the poorest region of Haiti.”

Torbeck is located on the southern peninsula of Haiti, approximately five miles south of the city of Les Cayes. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is just a one-hour plane ride from Miami.

The focuses of the Haiti Ministry are:

  1. Education of students
  2. Health and environment improvement, and
  3. Community relationship building.

Education of students at St. Paul’s School is the priority and takes the majority of all contributions to the ministry. The school has grown from a one-room shanty to a three-building complex of more than 500 students in preschool through high school, with a staff of 30 adults.

Health and environmental issues such as clean solar energy, safe drinking water, and girls and boys health also are concerns addressed by our ministry.

Likewise, maintaining our relationship with the community of Torbeck and St. Paul’s parishioners is also a rewarding component of our ministry.

Mission Trips

Usually, an average of two mission trips per year take place place for adults and youth, but this hasn’t been able to take place since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mission trips focus on building relationship with the teachers and students, doing work and fun projects together, and providing teacher and health education. Trips generally consist of 8-12 people, last 5-10 days, and cost around $1,500-$2,000 per person. Primary accommodations are in an Episcopal college near Torbeck that has safe food and water, private baths with hot showers, and air conditioning.

Outdoor Pavilion

For years, the Haiti Ministry has dreamed of a covered structure on the school grounds large enough to be a multi-purpose facility for the gathering of school, church and community members. Talented architect Bob Carlson has provided plans for this hurricane/earthquake resistant structure. Haitian laborers will be paid to build it under the supervision of our outstanding new priest, Father Fred Menelas.

In the near future, information will be provided on how you can honor or remember a loved one by contributing to the pavilion project. There will be ways to purchase a bench or table for the pavilion; or to help purchase solar related supplies to provide electricity to the structure.

Father Fred

We are excited to have been appointed a new priest for the parish of St. Paul’s in Torbeck, Haiti. Father Fred is a young Haitian man with a wife and children. He was partially educated in the USA, so his English is great!! He was raised in an Episcopal family, where he father was a lay reader. He attended seminary in Haiti and graduated with a MA degree in biblical studies at General Theological Seminary in NYC. He was ordained in 2010. He has served 5 different parish locations within Haiti before coming to Torbeck in August 2021. “I feel so blessed to be a priest,” he writes to us.

Questions or what more information? Contact: Gary Welker, gewelker@gmail.com

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