Progress has been slow but steady, Archbishop Guire Poulard

Progress has been slow but steady, Archbishop Guire Poulard

Here is Archbishop Guire Poulard of Port-au-Prince

The Archbishop Guire Poulard of Port-au-Prince has expressed his satisfaction over the building of a transitional cathedral next to the historical Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral and viewed the effort as a major accomplishment. The cathedral was built between 1884 and 1914; it was dedicated on 13 December, 1928, and became the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince till it was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. It has been rebuilt as one 1,500-seat transitional cathedral and dedicated in November 2014 when the ceremony was attended by church leaders from the U.S. and other places. Poulard has admitted that after serving as the bishop in the Jacmel and Les Cayes dioceses for a total of 23 years, his appointment as the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince was a big responsibility that he undertook on Jan. 12, 2011, exactly one year after the earthquake. The Port-au-Prince Archdiocese continues to rebuild its ministries since the country's 2010 earthquake.

While meeting the representatives of the Catholic News Service on March 10, 2015, Poulard has told that the Port-au-Prince archdiocese is presently working with over 60 active projects, most of which are of the pastoral in nature. Thirty new parishes have been formed, the new ministries have emphasized on the greater involvement and support for religious congregations serving rural and urban communities. With the assistance coming from Haitian Catholics, the Haitian Diaspora and some international partners in pastoral efforts and some reconstruction projects, the progress has remained slow but the working is going at a steady pace. Haitian churchgoers and diaspora, both are determined to rebuild the church and their country. PROCHE has undertaken some other rebuilding works related to church- reconstruction projects, in addition to those undertaken by the Port-au-Prince archdiocese. PROCHE is a partnership of the dioceses of Haiti, with the Catholic Church and numerous institutions and individuals in Haiti and throughout the world under the patronage of Conference Episcopale d'Haiti (CEH).

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