On July 16, 2018, the Holy Father Pope Francis appointed Mgr. Launay Saturné as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Cap-Haïtian. He will replace Monsignor Max Leroy Mesidor. Mgr. Saturné was the President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti CEH and Bishop of the Diocese of Jacmel. He made a reputation for being outspoken. He recently denounced the living conditions of Haitians and some decisions of the current Government.
On July 16, 2018, Monsignor Launay Saturne, 54, was appointed as the Bishop of Jacmel, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cap-Haitien (Haiti). Monsignor Eugene Martin Nugent, the Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti confirmed that the Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Launay Saturné (President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti CEH and Bishop of the Diocese of Jacmel), as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Cap-Haitien. He replaced Monsignor Max Leroy Mesidor, enthroned Archbishop of Port-au-Prince in last January. The new appointment came amid a tensed situation between President Moïse and the CEH. Monsignor Saturne was never a choice of President Moïse because of his outspoken nature.
Launay Saturné was born on January 14, 1964 in Delatte (Petit-Goâve) in the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince. He became ordained priest on March 10, 1991 for the archdiocese of Port-au-Prince. Then he took the responsibility of Vicar of the Sacred Heart parish of Turgeau, at Port-au-Prince (1991-1997), and Director of the Propedeutique [foundation course for first-year University students] House at Jacquet, for the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince. From 1998 to 2003 he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, obtaining a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology (Ecclesiology). The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI named him as the Bishop of Jacmel in April 2010. Since November 2017, he is the President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti.
On April 28, 2012 when he was named Bishop of Jacmel by Pope Benedict XVI, he said, "the construction of physical buildings is not enough; we must rebuild the Haitian people." He called on the government of Haiti to develop vocational training programs, and to make public education available to all young people. He criticized the task of the Provisional Electoral Council that brought Martelly into power.
Pope Francis has named a new envoy to Haiti. Archbishop Eugene Martin Nugent as papal nuncio to Haiti. The Vatican announced the appointment on Saturday.
Pope Francis has selected Archbishop Eugene Martin Nugent as the 'Papal Nuncio' to Haiti as the new envoy to perform the significant works that remain undone to rebuild the nation five years after the devastating earthquake. A 'Papal Nuncio' (officially known as an Apostolic Nuncio) is the head of a diplomatic mission, a permanent representative, generally equals the ecclesiastical rank or an ambassador extraordinary with the full power of independent action on behalf of the Church. Earlier, on 13 February 2010, Nugent had been appointed as the Church's Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar and Apostolic Delegate to the nearby Comoros Islands , and on 11 March 2010, he was named also as the Apostolic Delegate to Mauritius and Seychelles. Nugent was born in Gurtaderra Scariff County Clare, Ireland on 21 October 1958.
Here is a picture of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori during a visit in the city of Cap-Haitian, Haiti
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori (born March 26, 1954, in Pensacola, Florida) recently visited Cap-Haitien on December 18, 2014. She became the first primate ever to visit northern Haiti. She is the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States and the first woman elected as a primate in the Anglican Communion. This trip of her to Haiti was followed by a three day trip to the Dominican Republic, where she has learned about the inhuman effort of the Dominican authority to strip rights of citizenships and basic amenities to people of Haitian descent. She has explained the reason of her visit to Haiti in a clear way, "When the country is in trouble and the government asks us for help, it is our task, a part of our ministry, to bring the people together. Together, we can decide to use our voices and actions to change the world's bad news... ,". This trip between Dec. 13-15, is her sixth trip in Haiti since 2008. She has shown how little it takes to please people who have very little, in terms of our 'worldly goods'.
Here is a picture of the new Bishop of Fort-Liberté, Mgrs Quesner Alphonse who is meeting President Michel Martelly at the National Palace
On Saturday, 25 October, 2014 Pope Francis appointed Monseigneur Alphonse Quesnel, the SMM of the Province of Haiti, as the ordinary of the Diocese of Fort-Liberté. Fort-Liberté is a commune and the administrative capital of the North-East Department, Haiti, under the French rule it was known as Fort-Royal and Fort Dauphin, it is very near to the border of the Dominican Republic with a population of about 371,000 Roman Catholics and served by a presbytery of 48 priests and 68 religious. Monseigneur Alphonse Quesnel had been serving as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince since December 2012. After completing his probationary period in 1972, he started his profession as Montfort missionary. In July 16, 1977, he was ordained a priest on the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel. Bishop Quesnel is known throughout the congregation for his contribution in the work of formation and as a parish priest.
Here is a picture of Haitian Bishop Francois-Wolff Ligonde.
He was the one who presided over the lavish wedding of former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier and and Michele Bennett. He was viewed by many political analysts as an ardent supporter of the Duvalier regime who was accused for many Human Right abuse.
It was reported that Francois-Wolff Ligonde was also the uncle of Michele Bennett.
François-Wolff Ligondé was born on January 17, 1928 in the city of Les cayes.
Here is a picture of the body of Joseph Mio Body, Archbishop Of Port-au-Prince, rescued from the Cathedral of Port-au-Prince.
center was at 15 miles of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The exact epicenter of he earthquake was located at: 18.443 N, 72.571 West
The exact epicenter of the Earthquake in Haiti was located at: 18.443 North, 72.571 W
Here is a picture of the body of Joseph Mio, Archbishop Of Port-au-Prince, after he was barried in the Cathedral rubbles following the Haiti earthquake of 2010.
Tones of aid were delivered to the victims, immediately following the quake. close to three millions people did not have food and water
Here is a picture of Joseph Mio, Archbishop Of Port-au-Prince before he passed away in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The religious community was affected by the earthquake as well.
Immediately following the earthquake, the Haitian governmentestimated that between 100,000 and 270,000 people are likely to be dead as a result