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.
Here is a picture of Mgr. Patrick Aris, spokesman for the Episcopal Conference
The design of the reconstructed new Cathedral of Port-au-Prince has been submitted in the last week of December. The Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, responsible for the reconstruction has said that the construction work of a transitional church, on the space of the former Cathedral of street Docteur Aubry is underway. According to Mgr Patrick Aris, Vicar and Chancellor of the Archdiocese, the transitional church will be used throughout the reconstruction period so that the Bishop can continue to celebrate the religious services in place of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Cathedral of Street Docteur Aubry was destroyed by a fire in 1991. The design for the new cathedral was chosen following a competition organized by the University Of Miami School Of Architecture, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince and Faith and Form Magazine; 250 architects from around the world presented 134 project designs in the last year (2014). At a cost of $1 million, the new church will have 2,000 seats and it is expected to be completed in 9 months.
Here is a picture of Sister Dona. She was found innocent after 42 months in prison.
On December 17, 2015, Dieudonne Pierre Bélizaire, better known as Sister Dona, founder of the orphanage of 'Sisters Redemptive of Nazareth", has been cleared of kidnapping charges in a criminal court in Port-au-Prince, and was released immediately. Sister Dona was in the Civil Prison of Petion-ville since 21 June 2012 in connection with the kidnapping of a child named 'Raphaël Chenet' from her orphanage, a crime which she vehemently denied from the beginning. During the crime, as per report, she was not even in Haiti. As per Kenscoff Peace Court records, Djimmy Mémé, one employee of the orphanage, had confessed the crime on July 18, 2011; he took $2,000 from a couple (Péguy Blanc and Christine) who wanted to adopt Raphaël Chenet. Djimmy picked up the child from the orphanage and handed the child to Péguy Blanc. Most of these facts were confirmed by Djimmy's cell phone records and were noted in the Registry records of the Kenscoff Peace Court. However, Djimmy Mémé, the main criminal of the crime despite his confessions and facts, was released by the Substitute Commissioner of the Government, Rodriguez for unknown reasons.
Here is a picture of the cross carrying on God Friday in the streets of Little Haiti in Miami, April, 2015.
The Christian holiday Easter is celebrated with such wonderful rich traditions around the globe, it's fascinating to learn how different Easter traditions can be in different countries (or even within the same country!). In Bermuda, it started when a local teacher from British Army experienced difficulty in explaining Christ's ascension to Heaven. Bermudians celebrate Good Friday by flying home-made kites, eating codfish cakes, and eating hot cross buns. Norwegians celebrate the season through "Easter-Crime" or Paaskekrim. They read crime stories or watch the televised crime detective series on national television. In parts of Northwestern Europe, people lit large bonfires, called Easter Fires. They believe Easter is a time when spring becomes victorious over the winter and the fires were to chase the darkness of winter away. In Sweden, Easter is celebrated with meals of eggs, herring, and Jansson's Temptation (potato, onion and pickled sardines baked in cream). The inhabitants of the Greek island of Corfu, throw clay pots out of their windows.
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).
Archevèque métropolitain du Cap-Haïtien, Mgr Max Leroy Mésidor
Mgr. Mesidor Vows Fealty to Haiti
Pope Benedict XV appointed Mgr. Mesidor Diocesan Bishop of Fort-Liberté. Mgr. Mesidor took an oath of fealty to the Holy See Concordat, Article 5.
Mesidor vowed ". . . to keep respect and loyalty to the Constitution of Haiti . . . for the . . . common good . . . and defense of the interests of the Nation"
Martelly said to Mesidor, ". . . you face a difficult challenge . . ." but ". . . (we will) struggle for the soul of Haiti . . ."
Cardinal Chibly Langlois to celebrate Mass in Little Haiti, home to the largest Haitian community in U.S.
Mass in Little Haiti, Miami this year was a special service for all those who attended the November 23 event in what is the largest concentration of Haitians in the United States. This special service was made so by the presence of Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois, the Diocese of Les Cayes, Haiti. The yellow T-shirt-clad parishioners came out en masse to see Haiti's first cardinal, the youngest appointed in his batch earlier this year, and the only one not already an archbishop, a title he was honored with shortly after.
Pastor Yves Similien of First Haitian Christian Church of Fort Pierce accused of raping 10 year old before delivering Sunday sermon
Here is a man who has been trusted to be a spiritual leader in the Haitian community but instead was using his privileges and the trust installed in him by his followers to exploit young innocent children. cbs12.com has reported that 57-year-old Haitian Pastor Yves Similien of First Haitian Christian Church is now spending time at the St Lucie County Jail for allegedly forcing a 10 year-old to have sex before delivering Sunday sermon.
The 57-year-old Florida Pastor Yves Similien, is currently in police custody in allegation of preying on a 10-year-old girl and forced her to perform sex acts before his sermons. As per police sources, the girl has reported that, Pastor threatened to kill both that girl and her mother, if she ever discloses his misconduct to anyone. The girl has waited almost two years before reporting the incident to the police. The former church of Pastor Yves Similien was on north 9th street in Fort Pierce. Pastor Todd Smith from the Senior Pastor Common Ground Vineyard Church, where the girl used to worship, has said, "I'm saddened and shocked. It certainly is something we hate to see." Pastor Similien has admitted that he knew the girl, but denied all wrongdoing. Presently, He is being held at the St Lucie County Jail without any bond.
located in the North of Little Haiti Miami, Florida, Haitian Emmanuel Baptist Church was established in 1973 by Rev. Wilner Maxy. He has been pastor to this Community Church since and became a leader in community involvement. Pastor Maxy believes in working to magnify God through worship and service.
Emmanuel Haitian Baptist Church cares for the spiritual needs of the community as well as its current physical needs. It does its part by providing a variety of outreach services for the elderly and children in the community.
The church has been involved in charitable work in the Haitian community in Miami and also in Haiti with food, clothing and education for the community.
The Church is currently working on an ambitious plan to build a multipurpose center that will serve parishioners and the local community to promote growth through educational, social, economic, health and wellness services to children, youth, adult and senior citizens. The services include: daycare, art, theater, education, tutoring and daily living survival tool
Eglise Baptiste Haitienne Emmanuel
7321 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33138