One goal of the Province’s Mission Frère-Haiti initiative is to support good works taking place in Haiti wherever possible.
In early November, the Center of Hope Haiti (COHH) held its Annual Gala at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City to raise funds for its mission in Haiti. COHH is a not-for-profit corporation that provides cultural, economic, social, financial and advisory resources to develop and maintain the Center of Hope, an orphanage and school for children in Hinche, Haiti. The orphanage and school is dedicated to fostering livelihood and hope for the future of orphaned children in Haiti by providing shelter, education, nutrition, emotional security, healthcare and life skills to the children and their caregivers. Robert Micera, a graduate of Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ, serves as treasurer for COHH and was one of this year’s gala honorees in recognition of his outstanding volunteer service at COHH. Congratulations, Bob! The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America Province was represented at the gala by Brothers Kevin Griffith (Province Leader) and Peter O’Loughlin (Province Leadership Team). Brother Chris Hall accompanied a contingent of representatives from Bergen Catholic. Following the dinner, the Province made a $300.00 donation to COHH to help with the support of educating orphans.
To see a video of COHH’s work in Haiti, click here.
Also in early November, the Office of Black Ministry (OBM) for the Archdiocese of New York, under the direction of Bro. Tyrone Davis, sponsored its annual Pierre Toussaint Fund Awards Dinner at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. The Pierre Toussaint Scholarship helps fund young men and women in the Archdiocese of New York to participate in activities such as: World Youth Day, an annual spiritual development retreat and a pilgrimage for an annual day of reflection. The fund also helps to provide text books for the Pierre Toussaint Scholars, as well as professional career advisement. Brothers Kevin Griffith, Sean Moffett (Province Leadership Team) and Billy Sherlog (Cardinal Hayes High School and the Christian Brothers Rice NYC Community) attended the dinner in support of Bro. Tyrone’s impactful ministry with OBM and the Pierre Toussaint Scholars. Following the dinner, the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America Province made a donation of $300.00 to the Pierre Toussaint Scholarship Fund. The OBM sponsors College Pierre Toussaint in Sassier, Haiti.
The Sisters of Jesus and Mary in Jean Rabel, Haiti operate ministries that support schools, orphanages and mobile health clinics in the remote area of Northwest Haiti. For the past two years the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America Province and Iona Prep in New Rochelle, NY have coordinated with Iona College to sell art work created by Haitian artisans in Jean Rabel. The art work is on display at the Brother Kenneth Chapman Art Gallery at Iona College and is available for purchase. To date, we have sent nearly $1000.00 from the purchase and sales of the art to the Sisters in Jean Rabel in support of their ministries.
We thank all those who have generously supported our Mission Frère-Haiti initiative, as we continue to seek new and creative ways of responding to the needs of the poor and marginalized in our midst.