Welcoming Archbishop Mesidor to NPH Haiti
Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs - NPH Haiti - received an official visit from Monseigneur Max Leroy Mesidor, the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince.
April 26, 2018 - Haiti
On April 25th, 2018, NPH Haiti gave Archbishop Max Leroy Mesidor a warm welcome to the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™ Haiti programs.
NPH Haiti leaders had the opportunity to meet with him, including Fr. Richard Frechette; Dr. Jacqueline Gautier, National Director for St. Damien Pediatric Hospital; Kenson Kaas, National Director of Childcare, and his assistants Jean Noel Gehy, Jean Francois Seide and Marc-Arthu Osme; Gerard Casimir, Financial Director; Finesse Jean Francois, Manager of the Kay St. Germaine Special Needs Program; and Denso Gay, Communication Manager.
Archbishop Mesidor joined Father Rick and the rest of the team for coffee and a meeting, where more than two hours were passed sharing the history of NPH – from Father Wasson taking in the first children in Mexico, to the organization's growth into nine countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Kenson Kaas shared his personal story with the Archbishop, from growing up in our very own home in St. Helen at Kenscoff, to eventually becoming its Director. He discussed the home’s future objectives, challenges we face, and daily successes to which we are blessed to witness and contribute.
In closing, Dr. Gautier told the story of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, one of the best Pediatric Hospitals in Haiti, and its growth from the early days, when it began in 1989 as the Father Wasson Medical Center Hospice in Petionville. She described its progress since the center’s move to Tabarre in 2006, highlighting the emergency care unit, outpatient clinic, ICU, maternity ward, and oncology program.
Fr. Rick continued the day with a tour of the St. Luke Foundation, NPH's partnering organization, where the Archbishop saw the St. Luke Family Hospital, and then all continued on to The Passionist Residence for a brief history of the story and mission of the Passionists.
At the end of the visit, we all shared our gratitude with Archbishop “Archevêque” Max Leroy Mesidor for his time and his enthusiasm for the larger Catholic mission, doing good for the young men and women in this country, and opening the door to always return and visit our NPH Haiti Family.