An American deacon in Haiti: outhouses, basins and a baptism in Creole

The Deacon's Bench | 7/5/2018 | Staff (Posted by) Level 4
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Here’s a glimpse at how some deacons serve. Deacon Mike Whitters shares some of his experience ministering in Haiti as part of his parish’s “Twinning Program.” This appeared in The Witness, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Dubuque:

As part of the sister parish program of the Catholic Church, we have been serving in Haiti at our sister parish of Our Lady of Assumption in the region of Anse Rouge.

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[My wife] Pam actually attended the first sister parish visit to Anse Rouge in 2005 along with five other parishioners and Father Beckman from our Holy Family Cluster. The church proper was built of cement walls and a metal roof with no running water, so the team members used the outhouses and washed in basins.

Theresa Patterson, the director of the Parish Twinning Program, accompanied us and said it was the poorest parish she had ever seen with subsistent living conditions. Anse Rouge is in a very dry portion of Haiti, so the vegetation is cactus and bramble and the main industry is mining salt from the ocean.

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The city of Anse Rouge has no running water, and electricity comes over the mountains for one or two hours a day to those who can afford it, of which most can’t. The houses in the city are built from blocks of cement and leftover tin, while the...
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