Church of St. Pierre in Baradères, Haiti

St. Pierre parish, Baradères, Haiti — sister parish of St. John the Baptist Catholic Community, Silver Spring, Md. 

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Fr. BrunacheFr. Brunache's Visit

Father Pierre-Michel Brunache, pastor of St. Pierre's, visited St. John's on September 21-28, 2004. He brought great news about the academic achievements of the students in St. Pierre's Collège St. Jean Baptiste in Baradères. All the school's 9th graders passed the national exams for the third year in a row. Three placed in the top 10% nationally.

While here, Fr. Brunache met with the sister parish committee and the parish team traveling to Haiti in January 2005. He and the team agreed that the main activities of the trip will be—

  • To conduct medical clinics for parish schoolchildren and families in Baradères.
  • To finalize a planned agreement with the region's only real hospital to provide surgery for some patients referred by the sisters who staff and operate the small public clinic in Baradères, and
  • To train high school students in how to identify and address routine medical problems that commonly go undiagnosed and untreated in Baradères.

During Fr. Brunache's visit, he also—

  • Met with SJB elementary school students who asked him many questions about Baradères. (He was happy to report to them that while Baradères did get much from September's hurricanes, the area was spared the extensive devastation wreaked upon the northern part of the country.
  • Visited with the youth in SJB's FOCUS group.
  • Spoke at all the weekend Masses. His homily was a stirring message of gratitude and encouragement and a reminder that what we have to offer is more than silver and gold—it is the love of Christ found inside each of us, which leads us to share what we have with those who are less fortunate.
  • Celebrated, on Sunday, September 26, the 11th anniversary of his ordination.

Fr. Brunache expressed his heartfelt thanks for the warm hospitality and continued generosity of SJB parishioners and school children. He packed a very large suitcase with as much of the donated school supplies as he could carry. The rest of the supplies will be shipped.

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