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Haiti Partnership

Purpose

  • To make a prayerful connection with the parishioners of St. Martha Saint Martha in Marmalade, Haiti.
  • To provide support to our partner parish of St. Martha as they continue to rebuild from the devistating earthquake in 2010.

History

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has had a relationship with the Diocese of Gonaives for over a decade. Following several trips to Haiti, Cardinal Keeler designated Gonaives as a partner diocese of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1997. He charged Msgr. Galeone, then Director of the Missions Office (then Office of the Propagation of the Faith), to develop programs likely to strengthen the relationship between the two dioceses.

In 2001, Deacon Rodrigue Mortel, M.D. was named Director of the Missions Office. One of his priorities was to develop and expand the Baltimore/Gonaives Haiti Project. The Outreach project began with the building of the school, The Good Samaritans by the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation. A trade school was also built to provide a variety of vocational skills to young men and women. In addition, a literacy school serves adults of both sexes in a three year program. Furthermore, a partnership program provides opportunities to Baltimore parishes to join partner parishes in the Diocese of Gonaives and assist them in their feeding program and their projects of education and evangelization.

It's through the building of close relationships between the parishes of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Gonaives, Haiti that the Outreach project hopes to accomplish its mission of support and education.

Prayer to St. Martha

Holy St. Martha,
   eager and willing to serve,
be with me as I too seek
   to do that which pleases our Lord.
Help me to balance my activity and work
   with a prayerful and listening heart.
May I, like you, rush to meet Jesus
   whenever I hear him approach me
   in the sick, the poor and the downcast.
Inspire my charity and service to be fruitful and
   humble.
May I see Jesus
   in the faces of all those I am called to serve,
   and realize that whatever I do for one of them,
   I am doing for Christ himself.
Through a life of generous service,
   may I too say to Jesus:
   "Yes, Lord, I have come to believe
   that you are the Messiah, the Son of God..."

Lord,

   through the intercession of Saint Martha
we ask you to watch over the pastor
   and the dear people of our sister parish
   of Saint Martha in Marmalade, Haiti.
Keep them safe
   provide for their needs
   and fill them with Your Goodness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.