Giving Grace

Fr. Carl Jean (LCS '02) poses the question, "How many of you have a mother?" during his homily on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at LCS. Fr. Carl spoke on Mary's role as Mother and her preservation from sin.

Students, staff, faculty and Volunteers gathered Monday in observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. 

The Louverture Cleary Spiritual Committee spent the last week in preparation for the Mass and in preparing the student body for the occasion. Principal Marjorie Mombrun (LCS '07) noted,  
All-school Masses are a wonderful opportunity at LCS. They help the studentsto understand the Gospel and how to live as brothers and sisters. Also to recognize God blessing for their free education.

The celebration of the Immaculate Conception is necessary to give them more information about Mary as the Mother of God, and as our mother.
The LCS Spiritual Commitee participate in preparing for Mass by making a Sketch about Conception of Mary according to the history. By that students could have more information about Feast of Immaculate comception of Mary which they could increase their knowledge. 

A Fruitful Encounter


Left: Salesforce.com volunteers, Kim, Heidi, Leah and Stephane during their visit to LCS in November. Right: Assoc Director of Development, Mikhaila Moynihan at work with Salesforce in Providence.

THP continues to make new friends from Salesforce.com. A volunteer group from the San Francisco-based company visited LCS earlier this month during a trip to assist organizations in Haiti which have benefited from in-kind support from Salesforce.

Their CRM platform had been on THP's radar for some time, but Salesforce came particularly to our attention after a serendipitous hallway meeting in January 2013 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Marc Benioff, Chairman/CEO/Founder of Salesforce, and Brian Moynihan, Deacon Patrick Moynihan’s brother and Trustee of the Project, met and discovered that Haiti was of interest to them both: Marc and Saleforce had been supporting Haiti following 2010 earthquake; Brian had been involved in the Project for over 20 years and was one of THP's early board members.

The connection led to a first visit from a group of Salesforce volunteers in April 2013. In addition to touring the campus, the team met with Deacon Moynihan and THP alumnus, Dr. Theony DeshommesTheir trip precipitated additional interest and financial support for the Project, and the more recent visit in November 2014.
In recent months, THP has taken advantage of Salesforce's very generous non-profit pack and pro-bono support, transitioning to the Salesforce platform with great success.
THP is very thankful for the support of Marc and the Salesforce Foundation for providing us with the inputs we need.  And we in turn provide the same to Haiti: civic-minded, service-oriented graduates committed to building a brighter future for Haiti from within.  We are happy to have yet another partner in producing Haiti’s future leaders.

Home Support


Left: THP Board Member Steve Holmes, Megan Callahan and family, and Fr. Mike Biewend celebrate the dedication of a display commemorating the Madeleine Parish's 15 years of supporting The Haitian Project and its LCS. Right: St. Bernard's Parishioners and Providence-area volunteers help to stuff THP's quarterly newsletter. Pat Newell and Gerry Grabowski have helped to mail many editions of Haitian Project News over the years.

Preaching at St. Bernard Catholic Church in North Kingstown, RI this weekend, Deacon Moynihan noted, "As a missionary, I assure you that it is the strength of home community that really counts. You cannot go far or do much for others without the support of those at home behind you."
THP is blessed to have the support of many individuals, parishes and schools across the U.S. The community at St. Bernard's has supported THP for 15 years through second collections, events and visits from parishioners.

The Madeleine Parish is another 15-year supporter of the Project. This weekend, the Portland, OR community dedicated and blessed a display in the parish hall, commemorating the parish's support of the The Haitian Project and its Louverture Cleary School with a photograph and Haitian artwork.
THP Board Member and long-time Madeleine Parishioner, Steve Holmes noted, "The display will be both a reminder and celebration of the history of the parish's support of The Haitian Project and a call to continue The Madeleine's tradition of giving back to the community through its numerous outreach activities."

For more information on how to involve your parish with The Haitian Project, contact Kaitlyn Guzik at development@haitianproject.org or call 401-351-3624.

THP on the Air

THP President, Deacon Patrick Moynihan served as a special guest on last week's edition of "Word to Life" on SiriusXM's The Catholic Channel. Word to Life is hosted by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph. Listen to an online recording of the broadcast.

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