First 2, Then 3

Top: (From left) THP President, Deacon Patrick Moynihan, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, D.D. and Fr. Jeremy Rodrigues, S.T.L. at Providence College’s RCIA Mass on Sunday, April 27; Bishop Tobin Confirms Timothy Moynihan as Jimi Grondin (THP Volunteer ’01-’02) serves as his sponsor, followed by Marianna Moynihan with her sponsor, Emily Marquet (THP Volunteer ’11-’13).

Bottom: In-Country Coordinator of Community Development, Amanda Gaal, receives the sacrament of Confirmation, and Director of Community Outreach, Christina Moynihan, serves as her sponsor; THP’s Confirmands and their sponsors: (clockwise from back left) Christina Moynihan, Jimi Grondin, Timothy Moynihan, Amanda Gaal, Emily Marquet, and Marianna Moynihan.

Sunday was a great day in the Church.

First, for the universal church, the canonization of two great leaders, John XXIII and John Paul II.

Then, for our community, the admittance to full communion in the Church of Amanda Gaal, veteran Volunteer and current In-Country Coordinator of Community Development, and the Confirmation of my two youngest children, Timmy and Marianna.

This day was celebrated in our home community of Providence, RI at Providence College.  Bishop Tobin was the principal celebrant and PC Chaplain and THP Board Member, Fr. James Cuddy, O.P., served as a concelebrant.  I had the honor of assisting at the Mass.

We (THP) owe a lot to the people of the Diocese of Providence, the Dominican community of Providence College, and to Bishop Tobin, especially. We are so fortunate to be nurtured and guided in our growth and development as a community.  At a certain moment during the Mass, it touched me quite deeply just how fortunate we are to be in such absolutely good company. 




Rise and Shine

Left to Right: Former Volunteer and THP Board Member, Aimée Maier and current Board Member, Jim Reulbach observe a Twazyèm (U.S. 10th grade) class; Marjorie Mombrun, LCS alumna and current principal, and Betsy Bowman, former Volunteer and current Board Member, discuss best practices for providing faculty feedback; Former Volunteer and VP of Community Development, Mary Jo (Scordato) LeGrand, [second from right] accepts a Lenten contribution from Boylan High School in Rockford, IL.

First, Bon Fèt Pak!  Happy Easter.  Jesus is risen. 

Now for the shine part.  This week, we have a visiting team of observers representing our board-level Academic Committee.  Betsy Bowman and Jim Reulbach are current members of the board, Aimée Maier is a former board member currently serving on the Academic Committee.  Betsy and Aimée are also former Volunteers.

Their team, including our principal, Marjorie Mombrun and THP staff, Amanda Gaal and Kaitlyn Guzik, observed over 20 of the professional faculty this week.  Their observations are part of an ongoing process of evaluation and professional development for the LCS faculty.

We appreciate the opportunity to shine and to improve even more. The expertise offered by Jim, Aimée and Betsy is a great gift--one we greatly appreciate. 

Speaking of gifts, Boylan High School in Rockford, IL continued the Lenten tradition of taking up a collection in support of the Project this year.  Local THP representatives, Jimmy Sartino, a long-time friend of THP and teacher at Boylan, and Mary Jo LeGrand, a former Volunteer and VP of Community Development, accepted a check on behalf of the Project at an all-school Mass before Easter. Over the years, thanks largely to the efforts of Jimmy, Boylan has raised over $50,000 on behalf of THP. 



Loyal Support

Left to right: Former THP Volunteer and Bishop Ireton High School (BI) alumna Emily Marquet shared her experience as a BI tripper and THP Volunteer; THP President Deacon Patrick Moynihan and former THP Volunteer and Staff member Jon Kennedy addressed the Bishop Ireton students.

This past week we had a wonderful opportunity to connect with our sister school, Bishop Ireton High School (BI) in Alexandria, VA.  It was great to be present for the "third" generation of presenters, namely former Volunteers Jon Kennedy and Kaitlyn Guzik. Former THP Volunteer Emily Marquet, a second generation presenter, BI alum and past tripper, was also a presenter.  Who started us off in the relationship with BI?  Former Volunteer and THP staffer, Kate Kowalski and former THP Board Member, Sue Williams.  We have been making visits to BI for going on two decades now.  During the visit, I had the chance to meet with Dr. Thomas Curry, Bishop Ireton’s new Head of School. 

It was during my visit in the spring of 2004 that the Winter Ball was conceived--at least in concept. After calculating the cost of a high school formal, members of the BI student group, the Haitian Alliance, decided to hold a non-formal dance to benefit THP and LCS. Students wear borrowed or used formal attire, eat potluck dinners and carpool to the dance, contributing what they would otherwise have spent to The Haitian Project.  This year’s Ball raised nearly $10,000.

I have asked our second and third generation presenters to share their thoughts on the day.

Bishop Ireton and LCS have a special relationship that is rooted in the universal fundamentals of Catholic education. Each time I visit BI I am struck by the overwhelming similarities, rather than the apparent differences, that unite the two school communities. Both are striving to form young leaders, both have a deep-rooted faith, both emphasize service and both live up to a unique charism. Bishop Ireton's charism comes from our patron saint, St. Francis de Sales and is, "Be who you are and be that well." I feel that my time at BI led me directly to becoming a Volunteer for THP and I learned there that by living up to BI's charism, I was also living up to THP's motto, "What you receive for free, you must give for free." (Matthew 10:8) – Emily Marquet, Volunteer 2011-2013

It was wonderful to finally visit Bishop Ireton. The kids were attentive, engaging, and honestly, not too different from their peers at LCS. Speaking to the Bishop Ireton students brought back many wonderful memories of hot days, teaching under the mango trees of LCS. It was a pleasure to once again share the mission and successes of THP/LCS. – Jon Kennedy, Volunteer and staff 2009-2012

Having heard so much about Bishop Ireton and their involvement over the years, it was a real pleasure to visit BI and to meet Cathy Melanson and Mimi Marquet (both of whom have visited LCS and served on THP’s Board of Directors – Mimi is a current board member). Their belief in THP’s mission and Cathy’s work with the students in the Haitian Alliance, including inviting us to campus this time around, are an essential aspect of the Project. – Kaitlyn Guzik, Volunteer and staff 2012-2014



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