The Source and Summit

Fr. Clouvice Hillaire celebrates Mass in honor of the new academic year at LCS.

The Administration at LCS was pleased to welcome local parish priest Fr. Clouvice Hillaire to campus this Tuesday to celebrate an all-school Mass in honor of the new academic year. It was Fr. Hillaire's first visit to LCS.

Katryèm (U.S. 9th grade) students Kerry Jean Louis and Maurice Romain were impressed by Fr. Hillaire's homily. Here is what they took away from the morning's service:

Kerry: Fr. Hillaire told us that we must pray always, even while we study. And that we must take our studies seriously because it will be good for everyone. He thanked the members of the Direction [school administration] for helping us to practice English and Spanish, as we did during the Mass. He said that if we practice these languages, we can have good economic and political relationships with countries that speak English and Spanish.
Romain: Yes, he said that when we learn English and Spanish, it will make it easier for us to find work. If we work hard at it now, we can become good, serious men and women. Because God gave us our reason and our judgement, we have to use them, no matter what we are doing - studying, working, anything! 
Kerry: He really encouraged us to work and not to fight, but to...strive! That is a good word. He told us to strive for what we want.

Left:Fr. Clouvice Hillaire celebrates the Blessed Sacrament at Tuesday's all-school Mass. Middle: The LCS choir, led by Principal Marjorie Mombrun (LCS '07), sings an offeratory hymn. Right: The children in Koukouy Sen Kler early-childhood development program receive a blessing.

Supporting from the Bottom Up


Left: Buckets of sand and aggregate stand ready for mixing before the pour. Middle: Students and Volunteers pass buckets of concrete to the pour site. Right: Students and staff stand ready at the site of the wall in the Office of Community Outreach.

 In accordance with THP's Charism, we always seek to support from the bottom up. In a work project, this often means doing what we can to ease the burden on the person with the toughest job. That dubious honor is hard to assign to just one person in a project as complicated and physcially taxing as a beton (concrete) wall pour. The team at the mixer is repeatedly lifting heavy buckets of rocks, water and sand. In the pit, workers unload heavy wheelbarrows of concrete while others stoop to lift out buckets of cement and rocks so they can be passed up the stairs. At the wall itself, buckets are hoisted up to be poured into the form.

Last week, students, staff and Volunteers completed the final wall pour on the second floor of Agora, a major benchmark in the seismic renovationof the classrooms and administrative offices in the largest building on the LCS campus. 
Here are a few words from two Philo (U.S. senior +1) students and veteran beton participants, Kérine and Aminaï: 
"In a beton project, you need people to pull water from the basin, prepare the gravel, sand and cement. From there, it goes to the pit, and from there many people pass it up to the wall. I have done a lot of these over the years, and I can tell you that they have given me a better life at LCS. After the earthquake in 2010, we could not use all of our dormitories and classrooms. I am proud to have replaced what the natural disaster detroyed."
-Kérine St. Louis

"I have also done too many beton projects to count. But since I came to Louverture Cleary, I have done at least four walls. Beton projects are a good way to help us become good workers. When you are doing beton, it is so important that everyone does their job. There are always people to encourage us to keep going and to do the job right."
-Aminaï Barthelus

Left: Deacon Patrick Moynihan passes concrete to the bucket line from the pit at the foot of Agora. Right: Philo students prepare cement to be mixed.

Preparing the Way

 Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP/Head of LCS (pictured right) on the start of the new year

Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP/Head of LCS (pictured right) on the start of the new year: The school preparation over the summer was stellar. Hats off to Esther, Marjorie, Kristin, Kaitlyn, Polidor, Obed, Cyrené and Ketty. It was great to get my hands around a shovel and dig into the year.

Wheelbarrows, shovels, brooms and cribs (sifter) stand ready for incinerator and compost duty. Marielle Lapres, Dean of Academics [left] and Marjorie Mombrun, Principal [right] at work in the Direction (LCS Administrative offices).

Left: Wheelbarrows, shovels, brooms and cribs (sifter) stand ready for incinerator and compost duty. Right: Marielle Lapres, Dean of Academics [left] and Marjorie Mombrun, Principal [right] at work in the Direction (LCS Administrative offices).

Deacon Patrick Moynihan, THP President and Head of LCS, commonly stresses a simple, yet often overlooked truth, that every work project has three parts - the preparation, the execution, and the clean-up. A French proverb, written on the wall of the maintenance depot (pictured above left), reminds us that, "Work without method is a blind horse." For the staff and Volunteers at LCS, the academic year is, in many ways, one large work project, requiring an exeptional amount of preparation.

Esther Paul, THP's Director of Operations - Haiti, is the primary conductor of this process, overseeing the acquisition of books, food, cleaning supplies, and even staff. Marjorie Mombrun, LCS Principal along with Assistant Principal Obed Gilles ('09) and Dean of Students Kristin Soukup (second-year Volunteer) and the other members of the Academic administration arranged class schedules and dormitory assignments. Cyrene Rikenson and Ketty Douce keep the campus in good order.

Marielle Lapres is a 2007 graduate and in her third year as a staff member and French teacher at LCS, she has taken on the role of Dean of Academics. Lapres took a few moments to describe the steps she took to prepare for the year ahead, particularly in the classroom.

For my Sizyem, Senkyem and Katryem classes [U.S. 7th, 8th and 9th grade], I had quite a lot to prepare in learning the Ministry's new curriculum for French. By familiarizing myself with the curriculum and preparing my lessons, I am empowering my students to learn better in class and, quite simply, to succeed.

Of course, there has also been a lot to do in the offices. I am also responsible for distributing textbooks to the students and making sure that all of our teachers are preparing the students for success by making assessments.

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