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OSPIHM Governing Board Welcomes Little Sisters of St. Therese, Haiti

Sister Marie Jeanne Dorsainvil, psst, and Sister Desilia Sanon, psst, of the Little Sisters of St. Therese in Haiti were welcomed to the IHM Congregation by the members of the OSPIHM Governing Board and the OSPIHM Haitian Project Committee.

The three IHM Congregations (Monroe, Immaculata and Scranton) and the Oblate Sisters of Providence have been involved with outreach to Haiti since 1995. The four congregations "twin" with the Little Sisters of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, the first indigenous congregation of women religious in Haiti, founded in 1948.

Two members of the Little Sisters' Leadership Team, Sister Desilia and Sister Jeanne, were invited to come to Immaclata and Scranton to spend time with the OSPIHM Haiti Committee and the Governing Board. The Sisters arrived on Thursday, October 13, and returned to Haiti on Wednesday, October 19. Sister Jeanne and Sister Desilia shared the effects of Hurricane Matthew on Haiti. Ten of their missions were seriously damaged by the high-powered winds and pelting rain.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The two Sisters explained their needs and the needs of their people. The members of the Haiti committee and its governing board were in awe and inspired by the resilience of the Haitian people. In the midst of severe hardship the people have hope and tremendous trust in Divine Providence.

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L-R seated: Sisters Joanne Wallace (I), Desilia Sanon, psst, Marie Jeanne Dorsainvil, psst, Cathy Nally (I). L-R standing: Helene Therese, OSP, Eileen Coleman (S), Susan Hadzima (S), Jane Gaughan (S), John Evelyn DiTrolio (I), Camille Brouillard (M), Kathryn Clauss (S), Lorraine McGrew (I), Donna Ariente (I), Paula Jameson (I), Jane Herb (M), Ellen Maroney (S), Fran Fasolka (S).