"We are still waiting for news of our confreres in Jérémie. Until today (October 7, 2016) we have no news. And there is no way to contact or visit them" writes to Fides Fr. Kenol Chery, C.Ss.R., missionary and regional superior of the Redemptorists in Haiti.
"All religious congregations are in the same situation. We see the pictures taken by American soldiers that show the destruction, damage and desolation of the people. But the Haitian authorities cannot intervene. We can only pray and hope".
"Our two parishes of Saint Louis Conzague in Fonfrede (Les Cayes) and Saint Louis Roi de France Château (Les Cayes) are destroyed. The parish church in Chateau and the building that housed the nursery are completely destroyed", added the missionary.
There is not a definite toll of casualties and damage from the authorities after Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean. In Haiti there are now more than 800 deaths, according to the agencies, but the toll becomes more and more dramatic as hours go by. Also Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the families of those who died because of Hurricane Matthew, and he expressed his closeness and affection to the injured and the victims of the catastrophe.
Our Community: The Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette are deeply rooted in the Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette which occurred near the hamlet of La Salette in southeastern France on Sept. 19, 1846. The Missionaries were founded in 1852 by Bp. Philbert de Bruillard, Bishop of Grenoble, France, and presently serve in some 25 countries.
Our Province: The Province of Mary, Mother of the Americas, was founded in 2000AD and is one of several provinces in the congregation. The members of this Province serve mainly in the countries of Canada, the United States and the Region of Argentina/Bolivia.
Our Mission: Our La Salette ministry of reconciliation responds to the broad vision given by Mary at La Salette as well as in response to the needs of the Church. As reconcilers, we together with the laity take seriously Mary’s mandate: “You will make (Mary’s) message known to all (her) people.”