Bishop Donald Pelletier, M.S.,
Bishop Emeritus of Morandava,
At the end of his extended stay in the states was approaching, Bishop Donald Pelletier added another adventure to his already wide repertoire of experiences. When I met him at the airport upon his return, his first description of the situation in Port-au-Prince – remember that it had been more than a year since the earthquake – was very short: “It was like walking into hell! So much destruction, so little cleanup accomplished!” Yet his overall impression was positive. Bishop Donald described it in this way:
“Despite the element of fear, pain, anxiety, risk and uncertainty involved in venturing into an unknown, foreign – and in this case troubled – territory, a new mission is always challenging and exciting. For us La Salettes, this new joint mission venture – Madagascar and USA – is no exception to that rule. I was, therefore, happy to be able to visit our Missionaries who had been sent to bring the light and hope of our La Salette charism and vision to one of the poorest countries on the globe – Haiti.
My first concern in going there was to see and encourage those young men who had enthusiastically departed from their homeland to minister in this mission field newly confided to our pastoral care. Both Frs. Evariste and Hervé, originally from Madagascar, are doing well and able to converse and celebrate the Sacraments in the Haitian Creole language.