Bishop Donald and Haiti


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.

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La Salette in Martinique

View of the ocean as a backdrop behind
tower of St. Ann’s Church, Martinique
Town square in front of Sat. Ann’s Church

Once again it's the people who come to La Salette. Indeed in the Fall the Shrine had the joy of welcoming a warm and enthusiastic group of pilgrims came who came from the Parish of St. Ann’s on the Island of Martinique, accompanied by Fr. Jacek, their parish priest. The Beautiful Lady of La Salette has been present at St. Ann’s since 1867. A statue had been erected on their church grounds.

In 1869, Pius IX wished to celebrate the First Vatican Council (1868-1870) with a jubilee. The parish priest from St. Ann’s wished to mark this jubilee with the erection of a large cross at Gros-Morne (“little mountain”), overlooking the city.

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Cape Parish’s 50th

Bp. George Coleman with Fr. Bernie Baris, M.S.,
Pastor, and Fr. John Dolan, M.S., Pastoral
Assistant after 50th Anniversary Mass

BREWSTER - It was a half-century ago that Bishop James L. Connolly decided to establish a new parish on Cape Cod to serve the towns of Brewster, Dennis and Harwich north of the mid- Cape highway, better known as Route 6. Originally based out of the Immaculate Conception Chapel on Main Street, the new Our Lady of the Cape Parish was established on April 19, 1961 and entrusted to the care of the Missionaries of La Salette.

To commemorate the parish's golden anniversary. Bishop George W. Coleman celebrated a special Mass at 11:30 a.m. on May 15, which was followed by a reception in the parish center.

According to Father Bernard Baris, M.S., who has been pastor at Our Lady of the Cape for the past 13 years, a parish is not a collection of beautiful buildings; as such, the anniversary is more a celebration of the dedicated and devoted people of the parish.

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Stanstead, Quebec: American Novitiate 1902-1916

The old Sacred Heart Rectory,
now a private home

The only remaining building in Stanstead, Quebec, to have witnessed the presence of the La Salette Missionaries is the old Sacred Heart rectory, now a private home. The rest of the town burned down... an event that precipitated our departure.

The La Salette message is indeed a message heard 'round the world. Sometimes the message was made known through the devotion of the laity and often we, as religious, speak the message to her needy children.

Buried in the history of our community is the little-known ministry we had in a small town across the United States border from Derby Line, Vermont in Stanstead, Quebec. While there has not been any official La Salette ministry there in over three-quarters of a century, there is evidence that the devotion to the Beautiful Lady is still alive and well.

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Helping the Homeless

Fr. Dick Delisle, M.S., opened
 the event with a blessing

Attleboro and State Agencies Collaborate to Provide Hand Up to Area's Homeless; one stop "shopping" for Attleboro Area homeless and at-risk individuals.

La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA., was a place for Attleboro agencies to collaborate on a common goal–to reach the people who need it most.

People from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Authority (GATRA) and the United Way were just some of the agencies who pooled resources to help Attleboro's homeless Wednesday.

One of the biggest hurdles facing the homeless or at-risk individuals in the Attleboro area is a Massachusetts Identification Card, according to the United Way. Without one individuals can not get into a shelter, nor can they get an apartment or food assistance. Yet it remains a difficult path to navigate.

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