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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

1/16/2013

There is a great story in Sunday’s edition of the Huffington Post on Haiti and the role of the Episcopal Church titled “Three Years After Earthquake, Haitians Are Eager to Move Beyond Tent Cities.” The authors are none other than our own the Rev. Joseph Constant ('03) and the Rev. Rosemari Sullivan ('85). Joseph is our Director of Racial and Ethnic Ministries and serves with Rosemari as special coordinators for the work of The Episcopal Church in Haiti.

As they write, “While there is beginning to be small signs of progress, the work has really just begun. The Episcopal Church in Haiti has a long history of mission. For more than 150 years, it has been a leader in education and health services in Haiti….As important as responding to these needs for Haitians, so too is the need to support the spiritual and cultural institution of Haitians. Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of these institutions. It was a primary gathering place for Haitians. Institutions affiliated with the Cathedral included a primary and secondary school, a convent and a music school which housed the country's only philharmonic orchestra. Holy Trinity Cathedral had housed what was believed to be the largest organ in the Caribbean and the murals throughout the cathedral depicted African images from the bible created by some of Haiti's most famous artists in the 1950s. After the earthquake, rebuilding this institution was of significant importance to Haitians of all faiths. And the Episcopal Church committed itself to supporting this effort. Recently, the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Haiti announced the selection of Kerns Group Architects of Arlington, Virginia as the architect selected to design the new cathedral. The new cathedral will incorporate the three surviving murals.”

We are proud of the leadership Joseph Constant has offered. Take a look at the article.

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics