Episcopal Churches in Fairfield, Southport, CT Reach Out to Help in Haiti Appeal
The Episcopal churches of Fairfield Connecticut may seem to be a world away from the Cathedral and School in Port au Prince, Haiti, but clearly they are connected in faith, love and hope.
St. Timothy’s Church in Fairfield, Connecticut describes itself as “a community of friends who follow the way of Jesus.” Their rector, the Rev. Matthew Calkins, recalls how moved he was by the beauty of the murals that graced the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port au Prince, Haiti, on his visit in 2001, and the friends he made with skilled tradesmen and artists he met there. Fr. Calkins’ ongoing connection with the cathedral and its school led him to reach out to friends and foundations, as well as parishioners, to support the recent Haiti Appeal. Gifts totaling $38,000 will go to the Rebuild our Church effort in Haiti.
In addition, the Trinity in Motion group of three Fairfield Episcopal parishes— St Timothy’s, St Paul’s, and Trinity, Southport– pledged $20,000. This group puts on an annual fund-raising walk in support of the elementary and secondary school of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Trinity in Motion chairperson Stephanie Campbell wrote, “This donation represents our on-going support for the Holy Trinity School and our deep commitment to support Rev. Fernande Pierre-Louis and her tremendous efforts to educate the children to help build a brighter future for the people of Haiti.”
Rebuild Our Church in Haiti is a national, grass-roots effort launched on the 1st anniversary of the magnitude seven earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. The appeal was authorized by Executive Council in response to the request from Bishop Jean Zach Duracin and the people of Haiti to help rebuild the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. ECF is coordinating the church-wide appeal.