Continuing Dioceses Engage Congregations in Mission Through Rebuild Our Church in Haiti Appeal
In this season of Advent, and as the second anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti approaches in January, we would like to gratefully acknowledge the generosity and hard work of dioceses and congregaions throughout the Church who are particpating in the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti appeal. Every contribution helps.
As the Diocese of Haiti continues to plan its way forward, we wish also to acknowledge the four continuing Episcoapl dioceses that are engaging their congregations in mission by participating in the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti appeal, the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Diocese of Quincy, and the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. These four dioceses too are planning their way forward and working to pursue their mission and ministry, and to respond to God's call.
Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth:
Bishop Ohl reminded the diocese that Haiti is the largest diocese in The Episcopal Church, with more than 100,000 Episcopalians. “Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin and the people of Haiti have asked for our help,” Bishop Ohl said, adding that The Episcopal Church, acting through the church’s Executive Council, has asked every Episcopal diocese and congregation to join in this effort.
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh:
The Rt. Rev. Ken Price, Provisional Bishop was enthusiastic about the challenge, saying, “When this project was first put forward, I was overwhelmed at the immediate and generous response from every one of our parishes. "
During the Mass, representatives from participating congregations came forward to present their offerings to the Rebuild Our Church in Haiti campaign. Additional gifts were collected at Pittsburgh’s Diocesan Convention on November 4.
"So many in the reorganizing dioceses were particularly sensitive to the need to rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince because we understand, in one real measure, what it is like to have your church torn apart by forces beyond your control. Our experience was the tearing apart of our people (with the resulting damage to mission and ministry and witness), their's was the tearing apart of the actual stones of their cathedral church (also with resulting damage to mission and ministry) and, also of course, the death of many of their people." The Rev. Jeff Murph, St. Thomas Church, Oakmont, PA
Diocese of Quincy
Diocese of San Joaquin:
Thanks to every individual, congregation, diocese and Episcopal organization that is participating in Rebuild Our Church in Haiti.
Rebuild Our Church in Haiti is a national grass roots effort launched on the first 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 Zaché Duracin and the people of Haiti to help rebuild Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.