The Holy Cross family in Haiti—complete with sisters, brothers, priests, and lay associates—opened its celebrations to mark the 150th Anniversary of Moreau’s Entry into Eternal Life (January 20, 2023) on December 29 in Cap-Haïtien.
The day began with conferences in the morning by Sr. Kesta Occident, C.S.C., former Superior General of the Sisters of Holy Cross, Fr. Firto Regis, C.S.C., and Mrs. Maryse Celestin. They led a reflection on the “Incarnation of the spirituality and the charism of Holy Cross in our pastoral practice in Haiti today."
The presentations were followed by discussions in small groups about the challenges facing the mission of Holy Cross in the country at this time in its history. The conversations were lively and engaging.
There was a beautiful Eucharistic Celebration afterward, at which Fr. Rosemond Marcelin, C.S.C., Superior of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Province, presided and preached. He emphasized how the community must incarnate its spirituality and charism through the imitation of Christ, and live according to our Constitutions, so as to be true sons and daughters of Blessed Basile Moreau.
The Mass was also an opportunity to celebrate the silver jubilees of religious life of Fathers Donald Chéry, C.S.C., and Baudelaire Marital, C.S.C., as well as the diamond jubilee of Sr. Rejeanne Charest, C.S.C., a missionary who has been spent more than 50 years in Haiti.
After Mass, everyone gathered together under the "préau" of College Notre Dame to have some cultural music and dance, as well as an awesome agape meal.