June 2012

A Full Plate

Deacon Patrick Moynihan, President of THP, gives Fridekens Augustin his diploma at the June 16th graduation ceremony. Congratulations to our 33 newest graduates!

by Rachel Carter

A Philo (senior) student’s day begins when the first bell rings at 5am. After a quick shower, at whatever the ambient temperature is at the time, or colder if the water is fresh from the well, Philo class members begin their leadership responsibilities by waking up younger students and their groups for morning meeting at 5:30am. 


Highlights June 2012

Merci Beaucoup! Members of our THP community have countless reasons to thank Tim Scordato for his four years of service to THP. Holding down the Rockford Development office, Tim worked around the clock to give fully of his time, talent and Christian fellowship. “Tim was a rock in our foundation,” stated THP President, Deacon Moynihan. Leaving his post to begin law school in the fall at Widener Law in Wilmington, DE, Tim (thankfully) will not be long missed—he has given his firm commitment to volunteer his talents and energy to THP well into the future. Thank you, Tim! 


Everything to Do With God's Plan

Betsy Bowman, 2009-10 Volunteer, making an announcement to LCS students in the days following the 2010 earthquake.

by Colby Bowker (THP Director of Communications)

“I wish I could make my students burn trash – it would be so good for them!” exclaimed Betsy Bowman, now an assistant principal at Prospect Hill Academy in Boston. This is not a comment you would expect from an assistant principal—unless she had served as a Volunteer at LCS.  Betsy, a veteran teacher, did burn some trash during her 2009-10 Volunteer year at LCS, but she also did a lot of great teaching.


Rising Star: From Student to Administrator

LCS's Assistant Dean of Academics, Marjorie Mombrun (left), works alongside LCS students to do some seismic repairs for one of the school buildings damaged in the 2010 earthquake.

by John DiTillo (LCS Dean of Students)

Marjorie Mombrun, the Assistant Dean of Academics at Louverture Cleary School, is a star. A “Vega,” to be precise. Her graduating class, 2007, chose “Vega” as their class name. The title of bright star fits Dean Mombrun like a glove. In her leadership role in the Academic Office, she shines. If you suspect that’s an exaggeration, then you obviously have not seen her work.   


The Magnificent Four

by Tim Scordato

Four of THP’s veteran board members, Colonel Jon Stull, Aimée Maier, Kevin Schuyler and Patrick Brun, completed their terms of service this March. The THP community benefitted greatly from the wisdom and self-sacrifice of these stalwart members. Here is a brief look at their years of work and dedication:


Student View: Caleb Pierre-Louis

Caleb Pierre-Louis draws water from the cistern to complete some of his cleanup responsibilities on campus.

My name is Caleb Pierre-Louis. I was born in Port-au-Prince and I still live there today. I am glad to say that I am a Louverturian; my story as a Louverturian began in 2005. I am now a Philo student getting ready to graduate.


Volunteer View: Rebecca Finney

Volunteer Rebecca Finney leads a lesson for St. Clare's Fireflies Developmental Center (Koukouy Sen Kle').

Bonjou! My name is Rebecca Finney, and I am a second year Volunteer at LouvertureClearySchool. When I’m not teaching Catholic Social Justice to Rheto (12th Grade) students I’m supervising one of our two community programs: St. Clare’s Fireflies Developmental Center (Koukouy Sen Klè) and our after-school literacy program (Lekòl Ankourajman). I have also helped to facilitate LCS Family Club, which aims to give our students a safe avenue to express and hopefully heal from difficulties they experience in their families.


Restoring Our Identity

Father Koutnik celebrates Mass with the LCS student body during his May 2012 mission trip.

by HPN Staff

In 1803 the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory, 800,000 square miles of land stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. As any 5th grade history student can tell you, the U.S. bought it from France, which was then under the leadership of Napoleon Bonaparte. What you may not know is that Napoleon hoped to use the land to fuel his vision of a French empire in the new world. The Mississippi Valley was to be used as a source of trade to power the throne of his new empire – the island of Hispaniola.