June 2015

Newsletter issue: 
June 2015
News item date: 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Twenty Graduations: One Louverture Cleary

By Kristin Soukup (THP Lead Volunteer) 


    On June 20th, LCS graduated its 20th class of Louverturians.  To mark this milestone, we asked alumni ranging from the first graduating class of 1995 to the most recent class of 2015 about their LCS experience and their graduation.



Spreading the Good Word in the Big Apple: For the last year, Mikhaila Moynihan has served THP’s Development Office as our Associate Director of Development.  In addition to supporting THP’s grassroots development activities, Mikhaila was integral in implementing the use of Salesforce as a means of helping THP build and maintain closer relationships with our community. Mikhaila moved on to her new position in May and is spending a year interning with Archbishop Bernardito Auza (the former Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti) at the Permanent Observer’s Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York City.


LCS Alumnus: David Civil

By Amanda Haluga (THP Volunteer)

    David Civil (’09) has a unique eye for things that that need to be accomplished and the drive to see them through. No stranger to hard work at improving the environment around him, Civil spent his time as a student at Louverture Cleary School participating in Netwayaj Deyo (outside clean-up) and learning from the school’s maintenance staff. After graduating from LCS in 2009, he received a scholarship from The Haitian Project’s Office of External Affairs and began his studies in accounting at University of Port-au-Prince.


Q&A Rebecca Finney

By HPN Staff 

    Two-year Volunteer Rebecca Finney (2010-12) is a perfect example of an unassuming person; she accomplishes tasks with humility and focus, and is truly a positive force in our community. In Haiti, she moved some of our most important projects forward. Below she answers questions about her two years at LCS and what remains with her as she now works in another community.


Volunteers: The Next Generation 

By Mary Jo LeGrand (Longtime THP Community Member) 

    Lily Foulkes – the daughter of Helena (Buonanno) and Bill Foulkes, two longtime supporters of The Haitian Project – remembers thumbing through the pages of the Haitian Project News as a young child in her parents’ Providence, RI home and feeling inspired to volunteer someday.


Event Spotlight

    THP President Deacon Moynihan presents former board member, Pat Newell, with the Cleary Award during a fundraiser organized by Kent & Elizabeth Gilges in Canandaigua, NY. 


Volunteer View: Michaeel Paquette 

    It’s 5:30 AM on Monday morning and I am trying to light the incinerator in the dark. If you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing at 5:30 in the morning in Haiti, I would have probably said, “Sleeping, hopefully.” But winning the position as “Chief of the Incinerator” and recycling has changed all of that.

Student View: Rose Marlie Merisier 

    I am Rose Marlie Merisier and I am 17 years old. I am in the Philo class, the final year at LCS. I am from Port-au-Prince. I live with my mother and my two sisters.


It's the Mission that Brings Me Back 

By Dr. Randall Woodard 

    After a quick five-day trip back to Haiti, I have to admit that I am tremendously inspired – and that’s not typical for me.

I am blessed to teach theology at Saint Leo University and direct our Master and undergraduate programs. The reason I was happily surprised to find myself so inspired is because I work daily in a very graced environment. Of our 15 religion majors or minors, about eight are currently doing missionary work and one is entering the seminary this fall. Besides its devotion to mission, our MA program teaches deacon candidates in five dioceses. Not much can compare to the blessing of teaching men in formation to be deacons alongside their wives. Their devotion to our Church and to those in need is one of the most inspiring witnesses I have experienced.    


School Spotlight

THP President Deacon Patrick Moynihan distributes Holy Communion at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Farmington, MI.