The following was provided by St. Dunstan's Church.
St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church will be hosting Father Noe’ Bernier from l’Ecole Saint Esprit, Cap Hatien, Haiti for a week of visits in the Boston area from April 23-30.
Citizens of Dover and surrounding communities are cordially invited to meet Father Noe’ at St. Dunstan’s Sunday services on April 29 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. and to attend Adult Education with him at 9:00 a.m.
Father Noe’ is the Arch Deacon of the North in Haiti, in charge of Ecole Saint Esprit, a K-12 school for 1200 children, plus a Trade School. He leads services in four churches including the church affiliated with the school.
During his visit, he is hoping to raise funds to cover the costs of construction at the schools, some of which is to accommodate the increased number of children whose families have moved to Cap Haitian following the terrible January 2010 earthquake.
The annual cost per student, which includes one meal a day (sometimes the student’s only meal) is $250, which is less than 40% of what the students can afford. Father Noe needs $120,000 to maintain the school buildings, and to pay for food, supplies and teachers’ salaries.
Father Noe’ is married and has 7 children including a set of twins.
For background information or to schedule an interview with Fr. Noe, please call St. Dunstan’s Rector, The Reverend Mark McKone-Sweet at 508 785-0879 or go to the church’s website, which will give information about the Mission Visits St. Dunstan’s parishioners have made to Haiti: www.saintdunstansma.org