Catholic Church doing ‘as much as it can’ to help as Haiti continues to struggle.


Bishop Joseph Gontrand Décoste of Jérémie, Haiti, hung a sign behind the desk of his small office in his diocese that reads, “Providentia providebit,” which in Latin means that “providence itself will provide for the needful.”

It was the motto coined by sainthood candidate Mother Mary Lange, a Haitian-born nun who after migrating to Baltimore in 1829 founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the first congregation for African American women who dedicated themselves to serving orphans and educating Black children, while slavery was still legal in Maryland.

The Catholic Church in Haiti has also been living for more than 10 months across its 10 dioceses solely on providence, Décoste told NCR during a recent video interview. 

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