St. Louis, King of France Parish
St. Louis, King of France Parish’s church, rectory, and grade school border on the colorful and bustling town square in the heart of Mirebalais. The town of Mirebalais, founded in 1703, is located 38 miles northeast of Port au Prince and has a population of approximately 132,000 people. With the opening of the new Partners in Health teaching hospital in 2013 the city continues to grow.
In 2011, Father Leveque Bien-Amie became pastor and administrator of St. Louis King of France parish and the four chapels of Feja, Desvarieux, Coupe Gorge, and Noyau. Following the appointment of a new Bishop to the Diocese of Hinche (Jean Desinord, in April 2016), three of Father Leveque’s chapels were combined to form a new parish and placed under the guidance of another priest. Father Leveque continued to pastor the people of St. Louis Parish, the chapel community of Noyau, and gained a second chapel, Boyer, in addition to being named as the Vicar of Priests for the Diocese of Hinche. Father Romel Eustache replaced Father Leveque in 2018 and he continues to work closely with HHH. A unique project that Father Leveques also worked on was a partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to try to receive a funding grant to build a new high school/vocational school in Mirebalais. Vocational education is a major need in Haiti.
Chapel of Noyau
The mountain chapel of Noyau, populated with small huts and homes, offers very limited facilities. Our Lady of Deliverance Chapel, near the center of town, serves as church, town hall, and previously, a school. HHH which worked with Food for the Poor as a builder raised the funds for a new elementary school which opened in 2018. The community is very proud of their state of the art school. Water and health care are two areas of need in Noyau. Food security and housing are also significant issues.
Chapel of Boyer
According to the chapel committee, the community of Boyer does not have running water. Their only source of drinking water is a spring. The walking distance back and forth to the spring is 20 to 30 minutes. Currently they have no social activity in the chapel and no school- or economic-based activity at all. The structure of the church is wood and coconut leaves with a metal roof.
When Father Leveque was assigned the Boyer chapel committee, he shared what HHH and our two Haitian employees Jean Maurisset (part-time employee with the goat program) and Golds Mithe Joseph (full-time Community Development Manager until 2020) had initiated in the chapels of Feja, Desvarieux, Coupe Gorge, and Noyau since 2012. The community embraced this and now have an active goat program and are participating in the community development efforts of the HHH staff.