About Mirebalais

St. Louis, King of France Parish

St. Louis, King of France church in Mirebalais

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 continues to pastor the people of St. Louis Parish, the chapel community of Noyau, and has gained a second chapel, Boyer, in addition to being named as the Vicar of Priests for the Diocese of Hinche. Father Leveque is also working with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to receive a funding grant to build a new high school in Mirebalais.

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 school.

A busy schedule has not stopped Father Leveque from starting and continuing to “grow” a grade school in Noyau, which now spans six classes totaling 180 children who meet in the Our Lady of Deliverance Chapel. Fundraising for a new 6-classroom school was completed in fall 2017 and construction began in January 2018. The new school is expected to open for the 2018-19 school year.

Chapel of Boyer

The community of Boyer is located about 2 miles north of the ville of Mirebalais and constitutes a new chapel in the geographic area of Saint Louis, King of France Parish. Pastoral and administrative duties for this new chapel were assigned to Father Leveque at the end of last year.

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.

Father Leveque has begun meeting with 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) have initiated in the chapels of Feja, Desvarieux, Coupe Gorge, and Noyau since 2012.

They seem very interested in having Jean Maurisset and Golds Mithe to initiate in their community the same development programs that we currently have in the other chapels. Father Leveque is also in favor of such activity.