LATIN AMERICAHaiti: Back to classes for our scholastics
3 April 2010: e-mail from Fr. Loudeger MAZILE, General Councilor, to Fr. General.
Thanks for the Easter greetings. Concerning the return to classes, in the public sector, that will happen next week in the whole western department where Port-au-Prince is located. The schools in the rest of the country have been functioning since the month of February.
The Major Seminary will open its doors at the same time as the public schools. The Oblate scholastics in philosophy will join the diocesan students and other religious in shelters put at the disposition of the philosophy faculty of the Major Seminary by religious whose buildings had not been destroyed. Our philosophers will mostly live in tents, but the superiors are also planning to use rooms for those who are not afraid of sleeping inside the houses, just as I am doing at the moment.
Our theologian scholastics will also be brought together by CIFOR (Faculty of Theology run by the Conference of Religious of Haiti) for classes that will last for three weeks. Then they will return to their respective parishes where they had been assigned. They will do their homework there and will be brought together again for three weeks in June and again, in July, when the school year will officially end.
In that way, the religious and the diocesans will be able to take up their courses again and finish the year according to a special program organized by those in charge of the Major Seminary and the bishops on the one hand and by the administration of CIFOR and the religious superiors on the other hand.
The leaders of the Oblate province, in conjunction with the formators and the local superiors, have decided to occupy the site of the old novitiate at Blanchard, near the philosophy house, in view of having it function for the time being as the theology scholasticate. This site will not be sufficient. That is why the site of the philosophy house will also be used to lodge the theology house community. It’s an emergency situation. Everyone is trying to contribute something and to show good will. Happy Easter!