The people of this small West Coast Locality of Senegal ardently hoped for the presence of the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis. The mission opened in 1995 by three pioneers, Yollande Bernier, Marie Blais and Nicole Fortier, has become the Kër Mère Saint-Louis School, a high-quality educational venture. Our thanks to Sr. Hellène Ndèye Sarr for her audacity in starting the project. Our gratitude to the people of Bentégnier for their wonderful hospitality and to all those who, over the past 25 years, have given their best and still do!
On January 26, 2020, the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis opened the festivities to mark their 75 years of presence in Haiti with great pomp. It was an occasion to give thanks, to honour our Canadian Sisters’ pioneering mission and pay tribute to them. The jubilee celebrations were to last a year, unfortunately some were compromised by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the 10th anniversary of the Maison des enfants de Madame Molé, we remember the terrible earthquake and its impact on Port-au-Prince, and how Sister Solange Louiné responded to the tragedy with compassion and audacity. On March 4, 2020, Blessed Louise-Élisabeth’s Feast Day, a Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated in St. Anne’s Church, Camp-Perrin. It was a celebration of joy and hope for the children, the sisters in charge, their co-workers and all the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis in Haiti.
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In 2019, Pope Francis said that it was imperative to: “Re-invent the Global Compact on Education” and in October 2020, he launched The Compact. The International Union of Major Superiors hurried to prepare a Webinar entitled The Global Compact on Education.
“To be a compact, there must be at least two persons”, the Pope said. The General Superior, Sister Alberte Piché wanted to attend the Webinar; she asked SCSL active members to join her on this virtual venture from November 12-14. There were 8 of them: 1 Canadian, 3 Haitians, 2 Malagasy, 1 Malian and 1 Senegalese. It is a key moment for SCSL’s whose “mission involves works in education and in human development in the social and spiritual spheres”.
Now, those Sisters are ambassadors who they told us what animates them: “The dignity of human beings is at the heart of my vision. I want to respect diversity”. “I want to make the youth aware of the importance of relationships, to help them appreciate the elderly…” “I want to show that life has meaning only when given to others”. “I want to enhance respect for differences, acceptance of one’s own culture and appreciation of differences in others, to encourage them to see others as companions on their journey and not as threats".
"Never before has there been such need to unite our efforts in a broad educational alliance”, the Pope said as he launched The Compact on October 15th. “To educate is always an act of hope”, he said.