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Chapel of St. Dorothy

Construction begins
Construction begins




The "village pump" on the new land
The “village pump” on the new land
Fr. Amboise & family: Sophia, Anna,  Matushka Nicole, Laurence
Fr. Amboise & family:
Sophia, Anna,
Matushka Nicole, Laurence
With Bishop Ambroe
With Bishop Ambroe
Located on the Foyer of St. Mary of Egypt, the first (very small) piece of property acquired by the Mission at LaPlaine, the Chapel of St. Dorothy of Kashin was begun in early 2007 as a memorial church for the newly-reposed handmaiden of God Dorothy Clader, of Rochester NY, funded by contributions made to the Mission (in lieu of flowers) at the request of her family. The chapel was badly needed, as a large proportion of the faithful in Port-au-Prince live in the LaPlane zone (on the northern edge of the city); the trip to the Church of the Nativity, always difficult, was all too often impossible as a result of weather or socio-political conditions.

At the time construction was begun, we had no idea that it was all too soon to be the only remaining faithful ROCOR church in the city. From mid-summer 2007 on, it became the parish home not only of those living in the immediate vicinity, but also for a substantial portion of the former parishioners of the Church of the Nativity — the charter tap-taps now run in the opposite direction, whenever it is possible. (Not only weather and political conditions cause trouble, but also lack of available funds — it is a very costly trip.)

Nearby, a much larger tract of ground, the “new land”, acquired some years later, awaits the possibility of a larger permanent church. Located directly on what will inevitably one day be the principal route out of Port-au-Prince to the north (when political stability overcomes the obstacle currently presented by Cité Soleil, the worst slum in the city and its most violent area). In the meanwhile, a caretaker family lives on the property, and a public deep well to serve the people of the area has been installed — hand pump for now; perhaps one day electricity will be sufficiently reliable to convert it.

The School of St. Nicholas, one of Port-au-Prince’s hundreds of “little schools”, is located next to the Foyer and Chapel. Fr. Amboise Noël, its founder and director, is also locum tenens for the chapel and congregation in Port-au-Prince. His home is located within a few minutes’ walk from both.

Fr. Amboise was ordained to the priesthood on the feast of SS Timothy & Maura, 3/16 May 2008, by His Grace Bishop Ambrose. He continues to serve as locum tenens at St. Dorothy’s, and after mid-summer 2008 as assistant priest for St. Augustine’s, Cyvadier/Jacmel.

Should you have an opportunity to visit — the Foyer is not too difficult to find (but the trip itself is another matter!). From the airport, northward on Airport Road to Clercine (the first major intersection), then left on Clercine, continuing across Tabarre to its end at Butte-Boyer; left on Butte-Boyer (you will pass within a few hundred yards of Maison Mission, the administrative office of the Mission in Haiti, on impasse Franois) to its end at Route Nationale #1. Right on RN across the river, bear left at the next major intersection (filling station in the middle of the Y) to the next road to the left (about 1/2 mile), Boulevard Marin — so called, I’m convinced, because parts of it turn into small lakes after a heavy rain. Then comes the fun part — after a short distance, Marin becomes a rock (large!) and dirt road. About 20 minutes of misery brings you to rue Robert on the right. A short distance on rue Robert to impasse Nicolas, where the signs for the Foyer, School & Chapel are clearly visible. Figure about 45 minutes each way on a good day.