Parishes & Schools

st augustine orthodix church haitian orthodox mission 300x225 - Parishes & SchoolsThe Chapel of St. Dorothy of Kashin was founded in the early part of 2007. The chapel was built near where many of the faithful Orthodox in the capital of Port-au-Prince live. The church of St. Dorothy has remained faithful to the true confession of the Apostolic faith from that time. Father Amboise lives near the church and he was ordained to the priesthood in 2008 by His Grace Bishop Ambrose. He is the priest at St Dorothy’s and often visits St. Augustine’s in Jacmel to serve.

st augustine orthodox church haitian orthodox mission greek church 300x225 - Parishes & SchoolsAccording to the late Fr. Gregory Williams, St. Augustine’s Church was born of a providential encounter in Jacmel in early 1999. A young man, who was seeking the Orthodox way spent hours questioning Fr. Gregory about the faith and the church. He would come back daily with more questions and a growing faith. In the fall of that year, he and his brother-in-law attended their first Orthodox services in the capital and in short order were joined by others, all young men, who were soon made catechumens and in due course were baptized. This young man is now the reader, Nicolas Neptune, who serves as the warden of St. Augustine’s Church and the director of the school that is on the same property. They were nurtured on the Prayer Book and Psalter that were given to them by Fr. Gregory. He also began to train them in the proper method of doing readers’ services. By 2003, the parish was not only made up of young men but also children and older Haitians. They were soon bursting at the seams and clearly needed a larger space. By God’s love, suitable land was purchased and chapel construction began. By 2006 this chapel was completed with a secure sanctuary and a large nave, roofed in but open on three sides. The site is constructed to allow for a second story and is adjacent to the Orthodox School of St. Augustine. Our hope is that the Church and the school will be finished and a library and medical clinic can be added.

school of st augustine icosa haitian orthodox mission 300x225 - Parishes & SchoolsThe Institution Chrétienne Orthodoxe Saint Augustin opened in September 2007 with 400 students, most of them being Orthodox. Construction costs for the classrooms and property were paid for through the generosity of Orthodox Christians in the Russian Church Outside of Russia. In 2008 their first graduating class successfully passed their national exams. To this day they have continued with a reputation of excellent education (one of the best in Haiti). Their school was damaged by the earthquake which took the lives of so many Haitians in 2010. Construction of additional classrooms, including a second floor, has begun but has not been finished. There are many needs in this regard; please consider this in your generosity as the church and the school provide not only spiritual needs, but also educational needs and in the future, medical needs. There are plans for a summer Orthodox Camp at ICOSA for the Orthodox children of Haiti. ICOSA provides education from Grades K-12. The enrollment is just under 350 students.

school of st nicolas haitian orthodix mission 300x225 - Parishes & SchoolsThe School of St. Nicholas has always been associated with our mission, but was the personal undertaking of Fr. Amboise and is located next to St. Dorothy’s Chapel. It is one of the many elementary schools of the country and provides primary education Grade K-6. St. Nicholas also provides an adult literacy program. The enrollment is around 150 students.