Haitian Community Support & Ministry
The three parts of ministry with the Haitian community in ECCT include:
- Haitian Missioner
- Haitian Mission Advisory Committee
- Communities of Practice for Haitian worship and ministry
Haitian Missioner & Haitian Mission Advisory Group
There is a Haitian Missioner for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut who serves the Haitian communities and advocates for them in the councils of ECCT. In 2014 the Rev. Judith Alexis, who had been serving as Haitian Missioner, completed her service in that position. The ECCT Haitian Mission Advisory Group advisory group created a new position description (link here to description) and initiated a search. In 2015 the search was completed and a signed Letter of Employment was filed March 31, 2015 with the Rev. Yves-Eugene Joseph, currently in Canada. Complications around his visa prevented him from arriving until July 2016.
The Haitian Ministries Advisory Group meets regularly to oversee the work, advocate, and support. The Rev. Hugh James of Christ Episcopal Church, Norwich, chairs the group.
The longest-serving and most established location for Haitian worship and ministry in CT is l'Eglise de l'Epiphanie in Stamford, which meets at St. John's, 628 Main Street St, Stamford. Contact them at 203-964-1517 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Programming for children has included a summer camp, Camp Quisqueya.Visit their website here.
There is also a worshipping community at St. John's, 768 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, l’Eglise de Saint Jean. The church number is 203-335-2528.
There is a large Haitian community in Norwich and an emerging Haitian faith community gathering at Christ Episcopal Church, 78 Washington Street, Norwich. The church number is 860-887-4249.