Current News for PTPA (Parish Twinning Program)

Sea Container:
Here are the dates for the 2014 sea container shipment for our Program members.
The gathering period will be weekdays between March 24 and April 4. The forms are available on the sea container page.

Help Us with Contacting Others:
Executive Director Theresa Patterson wants to know the names and addresses of persons involved in your twin parish relationship, your Haiti Committee, or your med missions so that she may include them in our mailings.

Matthew 25 House:
Staying at Matthew 25 House is $40 per night per person (please). The House continues to accept groups or individuals wanting to stay on their mission trips to Haiti. The new Associate Director, Michelle Curran, is presently working there.

Request to Inform Haiti Diocese:
The bishops in Haiti have asked us to ask our U.S. parishes if they would send an e-mail to them (the Haitian Bishops/dioceses) each time that the U.S. parishes send funds down to their sister parishes in Haiti--and to mention the amount. The dioceses in Haiti are trying to create more transparency between them and their Haitian parishes.


Sister Parish Relationships

Parish Twinning Programs needs volunteers to help with their work in Haiti

We are a non-profit organization focused on creating lasting sister parish relationships between parishes in the U.S. or Canada and parishes in the country of Haiti and elsewhere. We have hundreds of such linkages. The parishes develop a mutual and enriching relationship of sharing, solidarity and understanding. Parishes in the U.S. often raise funds and send resources to their twin parish and help with various special projects. Since 1978, our parishes have sent approximately 30 million dollars in aid to impoverished church communities in Haiti. See "What We Do" below. 





If your parish might be interested in twinning with a parish in Haiti or elsewhere, please contact our Executive Director:

Theresa Patterson


Total Sister-Parish Relationships in Haiti:  300

(Note:  We recently deleted a number of inactive parish relationships from our list/total.)

Total for Central & South America, Mexico, the Philippines and the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean:  51

The figures above vary from time to time.


What We Do:

  • We endeavor to connect twin parishes.

  • We facilitate and maintain these relationships.

  • We help advise about med mission trips.

  • We offer Matthew 25 Hospitality House for travelers.

  • M25 provides lodging in Port-au-Prince.

  • M25 also facilitates transportation & interpreters.

  • We connect folks doing similar projects.

  • We help to resolve any issues.

What Catholic Churches in our Program Do:

  • Fact-finding visits to sister parish

  • Medical mission trips to twin parish

  • Med missions to other chosen areas

  • Dental mission trips

  • Fundraising for twin parish

  • Aid schools with funding or materials

  • Help with catechetical training and expenses

  • Construction projects-churches, rectories, etc.

  • Shipments of donated goods to twin parish

  • Water well projects for sister parish

  • Irrigation/plumbing projects for twin parish