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Current News for PTPA (Parish Twinning Program)
NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014
Please join us at our Fall conference on September 19 and 20 in Nashville. It's a multipurpose conference where we hope to learn more about improving twin (sister) parish relationships and also serving the health, employment, and educational needs of Haiti and other countries. The networking is often the best part! Please click on our Conference link above for more information and for links to the PDF file for both the brochure and the registration form. (If registering, please put "National Conference" on the memo line of your check.) If needing Adobe software to read the PDF, click on the link on the upper right of our website.
Important Fonkoze Change
Starting August 1, 2014, Fonkoze Bank is no longer doing transfers the same way; thus, if you use Fonkoze, then please notify the person in your parish that is handling your twinning. Fonkoze is no longer accepting checks in order to do a funds transfer. The transfers must be done through (1) their partner bank Banque National de Credit or through (2) MoneyGram--Fonkoze says that Moneygram is ideally for sums under $1,000. Take note that the former Fonkoze fee schedule does not apply anymore. See the Twin Parishes link above to choose "Using Fonkoze" and get the new Fonkoze Transfers PDF file and the Fonkoze Changes Letter 2014 PDF file.
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
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:
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