SEA CONTAINER 2020 UPDATE: We have not yet found a warehouse, so we have not set dates or an exact location for the 2020 sea container shipment, but we expect that it will be in May rather than April this time.  We cannot offer all the 2020 sea container forms until we have a location and dates. (Sorry.)  Also, the cost is still being decided.  We will keep trying to get warehouse space so that we can set dates for the gathering period and so that you can have more clarity.  It will take place in or near Nashville, TN.

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

A group from Saint Henry Church in Nashville, TN visits with the Bishop of Hinche, Msgr. Simon-Pierre Saint Hillien C.S.C., and others in February 2014. Saint Henry had the Program’s first twinning with Haiti in 1978.

We are a non-profit organization focused on creating lasting sister parish relationships between parishes in the U.S. 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 50 million dollars in aid to impoverished church communities in Haiti.

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What We Do:

  • We endeavor to connect twin parishes.
  • We facilitate and maintain these relationships.
  • We help advise about med mission trips and parish trips.
  • We offer Matthew 25 Hospitality House for travelers.
  • M25 House provides lodging in Port-au-Prince.
  • M25 House offers advice about transportation & interpreters.
  • We help parishes to network.
  • We accompany first-time parishes to Haiti.
  • We organize and ship donated goods to Haiti.
  • We help to resolve any issues.
Parish program

What Catholic Churches in our Program Do:

  • They do fact-finding visits to the sister parish.
  • They take medical mission trips to the twin parish.
  • They do med missions to other chosen areas.
  • They undertake dental mission trips.
  • They do fundraising for the twin parish.
  • They aid schools with funding or materials.
  • They help the twin parish with catechetical training and expenses.
  • They assist the sister parish with construction projects–churches, rectories, etc.
  • They send shipments of donated goods to the twin parish.
  • They instigate water purification projects for the sister parish.
  • They fund microcredit or other sustainable projects.

If your parish might be interested in twinning with a parish in Haiti or elsewhere, please contact our Executive Director:
Theresa Patterson
E-Mail: parishprogram@aol.com

If your parish might be interested in twinning with a parish in Central & South America, Mexico, the Philippines, or the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, please contact the Coordinator of our Latin American Program:
Frances Sosadeeter
E-Mail: ptpa1978@gmail.com

Total Sister-Parish Relationships in Haiti: 300

The figures above vary from time to time.

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

The figures above vary from time to time.

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See the Sea Container link for forms and info about the 2019 shipment.

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