Haitian humanitarian to speak at St. Louis - Catholic Courier

Haitian humanitarian to speak at St. Louis

Passionist Father Rick Frechette, a humanitarian who has served in Haiti for the past 25 years, will speak at the weekend Masses at St. Louis Parish, Pittsford, May 19 and 20, and will attend a “Meet and Greet” dessert reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Reddington Hall/Gym at the church, 60 S. Main St., Pittsford. The reception is free, and good-will offerings will go to help the Friends of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund.

Father Frechette is a medical doctor and the medical director of the Our Little Brothers and Sisters Orphanages in nine Caribbean countries. He founded the Nos Petit Freres (Our Little Brothers and Sisters) Orphanage in Haiti in 1987. He is director of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, which offers the country’s only free children’s clinic, and which served as a major trauma hospital following the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. He is director of street schools, day camps and rehabilitation centers, plus water and feeding programs, vocational training and more. In 2011, he started St. Mary’s Hospital in Cite Soleil.

It has been more than a decade since Father Frechette has traveled to the area, organizers said.

For details, contact Marcia Mendola at 585-381-6872 or Marciaandnick@yahoo.com, or Kathleen McMahon, St. Louis Parish’s pastoral associate of social ministry and justice, at 585-586-5675, ext. 228, or kmcmahon@dor.org.

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