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Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has asked The Episcopal Church to remember the Diocese of Haiti on the fourth anniversary of the earthquake on January 12.
“I urge all Episcopalians to pray and give in solidarity with our largest and fastest-growing diocese,” the Presiding Bishop said.
She continued, “I ask for your generosity in a special offering on Sunday, January 12 to aid the Diocese of Haiti in rebuilding Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.”
On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people, seriously injuring more than 250,000, and leaving 1.3 million homeless. An extensive number of private and public buildings were destroyed including Holy Trinity Cathedral and the affiliated Episcopal institutions in the Cathedral Complex.
The Episcopal Church continues to respond to the needs that have arisen. Recently the Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti announced the selection of Kerns Group Architects, P.C., of Arlington, VA, as architect of the new Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Features of the new cathedral include:
In addition to being a place of worship, the new Cathedral is expected to be, once again, a prominent center for the performing and visual arts.
The Presiding Bishop pointed out that the Executive Council “has been a faithful partner in the ongoing response.”
She noted that the fourth anniversary falls on the first Sunday of Epiphany, the day on which the Church celebrates the Baptism of Our Lord, which is depicted in one of the three surviving Cathedral murals. (Photograph available here)
For more information contact Elizabeth Lowell
The Episcopal Church: www.episcopalchurch.org
Diocese of Haiti: http://www.egliseepiscopaledhaiti.org/
Haiti fundraising effort: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/rebuild-our-church-haiti