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Haitian Sister continues rebuilding
Photo courtesy of Sr. Denise Desil
Sr. Denise Desil helps a worker building a school in Haiti.
Photo courtesy of Sr. Denise Desil
Sr. Denise Desil helps a worker building a school in Haiti.

Sister Denise Desil is a Haitian woman Religious who has made friends while visiting the Sisters of the Holy Names at Marylhurst over the past several years. She reports progress in realizing her dream to build a well, a school, and sturdy housing structures while her village in Baraderes recovers from the 2010 earthquake and cholera outbreaks.  

Sister Denise is a nurse midwife and a member of the Little Sisters of St. Therese. Hers is the first religious community founded in 1946 by Haitians, instead of European missionaries. The Little Sisters’ ministry encompasses education, healthcare and social work with AIDS patients and orphans.

In addition to delivering babies and providing pre/post-natal care, Sister Denise recently organized a successful certificate program in tailoring and sewing. Improved prospects for employment await the women who graduate from the program. Sister Denise also envisions an auto mechanics program for training young men to become wage earners.  

After surviving a fall from the balcony of her motherhouse during the earthquake, Sister Denise reflected, “I knew God didn’t want me then, so I had to continue His mission.”

Those wishing to assist Sister Denise can send donations to: Holy Names Sister Joan Maiers, PO Box 33, Marylhurst, OR 97036. Make checks payable to IHM Sisters and mention Sister Denise Desil in the memo line.


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