Milford’s Saint Mary Parish welcomed two Haitian guests in July. The Rev. Phanel Chery, pastor of Ste. Therese Parish in Marbial, Haiti, and Domond “Domo” Bertrand, spent four busy days in Milford. Bertrand is the Haitian head of the Tennessee-based Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA).
The St. Mary Twinning Committee hosted the guests from the church’s “twin” parish of Ste. Therese located in the remote mountains of southeast Haiti. The two parishes have been “twinned” since 2007 and work together to develop mutually enriching relationships of sharing, solidarity and understanding. In addition to prayers for each other, the two churches share bonds that include an annual Medical Mission to Ste. Therese, a supply of birthing kits to help new mothers in the parish care for their newborns, support of the parish school and a clean water program for Ste. Therese.