Mission Trips

Dominican Republic and Haiti Mission Trips

   A sincere thanks to all our benefactors, gifts large and small.  A sincere thanks to the pastors and parishes that sent donations for our 2018 mission projects, for those that allowed a second collection or our name to be on their Christmas "Giving Tree".   Thank you for those who helped with the "container project" headed up by Jim Fitzgerald. A number of us were able to see the fruits of those labors and the joy it brought to many communities, both in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

   We already have dates for two mission groups in 2019:

 1)   The "Deacon's Group" working with Fr. Mike Seis in Elías Piña have set their date of February 17th through March 1st, 2019.   

There are three deacons already on the list: Deacon Paul Umentum, Deacon Jim Lonick, and Deacon Luis Sánchez.

There is room for 6 more deacons to sign on; contact person is Dcn. Paul Umentum.

  2)   I will be organizing a group to work with Fr. Melanio Colás in San Juan de la  Maguana.  We will be building a chapel, about a 45 minute drive outside of the city, in the foothills of the central mountain range.   I will be looking for five more volunteers to join me from February 5th to the 19th, 2019.

        Interested?  Contact me ─ Fr. Bill Hoffman at St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Green Bay. My e-mail address is whoffman@stphilipcong.org   

1) Dominican Republic/ Haiti Missions leadership team:

     a.  Fr. Bill Hoffman, St. Philip the Apostle parish, Green Bay

     b.  Deacon Paul Umentum, St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Green Bay

     c.  Nancy Bourassa, St. Therese Parish, Appleton

     d.  Karen and Jerry Rickert, St. Thomas More Parish, Appleton

     e.  Jim Fitzgerald, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Newton

     f.   Julie Vargas, St. Joseph Parish, Wautoma

     g.  Ken Vande Hey, Freedom

2) Mailing address for:

    a. Volunteer paperwork and payments

    b. All checks and donations

St. Philip the Apostle Parish, 312 Victoria Street, Green Bay, WI 54302

Parish office number (920) 468-7848

   The following paperwork will be required at the first meeting: See below.

           ○ Sign up and Volunteer Agreement Form   

           ○ Medical Form

           ○ Copy of your passport (3 copies)

          "Lord, make me a channel of your peace."   So prayed St. Francis of Assisi… "where there's despair in life, let me bring hope …where there is darkness…let me bring light."  And the miracle of miracles… "it is in giving of ourselves that we receive."   All who have joined our mission trips over the year's remark on the blessings received from working on community projects in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.   Would you be interested in joining us next year?

            Who may go on these trips?  We are women and men, single and married; we have had women religious, permanent deacons and priests join us; most of us are Catholics, but not all; and, ages have ranged from teenagers (accompanied with a parent) to seniors.

            What do we do?  We choose from construction project requests from Catholic parishes in the Diocese of San Juan in the Dominican Republic (and a neighboring parish across the border in Haiti).   In previous years we have helped build small rural chapels and schools, we've added class rooms to larger schools, and rebuilt over 600 school desks.  These projects vary from year to year, but always working alongside members of the local community, doing whatever we can to help.  Some come with construction skills, and the rest of us 'learn on the job.'