A volunteer of the Missionaries of the Poor Community
Oscar serves as a tour guide, electrician, plumber and all around handy-man for the Missionaries of the Poor. Every morning Oscar comes out to the Asile Communal to begin his day helping around the mission, beginning with mopping all the buildings. Since he started serving as a lay person alongside the Missionaries of the Poor at Cap-Haïtien the brothers have seen Oscar grow in his Catholic faith. Thus, Missionaries of the Poor have impacted Oscar so positively he has brought up his three daughters to be faithful Catholics as well.
A Bethlehem Home resident served by the Missionaries of the Poor
When Bonne was just eight years old he was brought to the Missionaries of the Poor by the police. They had found little Bonne roaming around in the streets and they quickly realized he was mentally disabled. Instead of turning him back over to the streets where he could be easily preyed on by gangs and criminals the police knew he would be safest with the Missionaries of the Poor. The brothers found out that Bonne’s mother had abandoned him. His mental condition was too much for her to handle and his medical care had become too expensive. With nowhere to turn, she made the heart breaking decision to leave him to the streets to care for himself. In the beginning Bonne was restless and unhappy with the Missionaries of the Poor: crying day and night. Once he realized the missionary brothers were helping him he improved. Now the brothers take him to therapy at the psychiatric hospital three hours away to receive treatments twice a month where he has been able to relax his tense mental state. The brothers teach Bonne the Catholic faith, and he is beginning to thrive in such a loving community.
Fr. John Engay Funtanares, MOP
Missionary of the Poor
Missionary of the Poor Fr. John joined the religious order on March 25, 1995. Originally from the Philippines Fr. John, MOP was ordained in 2011 in Haiti. He has been serving alongside the poor in Cap-Haïtien since 2000. We asked Fr. John what the biggest impact he has seen the mission have on the community in Haiti and he replied, "(this) mission gives hope to the people seeing and knowing that someone is there for them and suffers with them in their pains." Fr. John shared that the volunteers who come to the community have so many different backgrounds and work and live among them day in and day out and it has helped them learn what family truly means.