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Crossing the Water and Keeping the FaithHaitian Religion in Miami$
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Terry Rey and Alex Stepick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777084

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777084.001.0001

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The Haitian Catholic Church in Miami

The Haitian Catholic Church in Miami

When the Saints Go Sailing In

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Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith

Terry Rey

Alex Stepick

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the Notre Dame d'Haiti Catholic Church in Little Haiti, which is arguably the most significant cultural institution in the Haitian diaspora, and introduces coverage of relevant periods of Haitian political history as part of illustrating some of the “push” forces that led to the creation of the Haitian diaspora. Haitian immigrants have flocked to Notre Dame for solidarity and prayer, whether in the midst of turmoil or in the struggle to survive in a “host” society that never wanted them. Events such as the plenary session of the Haitian Catholic Bishop's Conference and the Jericho Revival are reminders to all of the Notre Dame faithful that helping Haiti through its gravest catastrophe since slavery is as much a spiritual as it is a material effort. Despite several challenges, Notre Dame remains an indelibly joyful, spiritual, and inspirational sanctuary of Catholic faith.

Keywords:   Notre Dame d'Haiti Catholic Church, Little Haiti, Haitian diaspora, Haitian immigrants, Haitian Catholic Bishop's Conference, Jericho Revival, Catholic faith

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