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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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Feting Haiti’s Patron Saint in Little Haiti

Feting Haiti’s Patron Saint in Little Haiti

The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

(p.83) 3 Feting Haiti’s Patron Saint in Little Haiti
Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith

Terry Rey

Alex Stepick

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

NYU Press

This chapter centers on a single week of exuberant religious celebrations at Notre Dame, which concentrates on the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Haiti's patron saint. These celebrations are certainly among the most significant forms of Haitian religious life in North America. If the Haitian presence at the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in New York represents the largest annual religious gathering of Haitians in North America, then the week-long celebrations each June at Notre Dame represents the largest originally Haitian—one that takes place at a venue created by Haitians—religious event in the Haitian diaspora. Of the three sides of the Haitian religious triangle of forces, Catholicism has in many ways enjoyed the smoothest transition in its migration to and settlement in America.

Keywords:   Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Haitian religious life, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Haitian diaspora, Catholicism

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