Bishop Desinord Jean of Hinche, Haiti, who came to the Diocesan Pastoral Center during his visit to the Diocese of Richmond March 31-April 3, stands with James Mwangi, of the Office of Social Ministry, and Diane Atkins of Redeemer Parish, Mechanicsville, chair of the Diocesan Haiti Commission. Bishop Jean was in Virginia to participate in the Office of Social Ministry SHINE event and to visit several parishes in the Diocese of Richmond which have a twinning relationsip with parishes in Haiti to promote solidarity and partnership. Parishes he visited were Our Lady of Nazareth in Roanoke, Holy Family in Virginia Beach and St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlottesville.

“The relationship that exists between the Richmond and the Hinche dioceses is primarily the meeting of two communities that share the same faith and strive to know each other better, to help each other become more Christlike everyday,” he said.

Bishop Jean also celebrated Mass at St. Michael’s, Glen Allen.