Richard Joseph, director of the Bureau of Education for the Diocese of Hinche, Haiti, will visit the Diocese of Richmond, Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Tuesday, Sept. 4, speaking at four regional meetings to discuss education in Haiti and to assist parishes within the diocese that have questions regarding their twinning relationships. Fifty-three parishes have twinning relationships.

Due to his experience as the director/superintendent of Catholic schools, a professor at the Teacher Training College, a secondary school teacher, and as father of two young children attending school in the Hinche area, Joseph can examine Haitian education from a wide range of perspectives.   

To allow as many Haiti ministry members as possible to have the opportunity to speak with Joseph during his visit, the diocese’s Haitian Education Support Team (HEST) has partnered with four local parishes to provide opportunities to gather and share questions, concerns, and information regarding education in Haiti.

According to a release from the diocese’s Office of Social Ministry, “The hope of these gatherings is to try to better support the Richmond area parishes who are in twinning relationships in community or parish schools in Haiti.”    

The regional meetings are:

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. cookout

St. Michael the Archangel Church

4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen


Sunday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m., potluck dinner

Church of the Holy Family

1279 Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach


Thursday, Aug. 30, 6 p.m., reception

St. Thomas Aquinas Church

401 Alderman Road, Charlottesville


Saturday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. potluck

Our Lady of Nazareth Church

2505 Electric Road, Roanoke

In addition to the regional meetings, Joseph will be available for individual consultations regarding education. 

According to the release from Office of Social Ministry, “It is our hope that he can provide answers to many questions related to education in Haiti and the operation, challenges, accomplishments and greatest needs of the Haitian people and the Catholic schools in the Hinche Diocese.” 

Those wanting more information about Joseph’s visit should email HEST at