In Les Cayes, Haiti, Fr. Marc Boisvert recently held a graduation ceremony for his vocational school class of 2012. What an awesome sight to see these young men and women – who first came to the Cross Catholic Outreach supported Espwa Village as poor, hungry, ragged orphans and vulnerable children – now dressed in caps and gowns to proudly receive their diplomas in front of family and friends. These graduates are Haiti’s future, and they are equipped to rise to the challenge of overcoming poverty.
A true education is more than just a stepping-stone to employment. As Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his message for the celebration of the 2012 World Day of Peace:
Education…means leading young people to move beyond themselves and introducing them to reality, towards a fullness that leads to growth…Today more than ever we need authentic witnesses, and not simply people who parcel out rules and facts; we need witnesses capable of seeing farther than others because their life is so much broader. A witness is someone who first lives the life that he proposes to others.
The students and children at Espwa have an authentic witness in Fr. Marc, who has dedicated his life to serving Haiti’s poor. By the witness of his sacrificial work, and by his exhortation to a life of faith, prayer and charity, they are learning to do more than find jobs. They are learning to become like Christ.
May the Lord guide the hearts and minds of these new graduates.