Msgr. Jean Pierre was ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1988, as the first Haitian priest for the Archdiocese of Miami. Until his retirement in 2022, he pastored four parishes, as an associate pastor for nine years and pastor for 25 years.
He left Haiti in 1979 to study English at the American Language and Culture Institute in New York City, and the following year he studied theology at the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto, receiving his master’s degree in divinity. He spent one year in Guadalajara, Mexico, to learn Spanish.
He has remained an avid advocate for his beloved Haiti. His efforts to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the victims of the 2010 earthquake were “part of the archdiocese’s response to the victims … in solidarity with the bishops of Port-au-Prince.” While in parish ministry, Msgr. Jean Pierre earned his master’s degree in mental health counseling from St. Thomas University. He has held the positions of Director for the Propagation of the Faith and Director of Ethnic Ministry, and has been a member of the Presbyteral Council, the Archdiocesan Personnel Board, and the Archdiocesan Finance Council.
Msgr. Jean Pierre believes that being an outreach priest for Cross Catholic Outreach will allow him to fulfill his missionary calling on behalf of the poor and suffering in our world.