Homily Second Sunday of Easter (April 14, 2013)
Goodbye Monsignor François Marie Wolf Ligondé. The news of the passing of Monsignor Ligondé, the first Haitian archbishop of the archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, shows us once again how much our pilgrimage on earth is ephemeral and the importance of giving ourselves completely to God because all is vanity.
Monsignor Ligondé, one of the great figure of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti in the 70s and 80s, is reputed as a very marian archbishop, a very sincere man of the church. He had the misfortune to exercise his ministry during one of the hardest periods in our history. He had the misfortune to exercise his ministry during one of the hardest period of our history. The fierce dictatorship that raged in the country weighed heavily on his ability to act. He sacrificed himself to save the Church of Haiti from the abuse of a monstrous and threatening regime. No one knew how to understand it. He did everything in his power to encourage vocations to the priesthood and to assist the priests of his diocese. Father Garcia Breneville, former Dean of major seminary Notre Dame Haiti, in an interview with Radio Télé Solidarité told us that the late Monsignor Ligondé is a man passionate about God and the Church, a bishop who has a great love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and his Haitian brothers and sisters. It is not surprising that he died on the day the Church celebrated the Feast of the Incarnation. As to Father Désinor, General Manager of Radio Télé Soleil and spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, he tells us that the late Monsignor Ligondé was a model pastor for the priests of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, and the Catholic Church of Haiti. He added that Monsignor Ligondé is the Father of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, emphasizing his great love for the peasants of Haiti.
It should be mentioned that the death of Monsignor Ligondé is a very hard blow for Sister Dona Bélizaire, his secretary and founder of the Sisters of Nazareth, and her congregation.
His Excellency, Bishop Guy Sansaricq and Father Yvon Pierre, in union with the National Center’s staff, extend their sincere condolences to the family of Monsignor François Ligondé, the bishops and archbishops of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti, to the people of God of the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince. May God welcome Bishop Ligondé to his paradise!
Brother Buteau (Brother Tob) for the National Center