Adapted from Food for the Poor
The board of directors for Food for the Poor–Haiti has named Bishop Ogé Beauvoir as executive director of the Haiti office. He will be responsible for the charity’s operations within the country and provide a vital link to the organization in the United States. The appointment is effective on May 1.
Bishop Beauvoir brings a depth of knowledge about the country, having been born there and then serving in the country as a missionary and priest. He was educated in Canada, receiving degrees at the Université de Montreal and the Montréal Diocesan Theological College. Ordained as a priest by the Anglican Church of Canada, he then returned to Haiti and worked as a leader in education before traveling as a missionary in Africa and the Middle East.
“I look forward to working with FFP to help reduce poverty in Haïti and to empower families,” said Bishop Beauvoir.
He is currently bishop-in-charge of the Northern Region of the Diocese of Haiti, a role he will relinquish when he begins work with Food for the Poor.
“In collaborating with Bishop Ogé Beauvoir through the church in Haiti, we have seen firsthand how he pours his heart and soul into work on behalf of the poor,” said Robin Mahfood, president and CEO. “He truly is a man of the people, and as we have walked with him through slums and prisons, we have witnessed his compassion and dedication to improve the lives of the people in his country. We are tremendously pleased to have him join our work at Food for the Poor.”
Biretta tip: Canon Mark Harris at Preludium, who adds this observation:
It is reported from other sources that Beauvoir has at his own request asked to take a leave of absence from his position in the Diocese of Haiti.
Bishops asking to [take] a leave of absence in order to take up employment elsewhere is apparently something not contemplated in the Constitution and Canons. Resignation from a jurisdiction requires approval of the House of Bishops.
Bishop Beauvoir was ordained bishop in Haiti May 22, 2012.
File photo of Bishop Beauvoir courtesy of Episcopal News Service