The Rev. Marc Boisvert left Lewiston
12 years ago, and knows he will spend
his life – all of it – helping on this island
LES CAYES, Haiti – Saturday morning, as the Rev. Marc Boisvert rode in an SUV through the busy streets of downtown Les Cayes, a young man on a motorcycle pulled up alongside the open window.
“Respe, mon Pere!” the man shouted to Boisvert.
“Merci,” replied Boisvert before the motorcyclist turned sharply and zoomed down a side street.
What had the man said?
“He said, ‘Respect to you, Father,’” Boisvert said.
The compliment was well earned.
He was born and grew up in Lewiston. He went to a seminary high school in Bucksport.
He’s served as pastor at Roman Catholic churches in Castine and Stonington, a chaplain at Maine Maritime Academy and as a Navy chaplain at, of all places, Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
But that’s all in his distant past. Twelve years, three months and six days ago – he knows because it happened on Jan. 1, 1998 – Boisvert left life as he knew it and came to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
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