Worcester Parish to help Immaculate Conception Parish in Les Anglais

The prosperous Christ the King Parish (CKP) of Worcester has voted to subsidize Immaculate Conception Parish (ICP) in the poorer town of Les Anglais. Before the parish council met to vote on the matter, the church made an outreach to their parishioners with a letter informing them of the proposal being discussed. The majority of parishioners were decidedly enthusiastic about the twinning of the two parishes.


Les Anglais, a fertile farming community, is subject to hurricane activity, which repeatedly damages its infrastructure, and has been in need of support for some time. With a monthly donation of $600.00, ICP School will receive tuition, teachers' pay, textbooks, and a hot meal.

CKP's pastor, Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan, said the idea of supporting ICP had been discussed for several months at council meetings. The process was transparent, with invitations extended to the community to attend and give input. Other parishes in the region, particularly St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury, who have twinned successfully, also came to talk about the benefits of twinning.

Once the parish council voted their approval, Msgr. Sullivan signed the agreement, with signatories Sister Marie Judith Dupuy, Director of Worcester Diocese, and Janet R. Rauktis, Parish Council Chair.

In addition to the monetary support for ICP School, DKP parishioner and volunteer, Kathleen Gadbois, will hold a four-hour workshop to show ICP teachers new ways of teaching math to students, who don't learn well by the rote method.

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