Oge Beauvoir becomes Haiti's bishop suffragan

A Trinity Wall Street report confirms that the Rev. Canon Oge Beauvoir became the first bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Haiti on May 22, 2012 during a service in the open-air cathedral of diocese. He was the dean of the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Port-au-Prince prior to become the bishop suffragan.


On November 25 of the last year Oge Beauvoir was elected to become the first bishop suffragan. The important election was held at Ascension Church in Carrefour, a suburb of Port-au-Prince where he was elected on the second ballot with 25 priest votes and 68 lay votes.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori led the ordination and consecration service in presence of one thousand people which lasted for four hours. The preacher of the consecration was the rector of Trinity Wall Street, New York, where Oge once worked, The Rev. James Cooper. Cooper urged the people during preaching near the wreckages of the diocesan cathedral devastated in the earthquake in 2010 to observe the day as of high hopes when cast down things will be raised up.

During his sermon Cooper told the bishop suffragan Beauvoir "When I'm with you, driving around, you're taking calls from one of your two cell phones." Cooper also added, "The call today is not on your cell phone. It's from the Episcopal Church and from the one God and Father of us all." There was a number of Episcopal Church bishops presented at the service. A high-ranking Vodou priestess along with a representative of the Roman Catholic Church in Haiti also attended the service.

The Greater North Region of Haiti is the headquarter of the new bishop suffragan. Oge Beauvoir was installed in Cap-Haitiaen on Pentecost on May 27. He will help Bishop Diocesan Jean Zaché Duracin who serves the people as well as clergy of the diocese, the largest diocese numerically in the Episcopal Church. Following the Duracin's request for bishop suffragan, diocesan standing committees and the majority of bishops gave their consent to install the bishop suffragan.

There were some criteria set for the nominees to participate in the election for the position. Nominee must be 35 years old and has lived or/and has known links with Diocese of Haiti over the last ten years. In addition, nominee must have been in charge of a mission or institution of the Church and ordinate for at least 10 years. Filling up all the criteria, Oge Beauvoir run for the election and won over two other candidates, the Rev. Noé Bernier and the Rev. Joseph Jean Jeannot.

Though Oge Beauvoir, 55, was born in Gros-Morne, Haiti, he studied in a Montreal university. He also earned seminary degrees from Montreal and became a priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. Former Diocese of New York Bishop Richard Grein received him in 2000 into the Episcopal Church. Between 1999 and 2004 he used to be a program associate in the Trinity Grants program. Prior to becoming bishop suffragan, he had been a missionary, appointed by Episcopal Church since 2004.

Oge Beauvoir, bishop, suffragan, Haiti
The position of bishop suffragan in Haiti has been filled by Oge Beauvoir.

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