Refugee Sponsorship

Refugee Sponsorship 

This year the world marked the 25th Anniversary of the horrific Rwandan genocide.  As a result of this, we have in our parish three brothers Patrick, Fiacre and Fraterne who fled their country with their parents and have lived most of their lives in refugee camps. These young men were young boys when they were separated from their parents and spent the next 14 years together in a refugee camp in Malawi.              Fraterne was sponsored by WUSC (World University Service of Canada) and was the first to come to Halifax in 2016 to study at Dalhousie.  Fraterne found his way to St. Thomas Aquinas church and is still a faithful altar server.   He was determined to get his brothers out of the camp and after exploring several avenues eventually plucked up the courage to approach Father Mark Cherry.  The request was brought to the Refugee Committee and the rest is history.  Patrick and Fiacre’s applications were submitted in June, 2018 and they arrived in July, 2019 (we were told that it would take about 27 months).  Fraterne told his story at St. Thomas Aquinas in June and many were moved by his depth of faith and hope.  On the weekend of December 7th and 8th at all four Masses, the story will be retold.  The parish as their sponsor is responsible for providing financial support for their first year in Canada and we are depending on your generosity.  There will be envelopes at both Churches.  Thank you.