Germain Clerveau, SJ
Germain Clerveau, SJ
Germain Clerveau, SJ, is from the village of Port-Salut in the south of Haiti. His family was active in their parish, St. Dominique, and even as a child, he thought about a religious vocation. Germain was surrounded by family members who were priests and nuns and was influenced by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart and the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, who ran the Catholic schools he attended. After moving to Port-au-Prince to finish his baccalaureate at Lycée Louis Joseph Janvier, he spent time working in a L’Arche community, where people with and without disabilities live together in a mutual relationship. Although Germain had read about the Society of Jesus and was inspired by its mission, he didn’t know any Jesuits and quickly reached out to the Jesuits in Port-au-Prince. Before long, he was living in a Jesuit community as a candidate and teaching at St. Mary’s, a primary school in Port-au-Prince. Accepted as a novice in 2006, Germain worked with the elderly and disabled in Léogane and spent several months working in a rural parish in Bombardopolis. Missioned in 2008 to the Dominican Republic, he earned a license in philosophy and humanity from Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo and certificates in Dominican-Haitian bi-national relations and human rights and intercultural studies. Germain also worked in a parish with Haitian migrants and helped start a publication in Creole for the migrant community. After four years, he was missioned back to Haiti to work for Foi et Joie, a network of schools started by the Jesuits. He also taught secondary school at Collège St-Ignace, helped start a publication to share the Gospel in Creole and worked for the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Haiti. In 2014, Germain was missioned to Québec, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Université Laval; worked with the Latino community at Notre-Dame-De-Foy parish; earned a diploma in spirituality and accompaniment from Centre de Spiritualité Manrèse; and worked on a radio program for Spanish-speaking Catholics. Last year, he was missioned to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he is studying for a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a Master of Theology degree while working as a deacon at St. Patrick Parish in Oakland, California. After being ordained this August, Germain will celebrate his first Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish of St. Dominique. (French Canada Province)





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Mission Magazine - Fall 2018

Mission Magazine - Spring 2018

Mission Magazine - Fall 2017


Companions
Fall, 2018

Companions
Summer, 2018

Companions
Fall, 2017




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