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University Mourns Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot


Fordham University mourns the passing of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot, who died on Jan. 12 in the earthquake that devastated Haiti.

“It almost seems unfair to single out one death in the ongoing catastrophe that has afflicted the Haitian people,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University. “Yet in losing Archbishop Miot, Haiti is deprived of his pastoral care just when it is most needed. We pray for the soul of the Archbishop, and for the people of Haiti, who have lost their Good Shepherd, along with so much else.”

Archbishop Miot, who was the ninth archbishop of Port-au-Prince, was buried on Saturday, Jan. 23, immediately following a Funeral Mass presided by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, leader of the Archdiocese of New York and chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS).

Archbishop Miot enrolled in the ESL Institute at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus in the fall of 1995 and completed a course in American Language and Culture as a non-degree student.

In addition to presiding over the funeral, Archbishop Dolan expressed solidarity with CRS workers, most of whom are Haitian.

“The only vocabulary that I have, of course, is the vocabulary of faith, and I’ve found myself experiencing profoundly both the sorrow, the tragedy, the darkness of death of Good Friday and the light, the radiance and hope in the resurrection of Easter Sunday,” Archbishop Dolan said.


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