Spiritan News

Spiritan Priest Subject of Documentary

HOUSTON,TX —  May 31,2016

Documenting over three decades of service to the poor by Fr. Joseph Philippe, CSSp. , the film is being screened at selected film festivals in the U.S. and Europe.


Father Joseph established Haiti’s largest micro-credit bank for the poor (Fonkoze), which has given literacy training and financial opportunity to hundreds of thousands of peasant women and their families. He also founded a 700-student K-14 school, an orphanage, a clean water project, a reforestation program, a health clinic, and a radio station; he has built dozens of homes, and he created the University of Fondwa, Haiti’s first rural college. Along the way, several of Father Joseph’s friends and colleagues were murdered because of their work for the poor. Almost all of Father Joseph’s 25 years of work was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake, but he is rebuilding with an inspiring humor and determination.

“I have spent the last 30 years of my life working to empower the rural poor in Haiti to transform their lives and to teach them to give back,” says Fr. Joseph. “My spirituality is based on giving back.”

The film will be screened in Houston on Sunday June 19, 2016 @3pm at The Match, 3400 Main St. 77002. Tickets are $10.