Our experience and determination have helped us achieve excellence in both responding to immediate needs as well as establishing long term missions in Haiti and Honduras.
Honduras is second only to Haiti as the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. St. Thomas’ roots in Honduras run deep. Father Bill Hudson first connected us with this place and its wonderful people in the late 1980’s.
The Honduran medical mission is our largest global effort. Annually, our parishioners, doctors, veterinarians, and dentists, carry aid to the rural areas of Delicias del Norte.
Our first medical mission was in 1995 and we have made the trek every year since, thanks to the generous support of our Lobsterfest patrons. Lobsterfest is our major avenue of funding for this ministry.
In 2007 the Diocese of Alabama asked St. Thomas to lead a project to develop a mission to our brothers and sisters in Haiti. This relationship has become another key outreach ministry for out parish. The poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti was made unimaginably poorer by the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010. Since then it has become even worse with the onset of diseases like cholera and an estimated 1.2 million people left homeless who line the streets waiting for help that only trickles in.
We do what we can; we help those in front of us whom we can help.