Fundraiser Fuels Rebuilding of Dominican Church

dominican-churchDr. Montgomery Douglas took on an ambitious project in his Self-Expression and Leadership Program: the rebuilding of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church in the Domincan Republic which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2004. By partnering with the Knight of Columbus, Douglas’ first fundraiser brought in $7,500 towards the rebuilding. This was covered in a story in Dominica News.

New York based Dominicans Raise Funds for Portsmouth Catholic Church

A fundraiser in New York to raise funds for the construction of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Church brought in US$7500.

Doctor Montgomery Douglas partnered with the Knights of Columbus last week to host the event.

The church was destroyed by an earthquake in 2004.

The dinner/show/dance, which was held on Saturday evening, April 25 at the Pope John Paul II Family and Youth Centre of the St. Joseph Church in Hewlett Long Island, New York, was attended by 85 persons.  The event featured singers, dancers, art, food and music, all from Dominica. Monsignor John-Lewis, of the Diocese of Roseau, was also in attendance.

Dr. Douglas invited the audience to encourage others to support what he wants to be a one-year campaign to raise half a million US dollars to help rebuild the church. He created the project while participating in a Landmark Education leadership program.

“Each and every member of my family baptized, made First Communion, and confirmed there,” said Dr. Douglas, who is 15 of a family of 16.

“The original church, which dates back to the middle of the 19th century, was a national historic landmark. Catholics of Portsmouth currently do not have an adequate facility in which to worship,” he added.

The event was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus’ Father Farrell Council.

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