Sansaricq Haitian bishop
Bishop Guy Sansaricq, who passed away Aug. 21, has been remembered as a faith leader and social servant who fought to advance the Haitian community. Courtesy National Center of the Haitian Apostolate

If there was a chance that any of the 50 or so worshipers gathered at St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church Sunday weren’t intimately familiar with the legacy of late Bishop Guy Sansaricq, they were by the time 10 a.m. mass concluded on Aug. 22.

“It was a solemn day yesterday,” one parishioner said, as worshipers filed out of the church, clutching their umbrellas on an overcast, rainy Sunday. 

The 15-minute homily alone, delivered by Rev. Jean-Augustin François, painted a picture of Sansaricq sure to stay rooted in the minds of the faithful mourning the 86-year-old Haitian community leader, who passed away on Saturday, Aug. 21.

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at or on Twitter @sambojarski.