You may notice a new face around town and at Sacred Heart Church. Father Mathieu Isaac is new to Suffield and will be in residence at the Sacred Heart Rectory.
Father Mathieu Isaac came to the United States from Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake, and he returns to Haiti annually. He has had assignments in numerous Connecticut parishes since being ordained on May 12, 2012, in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. His congregants have benefited from his participation in their communities through his guidance, experience, education, and ability to converse in four languages. Father Mathieu Isaac now comes to Suffield to begin a prison ministry at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Facility. He is taking 12 weeks of preparatory instruction for working in the facility.
Father works with prisoner groups Monday through Thursday. His goal is to help inmates see life differently and know that a fresh beginning is possible. He tailors his approach to best guide those to whom he ministers, while continuing to remind them that God’s grace is available to all. He recommends resources available to the prison population and helps with understanding how to use that information to take positive steps toward that new start. This work has special meaning for him given his work with a justice and peace group in Haiti. Haiti’s prison conditions rank among the worst in the world while those in the U.S. afford an opportunity to start again.
Please welcome Father when you see him in town. He looks forward to meeting the community and becoming an active member of the Suffield family. He would appreciate your prayers of support for both himself and those he seeks to lift up. “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth,” and “prayer touches the deepest hurts of those who feel so lost, lonely, and unwanted by the world.”
Father Mathieu Isaac would be happy to answer any questions – The Sacred Heart Rectory Office number is 860-668-4246.