The 180 Crew
Sean Forrest began his ministry as a full-time youth minister in Connecticut. In January of 2000, Sean founded Movin’ With The Spirit, Inc. (MWTS), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to boldly proclaiming God’s eternal truth and love. Since then, he has had the opportunity to speak to hundreds of thousands of teens and adults across the country and internationally.
Called to serve God’s poor in a radical way while on a mission trip to Haiti in 2002, Sean returned to the States and mobilized a team to help alleviate the suffering of the Haitian people. Aptly named Haiti180, the organization is on fire to help turn the impoverished island nation around.
Sean and his group built and now operate a vibrant orphanage and have been housing, feeding, and caring for children and villagers in desperate need of support. They have also constructed and are running a state-of-the-art school, are building a medical facility, and making plans for an elderly home.
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Fr. Louis Merosne always had a love for Haiti. He was born there but moved to the United States in 1993. He talks about how, even though he grew up very poor, his parents always taught him to love God and help the poor.
After completing his studies at the Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), he returned to Boston in order to work to pay off his student loans so he could join Blessed Mother’s Teresa’s priestly order, the Missionaries of Charity Fathers in Mexico. God seemed to have other plans.
In 2011, Louis became “Father Louis” as a priest in the Diocese of Anse-à-Veau and Miragoâne! God made it clear to him that his calling was in Haiti, but his time preparing to go to Mexico afforded him an opportunity for detachment. Always expressing gratitude to the Blessed Mother for guiding and protecting his vocation, he now continues to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to love the poor in Haiti and, occasionally, in the US and other countries. To find out more about Father Louis visit missionadgentes.com.
Katie Herrmann has been living in Haiti for the past four years, faithfully serving the mission. She grew up in Steubenville, Ohio, in a large family, so caring for the many children at Kay Mari is a perfect fit. Katie graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in History, but knew it was the Lord’s calling to go and serve the people of Haiti. She has boldly and lovingly answered that call.
She would much rather listen than speak, and one of her favorite things to do is sit with the elderly in their tiny, beautiful homes eating mangos and listening to them reminisce about life. Most days around the orphanage you can hear Katie singing — her soothing voice the background music to everyone’s routine.
Katie is heroic in her selflessness and truly is a light anywhere she goes. Not much can fluster her; not even having all 23 kids in her care at church. Katie is a homebody, and once she settles in somewhere, her dedication is unmatchable — a reality not lost on the children, who love and trust her with all their hearts. Come meet Katie and see her beauty and faithfulness first hand, as she does her part to help the children of Kay Mari and all of those in the villages to know God’s love and to thrive.
As housekeeper, I feel such a joy to be able to work with and for these children of Kay Mari. It is a joy because you are constantly surrounded by children that love you and respect you are their true family, their true mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters. It is a blessing to be that mother in place of the mother they lost. This mission makes my heart truly happy, a happiness that comes simply from being able to do what is good for the children!
It is a blessing to work with the children of Kay Mari. In the kitchen, i see the kids all day long, coming in and out, snacking and needing love! It is humbling to think that Sean and the Haiti180 team come from so far to help our own children, our own Haitian brothers and sisters. So much more should we as Haitians do all that we can to love and support them. I put myself in the same position. My own children could have been orphaned if i had died when they were little. So i treat them with love, always keeping that in mind. I adopted these kids and this team as my own family!
When you ask me why I love this mission, there are so many things to say! The most obvious reason is the kids. Although they are not my true sons and daughters, I love them as if they were my very own. I love Haiti180 and the work it is able to give me, especially stability and hope. I truly appreciate my role as care-taker for these children and known that God has placed me here. It is also a blessing to work with Sean and the rest of the staff because of the love that we all share for each other.
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