This spring, the Little Sisters of St. Therese in Haiti elected Sister Denise Desil as mother general. Mother Denise, a frequent visitor to Portland, is a midwife who speaks on healthy birthing in developing nations.
For many years, Mother Denise applied her training as a midwife in rural Haiti. She survived a building collapse in the 2010 earthquake and last year's Hurricane Matthew.
With the help of donors, she has maintained a clinic for prenatal and postnatal care. More recently she has developed a learning center where men and women study to earn a living as tailors and seamstresses.
As mother general, she will focus on formation for dozens of young sisters and an infirmary for aging sisters.