Joseph Serge Miot

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The Most Reverend
Joseph Serge Miot
Archbishop of Port-au-Prince
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Province Port-au-Prince
Diocese Port-au-Prince
Installed 1 March 2008
Term ended 12 January 2010
Predecessor François-Wolff Ligondé
Successor Guire Poulard
Ordination 4 July 1975
Consecration 12 October 1997
Personal details
Born (1946-11-23)23 November 1946
Jérémie, Haiti
Died 12 January 2010(2010-01-12) (aged 63)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Buried Lilavois Cemetery
Nationality Haitian
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Styles of
Joseph Miot
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor

Joseph Serge Miot (23 November 1946 – 12 January 2010[1]) was a Haitian archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the ninth Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, serving from 2008 until his death as a result of the 12 January 2010 earthquake.


Miot was born in Jérémie, Grand'Anse on November 23, 1946. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1975 in the Diocese of Jérémie.[2]

On July 29, 1997, he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Port-au-Prince by Pope John Paul II,[2] because the people had been displeased with Archbishop François-Wolff Ligondé's supposed encouragement of the coup movement — the archdiocesan offices were burned in retribution.[clarification needed][citation needed] Archbishop Miot received his episcopal consecration on the following October 12 from Archbishop Christophe Pierre, with Archbishops François Gayot, SMM, and Ligondé serving as co-consecrators.[2]

During his tenure, he denounced the incarceration of Fr. Gérard Jean-Juste by the government of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue;[3] Miot later suspended Father Jean-Juste after the priest disobeyed orders to not present himself as a political candidate.[citation needed]

Miot succeeded Ligondé, becoming the ninth Archbishop of Port-au-Prince[2] upon the latter's resignation[citation needed] on March 1, 2008.

The Port-au-Prince Cathedral, archdiocese offices, and many other churches were destroyed by the earthquake on January 12, 2010. Miot was killed when the force of the quake threw him off his balcony at the papal nunciature. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese, said that he originally sought an immediate burial for Miot, but that it would have conflicted with local tradition.[4] Miot was buried at Lilavois Cemetery on Saturday, January 23, 2010 immediately after his funeral Mass.[5] Celebrants presiding at the funeral Mass included Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the board of Catholic Relief Services; Thomas Wenski, Bishop of Orlando; and Archbishop Bernardito Auza.[6]

Episcopal succession[edit]

Episcopal lineage
Consecrated by: Christophe Pierre
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Joseph Gontrand Décoste October 18, 2009

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Haiti earthquake: devastation emerges". BBC News. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Joseph Serge Miot". David M. Cheney. Retrieved January 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ Concannon Jr., Brian (December 2004). "One Down, 700 To Go". Institute For Justice & Democracy in Haiti. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Papal nuncio gives dramatic report on Church in Haiti". Denver, Colorado: Catholic News Agency. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-01-16. 
  5. ^ "Funeral held for Haitian archbishop". CNN. January 24, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Haitian Clergy Mourned at Funeral Mass". Catholic Relief Services. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 

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Preceded by
François-Wolff Ligondé
Archbishop of Port-au-Prince
Succeeded by
Guire Poulard