Haitian Catholic priest Fr Jacky Merilan dies

Fr. Jacky Merilan C.Ss.R
Fr. Jacky Merilan CSsR Parish Priest of St. Joseph

The Catholic Church in Dominica and the Haitian community are saddened at the shocking news of the death of Fr. Jacky Merilan C.Ss.R the parish priest of St. Joseph. He was ordained a priest in 2015 and is a member of the Redemptorist Order.

According to reports reaching Nature Isle News (NIN) Fr. Jacky died suddenly at the St. Clement House in Belfast.

Fr. Jacky Merilan CSsR (39) went to the Lord. Originally from Haiti, Fr. Jacky was a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer and parish priest at St Joseph’s Parish in Dominica. He was ordained in 2015 after graduating from Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry. He was an avid football fan.

An official communiqué from the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province reads as follows.

Dear Brothers & Sisters: It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that our confrere JACKY MERILAN passed away today at St. Clement House in Belfast, Dominica. Jacky had just turned 39 this past May 22nd, 

Once again we as a family mourn for the loss of one of our brothers, especially one who was so young and so active in ministry. 

We pray for his family and friends who are shaken by this news as well as for the community in Belfast, Dominica. 

We lift up in prayer the members of the parish of St. Joseph that Jacky served so faithful over these past years. 

We carry in prayer the numerous Redemptorists who now grieve over the loss of our brother. Funeral arrangements are pending.


  1. This is very sad and heartbreaking.Father Jackie was a very pleasant,kind and friendly individual.Father is in a better place now may he rest in eternal peace

  2. May fr Jackie rest in perfect peace. Condolences to his loved ones, friends and family and the community at large.

  3. My Brother , my friend you are part of my life. I could not forget where we from together , our joyful and sadness moments are unforgettable. How could you live us like this my Bro? Since we met in the missionaries of charity in 1995 , we get close so close ! now you disappear. Our plan to cook again will never happen.
    Thank you life!
    May God takes care of your soul my Little bro!
    May your dusty body rest in peace and your pure soul find its master.

  4. Such a happy and loving person. Always checking on others to be sure that they are ok. His presence brought a happiness to those around him. This is indeed sad.

    On behalf of my mother, my father, my sister and her family, myself and the wider Belfast community, i extend our deepest condolences to all his family, his friends, his parishioners and loved ones and to the fellowship/clergy with whom he served.

    He surely will be missed, but we pray that his soul may be taken into heavenly company to sit with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and with all who sit with them in eternal peace.

    May he rest peacefully!! Amen

  5. The Lord give The Lord take!!!Have Mercy Lord Into your Hands we command his Soul…ROTAS

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