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His Excellency The Most Rev. 
Joseph Serge Miot
Archbishop of Port-au-Prince
Province Port-au-Prince
Diocese Port-au-Prince
Enthroned March 1, 2008
Reign ended January 12, 2010
Predecessor François-Wolff Ligondé
Ordination July 4, 1975
Consecration October 12, 1997
Personal details
Born November 23, 1946(1946-11-23)
Jérémie, Haiti
Died January 12, 2010 (aged 63)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Nationality  Haitian
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Styles of
Joseph Serge Miot
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor
Posthumous style not applicable

Joseph Serge Miot (November 23, 1946 – January 12, 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 2010 Haiti earthquake. The archdiocese's chancellor was also reportedly killed in the earthquake.



Miot was born in Jérémie, Grand'Anse Department on November 23, 1946. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1975 and served as priest in his hometown of Jérémie.[2]

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

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

Miot succeeded Ligondé as the ninth Archbishop of Port-au-Prince upon the latter's resignation on March 1, 2008.

The Port-au-Prince Cathedral, archdiocese offices, and many other churches were destroyed in the 2010 Haiti earthquake on January 12, 2010. The Archbishop's body was found in the Archdiocesan Chancery building, which had been destroyed. He had been on the balcony of his office waiting for someone so they could go to a ceremony and was hurled off the balcony to the ground and killed on impact. His body was taken to the coastal city of St. Marc, Haiti, because there was no electricity in the capital area. The Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, wanted the body buried quickly because of the circumstances.[1][4][5]

Episcopal succession

Episcopal Lineage
Consecrated by: Christophe Pierre
Date of consecration: {{{date of consecration}}}
Consecrator of
Bishop Date of consecration
Joseph Gontrand Décoste October 18, 2009


  1. ^ a b "Haiti earthquake: devastation emerges". BBC News. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.  
  2. ^ "Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved 2010-01-13.  
  3. ^ Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. One Down, 700 To Go December 2004
  4. ^ "Archbishop of Port-Au-Prince Dies in Haiti Quake". New York Times/Associated Press. January 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-13.  
  5. ^ "Port-au-Prince archbishop among dead in earthquake". National Catholic Recorder. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-13.  

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Preceded by
François-Wolff Ligondé
Archbishop of Port-au-Prince
Succeeded by
Sede vacante


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