Since our involvement beginning in 2002, our Haiti mission teams have learned that, more than money, real change requires time and commitment to build on each year's progress. Over the years, we set aside small amounts of funds to pay for maintenance of water projects, diesel generator, electrical system (very large batteries, etc.) and the Clinic. Over the years, the fund proved to be useful and it grew. When Fr. Andre's sorrowful truck became worrisome, we asked him when his archdiocese would apply for a replacement—such is the process.READ MORE
We are pleased to report that due to the overwhelming generosity over the years from you, the parishioners, we were able to purchase Father Andre a much needed new (to him) truck. The truck is vital to both Father Andre and the community. His current truck is to the point where repairs are needed almost weekly. In Haiti, they don't have the means or ability to fix vehicles as we can here. They have to pull parts from other cars and do makeshift repairs just to get by. Recently one of his tires actually came off while he was driving!READ MORE
We have two teams that are planning trips to Haiti. The first team willleave in early February to supervise the building of a house, trainmidwives and investigate the feasibility of solar energy to bringelectricity to other buildings in the church compound. The team members are Marla West, Mike Jones, Jim Centanni and Rusty Vance. Our Haitianbrothers will make the concrete blocks by hand using forms. This will require 3weeks to do. When the team arrives, Fr. Andre will have the builders ready to work.At the same time, Marla will work with midwives and staff from the MaternityCenter. Mike will be busy taking photos of the school children. Jim and Rusty will bemeasuring, determining where solar panels can be placed and estimate the numberof panels needed. Please offer your prayers for these team members. As always,team members pay all costs for their travel, room and board.
Pope Francis calls us to open our eyes to God's tenderness so that, "We too will become more capable of mercy, patience, forgiveness, and love."
In response, we have two teams that are planning trips to Haiti. The first team will leave in early February to supervise the building of a house, train midwives and investigate the feasibility of solar energy to bring electricity to other buildings in the church compound.READ MORE