It has been six months since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Some Maryknoll Affiliates have already been back there (we hope to have something to post from them soon). In the meantime, here are some suggested things to read.
Renate Schneider recommended reading Where's Haiti's Bailout?
Yvette Connell, who is going with a friend to Haiti to help a couple who are caring for orphans who are HIV positive, shared the article below (click on Read more…).
You may also want to view this video from Democracy Now: "When Everybody Comes and Has a Solution For Haiti It Only Creates a Problem" - Sister Mary Finnick on Recovery Efforts
Los Afiliados de Maryknoll de Mérida aparecieron en el periodico Diario del Yucatán después de celebrar el jubileo de Maryknoll y una ceremonia de aceptación de una nueva Afiliada, Nelly Asunción Adra Pech.
In an effort to promote discussion and address myths and stereotypes that surround the hot-button issues of immigration, the Maryknoll Speakers Series presented Faces of Immigration. The forum was sponsored by the Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter of Westchester. The presentations were be followed by a question and answer, and audience discussion period. Click on Read more to view the video.
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On October 18, 2009, the New York City Subway Chapter spent time reflecting on the meaning of mission for Mission Sunday. Mary D'Arcy prepared the following questions.
We all have a keen interest in mission and in other cultures. What form of expression does this take in our present lives? Does our affiliation with Maryknoll fulfill some of that?
What toes mission mean to each of us? What essential words captivate that meaning? How has it been experienced in our lives in the past? How is it expressed in our Chapter today? How can we be more in tune with what mission is today?
Do you have a mission story to share with us?
The NCR posted the following:
Pauline Books & Media has posted an online free ePrayerbook of English, and some French, prayers for Haiti at this time. anyone can use the prayers... the permission is there. It can be downloaded from www.pauline.org or from this link http://www.pauline.org/FreeEbookofPrayersforHaiti/tabid/375/Default.aspx
You can also download it from our website here.
Marie Dennis passed this on to us:
Pax Christi International (PCI) is looking for a Fund Development Officer who will coordinate and develop, in accordance with the organisation’s specific nature, PCI’s capacities and skills to obtain funds for global development, programmes and projects from different donors worldwide, such as the European Commission, foundations in Europe and the USA , NGO development organizations, religious congregations, and others.
For more information about tasks, requirements, deadlines and procedures, visit our website:
Fr. Paul Lansu
Pax Christi International
Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains 21
B-1000 Bruxelles - Belgium
Office Phone: +32 (0)2 502 55 50 - Direct Phone ++32-(0)2 213 49 11- Fax: +32 (0)2 502 46 26
Mobile Phone ++32-(0)475 38 21 70
While Maryknoll has never had an official presence in Haiti, many Maryknoll Affiliates have had connections there. Please click on "Read more" to see what some of them have shared so far. They have also made some suggestions for agencies to which you can send contributions to help. There are a number of lists out there that you can check out. Because of the devastation to the Catholic Church in Haiti, (see what was sent to us by USCMA) you can also be sure there will be efforts through local parishes and diocese.
We also invite you to share your own stories, connections, thoughts or concerns about what is happening in Haiti. Just click on "Add New Comment" at the bottom of the article to do so (you must be logged in) or add your thoughts and comments on our Facebook page.
The US Catholic Mission Association sent out the following news on Haiti:
A follow-up email can be read by clicking on "Read more…"
We have just received terrible news from Haiti.
In addition to the massive property destruction from the earthquake, the church lost our archbishop there and - so far - over 100 priests.
We are having a special noon Mass today for them.
This is the worst earthquake reported in Haiti in over 200 years.
We just received the following news from Renate Schneider. Those who know Renate know she has worked in Haiti. As you can read below, she has recently returned from there. We will keep you posted on anything else Renate might share.
I arrived in Chicago at one o'clock this morning. 45 minutes after my plane took off from Port au Prince, the earthquake happened. I am fine but devastated by the events. I was going to write a very positive report about my trip, mentioning many areas where progress can be measured, and now this. There had been progress made on infrastructures, roads were being repared and security was much improved. And then this. Neeedless to say I am devastated. I have been unable to get news from friends in Haiti, but even Jacmel, a seaside town has been hit, buildings collapsed and so far about 30 people died there which is quite a distance from PAP. As I know more I will let you know.
Let's stay strong and in prayer for the people of Haiti.