Thanks to those of you who have asked about our Sisters in Haiti. They live in a different part of Haiti, and while they have felt the aftershocks that affected the southern side of the island they are for the most part safe.

As you no doubt have been following, the earthquake has had devastating effects in Port au Prince. The people of Haiti were already suffering such poverty before the earthquake. Really the earthquake is a disaster upon a disaster.

Our Congregation leadership team sent out this message from Dr. Peter Kelly at the CRUDEM Foundation. CRUDEM is the nonprofit that manages the hospital in Milot, Haiti where our Sisters live and minister:

Thousands are missing or reported dead, buried under rubble in the Port au Prince area with hundreds of buildings including the Presidential palace and the UN headquarters destroyed. Power supplies and communications networks have been severely disrupted.

Hopital Sacre Couer [where our Sisters are], which is located on the opposite side of the country from Port au Prince, was not directly harmed. Many of our patients, staff and the residents of Milot have family and friends in the earthquake striken area. Their concern and grief is immeasurable. In a country where people suffer on a daily basis, this tragedy is beyond comprehension. ...

As the situation becomes clearer and rescue efforts take more form, the hospital and the CRUDEM foundation will decide how best to assist our beloved sisters and brothers in the south of Haiti.

If you are able, please make a financial contribution for emergency assistance.

You can donate to the CRUDEM foundation via their website.

Catholic Relief Services is also on the ground.

God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us.
In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us.
Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti.
Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice.
With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice.

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