A Change in Plans?

A Change in Plans?

From October 28, 2022 On the night of August 2, 2022, I was licking my wounds from an especially bad day in Haiti for me personally. I needed an escape from my inner turmoil. It was in my emotional fragility that I had the idea to watch The Loneliness & Longing of St. Francis of Assisi. The first 35 minutes…

An Egg

An Egg

From October 27, 2022 My faith feels about as fragile as the egg my friend was about to cook. Often during the day, my faith is scrambled by the things I see, the pain so many endure. Sure, I suppose faith plays role in what I am doing (with the help of so many Americans and Haitians), but another factor…

Mitch Albom Nails It

Mitch Albom Nails It

From October 26, 2022 Long time Journal readers are very aware of the friendship I forged in Haiti with the best-selling author Mitch Albom, who runs an orphanage that used to be not far from Santa Chiara. Since the earthquake, Mitch has come to Haiti every month for about a week. His orphanage is more of boarding school. It is…

Catholic Voices in Haiti

Catholic Voices in Haiti

From October 25, 2022 Catholic Relief Services educational and health care programs have been suspended. “Roads areblocked, and [staff] can’t get on the road to go to the office,” Akim Kikonda, the C.R.S. countryrepresentative, told The Associated Press. “There is no gas to drive their cars, and in some cases,there is no internet at the office.” He added: “You can…

Flushing

Flushing

From October 24, 2022 When the women finish doing the laundry, instead of dumping the dirty water down the drain, they store in a barrel. The water is then moved in smaller amounts to the bathrooms on the first floor. The kids will use the dirty water to flush the toilets, thereby saving the trucked-in water from the reservoir. It…

Santa Chiara School

Santa Chiara School

From October 23, 2022 While the rest of Haiti is going to hell in a handbasket, inside Santa Chiara on Saturday morning the young kids are learning to appreciate reading. Because we have no idea when and if the schools will ever reopen, we are planning to start our own school. We have already purchased the books that would have…

Gunfire

Gunfire

From October 20, 2022 Yesterday, afternoon around 1:15, we heard more gunfire from the slum below us. Gabens called me from the electronic store to tell me about the price of the inverter. I told him to get it. An hour later, he was still not home and I began to worry. This is life now. A deep concern about…