Looking Back

From December 31, 2019

2019 was a very difficult year in Haiti. The violent anti-government protests left many people dead and many buildings burned to the ground. Everything we had to do outside the walls of Santa Chiara—from shuttling kids to hospitals and making twice weekly trips to the supermarket—was a challenge. Yet, by God’s grace and the generous support from many Journal readers, we survived and continued to care for our kids.

Christmas Blessings

From December 24, 2019

My wish for all the faithful Haiti Journal readers this Christmas is simple:
May this be the best Christmas of your life
and that you make a resolution that
the Incarnation be the central reality of your life
because Jesus is not just an historical figure
but he is living in you.
Because of the Incarnation
we know God is with us in our lives,
in our joys, in our sadness,
and in our failures and shortcomings.

Merry Christmas!

The Santa Chiara Christmas Letter

We are preparing for Christmas this year, and the children are so excited! We work hard to have a small gift for each child. This is often the only gift these children receive for the entire year, and the response to such simple toys is extraordinary. We wish you and yours health, happiness and security in the new year.

A Dream Come True

From December 23, 2019

On Saturday night, in a long crazy dream someone told me that Fr. Tom had returned to Haiti. On Sunday morning, I was seated in the back of the chapel at the MC sisters. It was almost 6:30am, and there was no priest. Then I heard the distinctive sound of Fr. Tom’s vehicle enter the compound. When he saw me through the screen door before entering, he smiled broadly.

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