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Well, we had a great feast day here today in Haiti.  Fr. Yves Etienne and I concelebrated the 6:30AM Ste. Rose parish Mass, and since then (it is now after midnight); one of the rhythmic but plaintive Haitian Marian anthems from the post-communion reflection period has been going thru my head.  Going thru my head, […]

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Another wonderful ceremony as we restarted* the tradition of an Easter Vigil at Ste. Rose de Lima in Leogane, Haiti. There were over 30 baptisms, and we all have high hopes and fond prayers for these newest Christians . . . two of whom are pictured here. Despite still not having a church since the […]

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Prayers for Fr. Joe

Before leaving again for Haiti, I stopped by the Loyola Medical Center ICU room of Fr. Joe Walter, whom I had enjoyed dinner with on Tuesday last, but who had been taken ill with an aortic aneurysm on Thursday evening. Fr. Joe is really struggling, and knowing how he has savored his independance over the […]

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JMJ Feast of St. Stephen, Protomartyr 26 December 2011 Dear friends and co-workers: Diana Green’s photo of a Haitian child with Santa’s hat, sent last week from our campus office, was just too cute . . . I didn’t even want to try to compete with that photo for your attention, or with her very nice Christmas […]

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Funeral of Fr. Ronal

I concelebrated with 3 bishops and over 60 priests today the funeral of The Rev. Pere Ronal Flervil at St. Bernadette Church in Port-au-Prince. Pere Ronal was the pastor of St. Gabriel’s in Beausajour, the community located at the top of the highest point in the Leogane commune (the funeral was held at Ste. Bernadette […]

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A Storm Named Tomas

URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Well, as a Tomas myself, I’m praying tonight that my name does not become more famous. The scope of suffering from a direct hit by a major storm on an already and still reeling Haiti is UNIMAGINABLE. I am thinking of the tent encampments of “internally displaced persons,” (a.k.a. that’s ‘folks’) — […]

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