Monthly Archives: October 2013

It’s hard to say goodbye…

As you all know, the little family that has lived below us is moving. This is a difficult goodbye, especially for Cassandra. She has gotten to know and meet so many Felician Sisters these past months. She still misses her French classes with Sister Angela. Cassandra has quickly learned how to say “Sister Giovanni” very well.

Last night, when we were preparing to leave for these two weeks, Cassandra was with us, helping to clean out the refrigerator. You can imagine how many goodies she was receiving, so she began to sing “Ap di bon fet pou ou.” That is “happy birthday to you.” However, most of the time we see sadness in her face as we get ready to say goodbye, and she moves to her new home.


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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Our new Haitian kitchen

Outside our home, we started to build a new Haitian kitchen. Lelun, who used to cook for our children, is unable to do so any longer since she is moving to her new home. One of the mothers of our kids has agreed to cook for our food program. Lately, we feel as though all we are doing is purchasing materials for building and preparing spaces, such as Lebrun’s and Lelun’s new home, the mobile clinic rooms, and now our Haitian kitchen. We know that this type of work is not all we are called to do; we know that it is to bring people together in relationship and to build community so the love of Jesus can touch many more lives as we walk in the footprints of Jesus.

We can’t wait until the day when our chapel will be a place for faith formation and catechesis for the people of Jacmel.



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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Haiti celebrates October as Breast Cancer Awareness month

It is good to know that Haiti joins the rest of the world, putting much effort into breast cancer awareness. Today at the airport, on our way to the States, we witnessed the efforts being made for this awareness. The airport was decorated in pink, and so were the American Airline workers. We supported them in their efforts by purchasing pink wrist bands. We all know someone that has been affected by this disease, whether they are suffering now or may have died. Let us continue to pray and fight for a cure for breast cancer.





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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


Unless the Lord builds the house…

Lebrun’s situation truly shows that the Lord is building his house. Lebrun did not have land, money, nor materials to have a home for his family; but the Lord made this possible through the help of friends and generous benefactors.





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Posted by on October 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


Karolina from Krakow

Today we met Karolina, the engineer from Krakow, Poland, who was hired by the Polska Haiti Foundation that is building a school for the Diocese of Jacmel. The new school is being funded by Charitas in Poland. We invited Karolina for dinner and served goĊ‚abki (stuffed cabbage) and cole slaw. We tried to give a touch of Poland, but we added fried banana for a touch of Haiti.

After dinner, we went with Karolina to the land where the school is being built and where our new convent will be. We also saw the progress being made in building the new Cathedral, which starts with building the wall around the property. Today, Sunday, they were working on the Cathedral.

We asked Karolina to take a look at Lebrun’s and Lelan’s new home that is being built on their newly-bought property. She gave them some good advice about the structure and, especially, about the placement of their roof.





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Posted by on October 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


Love your Congregation dearly.

Today we returned from Port au Prince, bringing with us an electrician who was going to check our electricity and its capacity. We arrived in Jacmel at 4 p.m. and we still had no electricity. This meant the electrician was not able to do his work, but he was able to see what we could do to solve the problem of not having electricity. We are researching the possibility of getting an inverter and batteries.

As evening approached, we got ready to celebrate the Transitus of our foundress, Blessed Mary Angela. It was appropriate that we were in the dark since the service was centered around Angela being a light in the world. One large candle symbolized Mother Angela, and the small candles symbolized Felician Sisters throughout the world. We are happy that one of those candles was for Haiti, and soon another will be for Tanzania.

Love your Congregation dearly.
Let its spirit penetrate you deeply.
Over and above your father, mother and everything else in the world,
Love the Will of God so as to be engulfed by it.
Because your vocation is readiness for any sacrifice and at anytime –
Serve there where God places you and always in such ways
as He points out to you.



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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


Preparing for the mobile clinic

On Monday, October 7, Sr. Giovanni arrived in Haiti. She will spend two weeks with us, preparing for the mobile clinic. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we stayed in Port au Prince, purchasing needed items for the clinic and visiting the places where we would be purchasing medications. We are grateful to our friend, Yvon, for his hospitality and help.


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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


Pax et Bonum

We began our celebration for the feast of St. Francis on Thursday, October 3, with the solemn service of Transitus at 7 p.m. We invited some of our young girls with whom we have been working to join us. A few minutes before we began the service, a group of our boys came to the door and they joined us also. It was as though St. Francis himself invited them to be with us. Sr. Inga shared with them very simply in Creole the story of St. Francis and why we celebrate this night. The Gospel that was read, in English and I Creole, was taken from John 13: 1-17, the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. This Gospel became alive for us, “I have given you an example that as I have done, you also may do.” We believe we, too, are being asked to wash the feet of those around us here in our little mission in Jacmel.

Today, October 4, we began the day with a solemn Celebration of the Eucharist in our chapel. Happy Feast of St. Francis! Pax et Bonum!








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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Uncategorized


Our caretakers make a move

Since the beginning of our stay in our home in Jacmel, Lebrun, with his wife, Lelun, and their children, Cassandra and Maria, have become a part of our lives. They have worked here for seven years, living in very simple conditions. We helped each other a lot. Since the pre-school has been relocated, our friends have been asked to leave. At first they had no place to go, but nothing is impossible for God. Right now they have a piece of land on which to build, but it will be a great challenge for them to build a simple house out of plywood.

This past Sunday, the neighborhood gathered to help Lebrun take down their simple house of plywood to be reused for their new home. We are trying to help them as much as we can.

Please join us in praying for Lebrun and Lelun and their family.





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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized