Daily Archives: April 12, 2014
Dr. Kathy Vito, a professor of Nursing from Felician College, Lodi, NJ, joined a mission team from St. Patrick’s, Jersey City, NJ. While in Jacmel, she gave a class in community nursing at the University of Notre Dame Nursing School and did some clinic work with her group. She is interested in bringing Felician College student nurses here in the future to work in our clinic.
During the Lenten season we began catechesis with our kids. At first it was once a week and now we are blest with twice a week. Fr. Elicien has a class once a week and another day we or James, a young man who desires to be a priest. Some of our kids are preparing for Baptism and Communion, and some for the sacrament of Confirmation. Fr. Elicien has a special Mass every Saturday evening for the Sunday Eucharist, some older ladies who cannot get to a church come with the kids.
On Sunday morning about 8 of our kids (because we cannot fit more in the car) come with us to one of the neighboring parishes for Mass.
Since we have a worshipping community everyday in our chapel and we worship in the native language of Creole, we knew it was time to purchase a “tanbou” drum. Drums are hand made in Haiti by seminarians in Port au Prince. Fr. Elicien tightened the head of the drum and waxed its skin, and then began to play for us.
We are blest that we have more and more people helping us with the mission of the mobile clinic. This is a sign that God wants and desires this for His people. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Clara, a student nurse from University of Notre Dame, Jacmel, joins us to learn clinic nursing. In Moncil, one of our sites, there are two nurses from the parish that assist us in health education and taking blood pressures. This help is needed every week in all four sites that we serve because we have so many people who come to the clinic every week.
We are very blest with our dedicated Haitian doctors and nurses that we have hired. They do not count all the hours and time they put into helping people who would never have access to health care as they do now because of the Mother Angela clinic. There are days we leave at sunrise and return after sunset. They truly love their brothers and sisters.