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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Posted by on December 31, 2014 in Uncategorized


The Joy of Christmas

Preparation for our Christmas festivities started months ago when we began collecting various toys, clothing, shoes, and little trinkets. As you well know, some things could not be done until the day before, such as preparing 200 pieces of chicken and the spices needed. We also had to bake 100 cupcakes.

Starting at 6 a.m., the ladies and some of our kids were busy preparing the Christmas dinner. Our celebration would be starting at 1 p.m. with the Celebration of the Eucharist. The altar needed to be decorated; with the help of Sr. Francis and a few of our teens, it was beautiful.

The doors opened for every child that wanted to come and participate. There were many new faces that we had never seen before. “O come let us adore, Christ the Lord” filled the air.

After the beautiful Mass, dinner was served to over 100 people. After dinner, the children gathered in groups to come to our chapel to adore the newborn King, Jesus Christ the Lord! The children gave the gift of themselves to Baby Jesus, and then Jesus had His gifts for them. There was much joy on our grounds and in our home the whole day!

We were able to sit for our dinner that we received from Manman Angela Kizin at 7 p.m. It was a true joy of Christmas!























Posted by on December 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


Sr. Francis shares her gifts and talents.

Before the great feast of Christmas, there was much to do in order to get ready. Sr. Francis stepped right in to walk the way of preparations and, at the same time, she had a few art classes with the kids.






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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


Wiglia in Haiti

On Christmas Eve, our Felician family has a beautiful tradition of sharing the Christmas wafer, asking for pardon and wishing blessings for the new year.



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Posted by on December 27, 2014 in Uncategorized


Sr. Victoria and Madonna University Students visit Jacmel

On Saturday, December 13, Sr. Victoria arrived in Jacmel, with two students and one professor from Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan. They are interested in collaborating with the Nursing Program of Notre Dame University, Jacmel. The group stayed at Sacred Heart, about 15 minutes from our mission. During the week they visited the University, the local hospital, and a few clinics in order to get a better understanding of the health system here in Haiti. They also visited us a few times during the week. We thank them for all the things they bought for the clinic and for our kids. The week went by quickly, and they left on Friday, December 19. And, on that same day, we welcomed Sr. Francis who will be with us for the Christmas holiday.






Posted by on December 22, 2014 in Uncategorized


Mother Angela Clinic reaches a new height at St. Etienne’s

On Thursday, December 11, our Mother Angela Clinic team responded to a request to bring the clinic to St. Etienne. First we had to travel by car for an hour, going through a few rivers. Once we reached the place where we could park the truck, we loaded our medications on a horse, while a few of the village people carried the rest of the boxes up the mountain. It was a 2 1/2-hour walk up the mountain to get to St. Etienne’s, and we arrived at our destination after sunset. We slept overnight with the family of the person who had asked us to bring the clinic to this location. Our team had plenty of fruit and fresh vegetables to eat; these are grown up in the mountains. Because the height of where we were it was not hot nor were there any mosquitoes. There was a room for Sr. Marilyn, which she shared with Clara, our nurse.

The team woke up at 5 a.m. to prepare for the day’s work. The people prepared a tent, and the clinic opened at 7 a.m. We were able to receive 109 patients, ranging from babies to children and teens, up to adults and the elderly. We had to turn away over 50 people, with the promise we would return. Our hope is to return in February.

The people in St. Etienne have no access to any medical care or medications. The spirit of the Mother Angela Clinic team was a “Response to Love,” and to “Love is to Give.” They certainly gave their all to the community of St. Etienne,

We started walking down the mountain at 4 p.m., after a delicious dinner prepared by the community. At 5 p.m., it was already dark, and it was a 2-hour walk down the mountain. Thanks be to God, all arrived safely! Then began the hour drive back to Jacmel.





















Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Uncategorized


Wilnor gets a cast on his arm!

We want to let you know what happened to Wilnor after his Friday accident. You may recall, in our last blog, we shared with you our trip to the city hospital in Jacmel. Wilnor got an x-ray but no doctor was there to read it. The poor are at such a disadvantage since they have no money or means to get the assistance needed when it comes to illness and accidents. His mother, Francine, said she would look for someone to help him. The weekend passed by and still no word, so we knew we had to do something today. With the help of our creole teacher, Madam Omanie, we found someone.

Dr. Paul is a Haitian orthopedic surgeon who lived and studied in New York for 38 years. He read Wilnor’s x-ray and said it was definitely fractured but Wilnor needed the other arm x-rayed to compare the two. So we did what we needed to do and, after three hours of waiting, he received his cast.








Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized