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The journey…on the Road to Emmaus

It is with very sad hearts that we received news today that our dearly beloved Sr. Victoria Indyk has gone Home to the Father. On this Sunday on which the Gospel story about the Road to Emmaus is proclaimed, we hear the news that Sr. Vicky’s journey to Emmaus is completed. She is with her beloved Spouse and Lord, the one to whom she committed her total self everyday. Sr. Vicky was a woman who had a passion for Christ and a passion for humanity. She loved to be with, to accompany, and to serve the poorest of the poor. Whether they were physically, spiritually, intellectually, or emotionally poor, she was there ready and willing to give her whole self and more.

Sr. Vicky loved Haiti, especially bringing groups to Jacmel. She had been with us at our Mission many, many times. Sometimes she brought groups from Madonna University; at other times, she came by herself to teach the nursing students at Notre Dame University here in Jacmel and to work with the Mother Angela Clinic.

Sr. Vicky had many friends in Jacmel. Our youth and kids loved when she would come with her many surprises. There were those she would meet on the beach and make a transaction, and then she would encourage them to keep the beach clean. She supported town artists or the local drummer.

There were a few orphanages Sr. Vicky supported, and she always brought them toys, candy and clothes. Yes, Sr. Vicky had many friends here in Jacmel. Why? Because she was on a journey; she was on her Emmaus road. She made connections and formed relationships. She accompanied many to seek a better life, one full of hope.

There was no way of saying “no” to Sr. Vicky. When she had a plan in her heart that she believed was from God, she figured a way to see it through. When she would realize she might be going the wrong way, she met her Lord and Savior in prayer. She listened to the scriptures and recognized Him in the breaking of the bread of her Eucharistic devotion and the breaking of the bread of her life for others. Sr. Vicky’s heart was always burning for she recognized JESUS in her midst through the Word, Sacraments, and Others.

The last message we received from Sister was when she told us she was in the hospital with the virus, COVID-19; she asked us to pray for her to get out of the hospital and go back home. She thanked us for praying for her. Then we heard she took a turn for the worst that evening; she was put on a ventilator and slowly failing… this virus took her from us.

Yet, maybe that is not the best way to say it…Sr. Vicky surrendered to the Will and voice of her Father and drank the cup that was hers to drink. Her spirit is here with us in Jacmel. Her endless giving of herself will live on in our hearts. We have many memories with Sr. Vicky here in Haiti, and we thank God we were able for a time to walk the way to Emmaus together.

December 24, 2019

This morning, as I was remembering Sr. Vicky and looking around the Mission, I was filled with tears of joy and sadness. Joy that she accompanied us in Haiti, and sadness that she will not be back here to see the new plans God is unfolding for us. Then, a beautiful yellow butterfly flew by me; and I felt she is here, now more than ever.

Stay with us, Sr. Vicky, tell us what the Father desires of us now and, most of all, help us to have the heart of Jesus like you had every time you met someone during the times you were here with us in Haiti.

December 23, 2018

Sr. Vicky, remember us to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit…

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Divine Mercy finds a home in Divine Mercy Chapel

We have been on a mission with Divine Mercy images to get them in just about every Church in our Diocese. Our mobil clinic will be serving in a new chapel that is called Divine Mercy, so we knew we had to get them the image. Even in the midst of this terrible virus the Lord’s work. Is being done.

We even gave Bernard blessed Divine Mercy Shapley cards from Krakow in French!
 
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Posted by on April 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

The new normal of face wear …😷

Dr. Yves, Dr. Valcin, Fritz and Rosemanie with our masks.
We anoint every mask we make with blessed oil from the Mercy Shrine in Krakow, Poland.

We hung a new sign on our gate that tells about COVID-19 and how to stay safe.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Learning something new…making masks for Caritas!

At the mission, we are always learning something new. Today, it is learning how to sew face masks. Sr. Izzy is a good teacher!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Blessings to all on this feast of Divine Mercy

We are in the upper room, and we sense the peace of Jesus here with us. In this, we are called to unlock those spaces that we try to hide, where we need faith and courage to keep moving forward. Jesus asks us to believe in this now, in what it is like. We are not so much to worry about the why but to remember that He is here in the now. Today we bring all people–family and friends, those we may not have yet met, doctors, nurses, necessary workers, children, the born and unborn, elders, presidents and leaders, priests and religious–and we place them all into the wounds of Jesus. We place them all into his Heart of mercy to be healed, transformed, and created into the new Easter message of life.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Let us pray…

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Our Easter Message to You from Haiti

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Jesus is Risen, Alleluia! He is truly Risen, Alleluia!

Today, we were blessed to have the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord! As we gathered, we remembered everyone this day who could not receive the Holy Eucharist and celebrate with their faith communities. Just as the stone was removed from the tomb, and the tomb was empty, let us not focus on the emptiness we may have felt these holy days; but let us place our faith in the one who promised that He will rise and give us all new life in Him. Our salvation is in Jesus who is risen and with us, and He will heal us and free as He promised. Remembering each of you to the Father in our daily prayers!

Our Easter breakfast!
 
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Posted by on April 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Good Friday in the year of COVID-19

The Church in Haiti invited all to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in their homes
at 3:00 p.m.
We continued with the Liturgy of the Word, Adoration of the Cross and Holy Communion.
Reading of the Passion of Christ.
 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Keeping Vigil Holy Saturday during COVID-19 with the Word of God!

This is the night
that even now, throughout the world,
sets Christian believers apart from worldly vices
and from the gloom of sin,
leading them to grace
and joining them to his holy ones.
Therefore, O Lord,
we pray you that this candle,
hallowed to the honor of your name,
may persevere undimmed,
to overcome the darkness of this night.
Receive it as a pleasing fragrance,
and let it mingle with the lights of heaven.
May this flame be found still burning
by the Morning Star:
the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.
We pray O Lord, for an end to this pandemic and hope in your saving grace.

“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” Then they went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce this to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them. They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” 

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2020 in Uncategorized