Port-au-Prince, June 27, 2022
The news of the murder of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto left no one indifferent given the immensity and intensity of her works in favor of the poorest according to the heart of God. Faced with such a heinous act, we are inhabited by feelings of confusion, revolt, anger… Beyond that, we cannot forget the virtues of faith, charity, hope and abnegation that have inhabited the whole life and apostolate of Sister Luisa. Her testimony of life is stronger than the crime that took her away. Also, the consecrated life nourishes the desire to show its solidarity by expressing its sympathies to the religious and biological families of Sister Luisa.
The CHR office met urgently the evening of the assassination to find out about the circumstances of the crime and to see what responses to it.
After a long discussion, we deemed it important to have a meeting with Bishop Max Leroy MÉSIDOR, as pastor of the Church in the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince where the crime was perpetrated.
Following the meeting with Bishop Max Leroy, we have decided the following:
1. Write a note of public protest to express our outrage and anger and ask the relevant authorities to shed light on this crime.
2. Write a letter to the Superior General of the Little Sisters of the Gospel. We take advantage of his visit to Haiti to hand it over to him.
3. Invite consecrated life to participate in the mass on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 2:00 a.m., which will take place at the parish of Saint Monfort where it has worked in favor of young people and children in the “Kay Chal vin aprann” house. Travel circumstances make it necessary to celebrate the funeral mass on that day.
4. Organize a concert Mass with the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince with Archbishop Max Leroy MÉSIDOR as Principal Celebrant, on Monday, July 4, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. in the Saint Louis de Gonzague chapel of the FIC in Delmas 31-33. Remember that two celebrations are not too much for a life given entirely to God by serving the most disadvantaged.
PS. : at the introduction of the Mass, there will be a complete presentation of the biography of Sr Luisa.
5. In addition, the office of the CHR will request a meeting with the CEH in order to discern the actions that we can take together as a Church in response to the catastrophic situation that our country is experiencing.
Brothers and sisters, let us remain united in prayer, and dare to make sparks that will become embers of love to illuminate the many wounded and bruised hearts of our country and society.
May Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Patroness of Haiti, intercede for us so that the light of the Heart of her Son, our Redeemer, shines on our paths!
Fr. Gilbert Peltrop, C.Ss.R
Secretary General of the CHR