Michael Power/St. Joseph Reaches out to Haiti
On Jan. 12, 2010, life for the people of Haiti was completely transformed. We have all been touched and affected by the pictures, the cry for help and the desperation that has become daily life for the Haitians. This great suffering resonates with us and we quickly inquire as to what it is we can do to help alleviate some of this pain.
St. Aelred of Rievaulx said, "Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man’s entire relation to God and to his neighbour." The community of Michael Power-St. Joseph is closely linked with our founders the Sisters of St. Joseph with the presence of Sister Marie Howorth who generously gives her time modelling the motto of the Sisters who strive for unity with others and with God by nurturing community wherever they are. Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard, Sr. Lorraine Malo and Sr. Rosemary Fry have taken their ministry of creating unity and bringing God’s love, to the Haitian people. They work closely with children who cannot afford to go to school offering classes once a week.
When the earthquake hit Haiti, it was quite a few days before our community heard any news about the Sisters and so our prayers focused on the victims and survivors of Haiti. The need to help grew strong amongst the school community and so it was decided that a civvies day collection would take place where all the monies collected would go directly to the people of Haiti via the Sisters of St. Joseph. The challenge was issued to the school community to be as generous and charitable as possible.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Michael Power-St. Joseph community donated $10,234.71 to Sister Marie Howorth, who was overcome with emotion and thrilled to be able to give this much needed money to the people of Haiti. "Ubi Caritas et amor, Deus ibi est” — Where there is charity and love, God is there."
Our school community continues to pray for all the victims of the tragic earthquake and for all the courageous people who are working so hard to bring them basic necessities. May the love of Christ be a beacon of hope and may St. Joseph continue to pray and watch over us.
By Catena Manco, Michael Power-St. Joseph High School
Reprinted with permission from Toronto Secondary Unit’s Highlights, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, p. 8, February 2010.