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Building Community

Christmas in Haiti

Needless to say, there's no snow! Yet you will hear: "I’m dreaming of a white Christmas" playing in city supermarkets. Outside you will see huge round Santa’s perched on the corners of some buildings looking out of place, replacing the Haitian version of Papa Noël who has long white hair and beard and a long gown.

Still, the crèche is at the centre of the season and unites us all in all nations around the birth of our Savior.

Missions at Home and Abroad

Father Médaille looked for a missionary spirit in the hearts of the women who joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in the seventeenth century. In his Maxims, he encouraged others to "... embrace by desire the salvation and holiness of the whole world with a spirit full of generous courage which will move you to want to do everything, to suffer everything, and to undertake everything for the advancement of the glory of God."  (Maxims of the Little Institute, # 7.)

Telling a Story of Peace and Justice

Sisters Ellen Leonard, Jean Leahy, Clare Garcillano and Theresa Rodgers.

On April 1, 2011, Sisters Ellen Leonard, Jean Leahy and Theresa Rodgerswelcomed Sr. Clare Garcillano into their home. Sr. Clare, a Sister of St. Paul of Chartres, came here as a Development and Peace Solidarity Visitor from Timor Leste (East Timor), the world's newest nation (2002). It is found between Australia and Indonesia.

2011 Haiti Newsletter

The 2011 Haiti Newsletter is now available to download as a PDF.

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Haiti: Remembering and Rebuilding

Jan. 12, 2011 marked the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that claimed the lives of over 300,000 people in Haiti. We are constantly reminded of that day by the sight of collapsed buildings, streets full of rubble, people with missing limbs and more than 1.5 million displaced families.

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