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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.

Prayer Vigils for the People of Haiti

On Jan. 12, 2010, the people of Haiti experienced a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. As a result they experienced unspeakable suffering, deaths and devastation. Our hearts and lives cried out in pain and sorrow as the whole world witnessed this nation of sorrow and expressed a desire to be with them in solidarity.

On Jan. 19, a group of concerned friends gathered at the Peace Garden at Toronto's City Hall for a prayer vigil for the people of Haiti.

January 18: World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Sisters Mary Mettler CSJ and Rita Marie McLean CSJ share their thoughts and a prayer for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Jan. 18 is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, dedicated to raising awareness for newcomers. Sisters Mary Mettler and Rita Marie McLean are two of the many women and men religious who participate in this Becoming Neighbours ministry which offers newcomers guidance, spiritual support and practical assistance.

Haiti After Four Hurricanes

Sister Mary Alban Bouchard was settling back into her room in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She'd just spread out some papers when she heard a roar outside her window. A moment later, her papers were strewn across the room and pictures from her walls had been smashed upon the floor.

"It was like a big hand had come in," she says, "and grabbed everything. Just unbelievably strong." Hurricane Gustav had come to town.

Presence, Prayer and Solidarity with Newcomers

... Help us, most gracious God, to recognize one another as neighbour. — From the Becoming Neighbours' prayer

At the fifth Annual General Meeting of Becoming Neighbours on Sept. 8, the 19 religious congregations of women and men who established, collaborated on and supported this ministry had much to celebrate. Becoming Neighbours has become a permanent ministry, offering presence, prayer and solidarity to many newcomers as they settle in Toronto.

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