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Redemptorist Superior General visits Haiti

Most Rev. Michael Brehl, Redemptorist Superior General, recently visited our confreres in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He offers an eyewitness account of conditions there, and shares how the Redemptorists are assisting those who’ve lost everything.

Here are excerpts of Father General’s report. To read the entire story, click here.

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I arrived in Port-au-Prince on March 13, 2010. This was the first opportunity I had to visit. Several previous attempts to book a flight failed. Even this trip was cancelled and rebooked by the airlines. I was greeted by a city full of people, but also still in ruins. …

With our confreres, I slept in tents ‘à la belle étoile’, (under the stars) as they say. Our confreres are sharing the situation of the ordinary people. Our two houses, St. Gerard’s Church, St. Gerard’s School, the youth skills training centre, medical clinics, water purification, and seminary are all destroyed and will need to be rebuilt.

With the help of funds raised by Redemptorists and NGO’s, our confreres are supplying many of the poor parishioners with water, with beans and rice, and with tents to give them shelter.

It is clear that the process of reconstruction will take a long time; the process of not only reconstructing buildings, but also reconstructing lives. I met and spoke with many people who had lost family members and neighbours. Some have experienced such severe stress and loss that they are deeply affected mentally. I met one woman who came home to find her home and her entire family dead. …

Despite their personal living situations and the fates of their own families, our brave young confreres continue to reach out to help others around them.

Photo and report courtesy of Scala.