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Please Join Us in Prayer and Action for the Earthquake Victims of Haiti
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet join with women and men religious and peoples from all over the world in offering our grief and promise of prayers and donations for those who are suffering the devastating effects of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Please join as we pray for those whose lives have been forever changed by this disaster and for the safety of the volunteers preparing to serve those in need.
On January 27, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet sent a total of $45,000 for Haiti relief. We will put monies received after this date toward a second contribution to be sent in March. Three fourths of this amount will be sent to Catholic Relief Services, one-eighth to Friends of the Children of Haiti (FOTCOH), and one-eighth to Fonkoze (an alternative bank for the organized poor). On January 27, we sent, in the name of the Congregation, $33,750 to Catholic Relief Services; $5,625 to Friends of the Children of Haiti; $5,625 to Fonkoze.,
Sister Marie Lucey, the associate director for social mission for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), expresses our shared grief:
"All of us are very concerned about and saddened by the major earthquake in Haiti which has devastated Port-au-Prince. Executive Director Jane Burke has contacted LCWR members with sisters in Haiti to ask about their welfare. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has issued an Emergency Brief which includes a prayer for our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as well as suggestions about how to help. I'm sure we are all in solidarity with Haiti in this agonizing time."
Please click here to go to the website of Catholic Relief Services which includes the Emergency Brief. (Note: The FBI has issued an alert urging us to be careful about scams with regard to Haitian relief. We know that CRS is a reputable organization and that it has pledged $5 million to the immediate relief effort. Thus, we are suggesting that all financial donations flow through CRS at this time.)
In addition to statements from women religious throughout the country, the U.S. Catholic Bishops have expressed their grief and have similarly asked us to send our donations through Catholic Relief Services.
The statement of the bishops said that the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that ravaged Haiti "destroyed countless homes, churches, seminaries, schools and other buildings and has left millions without the most basic necessities of life. Our faith compels us to pray for and reach out to our brothers and sisters in their time of suffering."
And so we pray in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Haiti:
God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us.
In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see the face of Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Be with all creation; strengthen us in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti. All creation returns to you in mourning, and your grace guides our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice.
With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice.
Through Jesus, Our Lord, our Brother and our Redeemer. Amen.
The prayer and educational resources below are designed by Catholic Relief Services to explore the challenges facing the people of Haiti and possible ways of responding in faith. Thank you for joining us in prayer and action.
Prayer Service: A New Heaven and New Earth (Leader's Guide)