Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I'm sure everyone's heard of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti yesterday. Already the poorest country in the western hemisphere, it's hard to imagine what this is going to do to their population. The news pouring out of there is pretty awful-for me, at least, it's bringing back memories of the tsunami that hit southeast Asia a few years ago. Unfortunately there's so little infrastructure in Haiti to begin with that I imagine relief work is going to be that much more challenging.

My parish sponsors a school in Haiti (some folks were going to go down in February to help rebuild the walls of the school). Furthermore, the Episcopal Church has been a pretty strong presence throughout the country, helping run over 200 schools, not to mention other facilities like clinics and hospitals. Episcopal relief and development has set up a Haiti fund to help aid in the response and relief of the folks down there.

And if you're the praying type, feel free to do that too.

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 215).


m. connor sullivan said...

do you remember Jude Harmon from HDS? I guess he's been working down there and was in a service when the building collapsed, at least in part. news from his facebook page says that he's confirmed alive at least, though no real information.

Hilary said...

I recognized the name...there is a 23 year old woman from Chicago who was working with him through the Episcopal Church's Young Adult Service Corps (it's very similar to the peace corps) and she still hasn't been accounted for. She would have probably been at the seminary or in the apt building (the seminary collapsed but word is that the apartments still stand)...but I'm hoping since Jude made it maybe she did too...I don't even know her name but having a friend who did YASC and knowing Shay they go through...sheesh.

m. connor sullivan said...

is her name Mallory Holding? if so, then the same report that says Jude's OK (alive at least) says she is too. I hope so!

Hilary said...

That's it...thanks.