Social Services at St. Luke Hospital

Social Services at St. Luke Hospital

“He is my father,” Pierre, a middle-aged patient says as he points to Wilflo Fontus, his visibly younger social worker at St. Luke Hospital, “he is my brother; my friend.” Pierre was left at the hospital, abandoned by his family. There was no relative willing to bring him food, clothing, or medicine until the social services team, consisting of Wilflo, Rachelle Petiote, and Yolette Senat, stepped in. These three become like family to their most vulnerable patients.

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The Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist

On 18 October 2018 the St. Luke Foundation celebrated the feast of its patron saint, St. Luke the Evangelist. The day started with a celebratory mass lead by Fr Rick and Fr Hugo. Red and white balloons, flowers, and large decorative hats, decked the chapel at the St. Luke Hospital and the joyful singing of a dozen men accompanied by a keyboard and conga drum filled the church. During the mass, Fr Rick shared about St. Luke the Evangelist—how he was a physician, historian, painter of icons, whose Gospel is centered on God’s mercy,  care for the poor, the importance of a joyful spirit and deep prayerfulness--a gospel where salvation is meant for all people.

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GSD Healthcare: Building St. Luke Hospital's Trauma Care Capacity

GSD Healthcare: Building St. Luke Hospital's Trauma Care Capacity

Since the earthquake in 2010, various international organizations throughout Port au Prince have provided trauma expertise for burns, accidents, high-risk maternity and various other emergencies. Some of these trauma centers were located just a few miles from St. Damien and St. Luke hospitals. Unfortunately, at the end of July of this year, one organization announced the closing of two of their hospitals, cutting back funding to maternity and trauma services, with trauma being closed altogether after June of 2019.

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Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Dear Friends and Family,

I recently passed over the threshold of 65 years, and into the silver age of life. 

It is not lost to me that I was born in the early evening, on August 14th. 

That hour put me squarely into the vigil of the feast of the Assumption of Mary, marking the Catholic calendar rather than the Julian measure of days.

At Mass that morning, aside from offering gratitude to God for 65 years (and a short prayer for more), I reflectively enjoyed memories of my mother, and recalled how she attributed my good health, which I still enjoy, to Jesus' mother, Mary.

My mother had Rubella (German Measles) when she carried me, in the first trimester of pregnancy, and all predictions were that I would suffer deformation on all levels, from multiple organ deformities, blindness and deafness, to very challenging mental retardation.

My mother told me years later of the warning the doctors gave her about the many problems I would have, and that my short life would be a twisted knot of disastrous health. 

Those fearful words lit up in my mother the fire of passionate prayer, to Mary. 
My mother believed to her dying day that it was the work of Holy Mary that left the doctors and nurses astounded, when I was born a healthy baby boy.

Being fully entangled in snarled knots, of one kind or another, is unfortunately all too common in life. 
It would be surprising if you, who are old enough to read and understand these words, have never passed through such an excruciating time.

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Republican Senator Robert Phillips Corker from Tennessee visits St. Luke Hospital on June 1st, 2018

Republican Senator Robert Phillips Corker from Tennessee visits St. Luke Hospital on June 1st, 2018

Fr. Rick together with Dr. Augustin, Dr. Colas and two other people from the medical team of St. Luke  hospital were happy to welcome the senator along with the USAID staff and the representative of UNICEF and other members.The visit was guided by Dr. Augustin the medical director of the St. Luke Foundation. The new project is supporting safe water and sanitation for Haiti to continue fighting against Cholera. 

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The Academy for Peace and Justice

The Academy for Peace and Justice

A Celebration for the First of Many Graduation Days

Last Sunday, June 19th marked a watershed moment for our programs as we saw the first ever graduating class of the Academy for Peace and Justice walk the stage and step into the next phase of their lives. This truly special day was made possible by huge sacrifice and incredible work from our partners at APJ, from our staff on the ground in Haiti, and from the over 2,600 students who are proud to call the Academy their school.

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Fr. Rick is turning 65!!

Fr. Rick is turning 65!!

As you've probably seen, the last few weeks in Port-au-Prince have been turbulent and trying. As usual, Father Rick and the team have been fighting through impossible obstacles and stretching to help as many possible.

In this trying and stressful moment, some birthday wishes and support sure would help!

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