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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The Visit of the new Archbishop of Port au Prince

Today we are very honored and blessed to receive the visit of the new Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Max Leroy Mésidor, who was appointed by Pope Francis three months ago, to replace our good friend Archbishop Guire Poulard.

The archbishop said when he first came to Port-au-Prince, he had a list of places that he would like to visit in the city and he wrote them on his agenda; he has heard a lot about both Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs and the St. Luke Foundation and for sure we were figured on his list.

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Easter Sunday: Carrying Forward the Flame of God's Light

Two baby girls were born. Alleluia!

The gift of life.

They are 9 days old today. Each of a different family and circumstance.

In one family, this baby is so very precious. All kinds of tiny baby wardrobe already fill the drawers, the bassinet is ready, the family glows with the light of new life. The name is carefully chosen, a christening is carefully planned. The life of this new bundle of joy is offered to God.

For the second baby, the circumstances of the mother changed during her pregnancy. Her husband has left her, she has no work, she is afraid. Where she lives is riddled with violent crime, even rape. Her baby is also very precious to her, but her life is full of desperate worries.

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