Christmas when Darkness seems Darker, a Letter from Fr. Rick

Christmas when Darkness seems Darker, a Letter from Fr. Rick

As Christians approach the revered celebration of the birth of Jesus, these words from a singer-poet illumine the meaning of Christmas, in a world and in a Church that are darkly and dangerously troubled:

Ring the bell that still can ring, 
sing the song that still can sing,
There's a crack in everything- 
that's how the light gets in.
(Leonard Cohen, "Anthem")

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A Visit from the Rava Foundation

A Visit from the Rava Foundation

At the beginning of December, the St. Luke Foundation had the pleasure of receiving a visit from our long time friends and partners, Mariavittoria Rava, Dr. Enrico Casano, and Donatella Dipaolo, from the Rava Foundation in Italy. Dr. Casano has been an integral part of our breast cancer screening program that we began with the Rava Foundation’s help at the beginning of 2017. Since the start of the program, we have been able to screen over 2,000 women!

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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

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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