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RJM Haiti Mission
On January 19th, Sr. Rose Kelly, RJM, and Sr. Nazareth Ybarra, RJM, were presented with the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award which honors outstanding individuals who have undertaken extraordinary work and dedicated their lives to the people of Haiti. The distinguished award was presented to them in Dublin Ireland, by Haven, the leading non-governmental Irish charity working on the ground in Haiti.
Tee Shirts For Soccer Finals – Roger Jean, (aka Tiden), our friend and long-time main driver, unloaded the parish twinning program sea container yesterday and this morning the truck was unloaded here in Gros Morne and in Garcin. Our yearlong QUEST volunteer, Sofia Pascual, who started the after school sports program, brought the tee shirts to the boys' final games today.
Geri Lanham, a 2nd year Quest-Volunteer for Haiti, brings to our consciousness that the ability to attend school is not something we should take for granted. Receiving an education in Haiti is “a lifeline for many families… Lekó Jezi-Mari started under a mango tree in 1998.” Little by little, the bird builds its nest…
Our four sisters from Haiti and the Leadership Team spent an enjoyable and fruitful four days together last week. From May 3 to 6, in exchanges and discussions facilitated by Ms. Marisa Guerin, our missionaries shared information and concerns about their situations and projects in Gros Morne and Jean Rabel.
Together we studied our ministries in light of the values that can promote systemic change.
This study is a ‘work in progress,’ but we hope that these values can guide future planning for ministry in Haiti.
The Religious of Jesus and Mary in the United States have always valued collaboration in ministry wherever we have been sent. We have been partners with parish priests, staffs, colleagues, other religious congregations, organizations, family and friends in trying to "…incarnate the grace of pardon and of reconciliation, and to share with the poor and the marginalized the 'new wine of the feast of the kingdom.'"