Excerpted from the Archdiocese of New York website:
Maybe it’s because “back to school” is in the air, but after my second trip to post-earthquake Haiti earlier this month, I find myself thinking of those “three r’s.” Not reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, but this time relief, rebuilding and renewal.
As Chair of the Board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), I accompanied Ken Hackett, the president; Dr. Viva Bartkus of the University of Notre Dame, a member of the board; and Bishop Dennis Madden, our vice president, to Port-au-Prince the week before last.
Neither Dr. Bartkus nor Bishop Madden had been to Haiti before, and they were aghast at the devastation. Rightly so. Ken and I had been down there only a week after last January’s horror, so, while we shook our heads again over the extent of the destruction, we did see some signs of progress, and whispered a prayer of thanksgiving that the overwhelming generosity of God’s people was having an effect in relief efforts.
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