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The Eleventh Station

Posted by: on June 14, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Greetings from Haiti. I wrote the following post last night, but for reasons surpassing understanding, was unable to get it on the blog. Here it is, better late than never . . .

Rich and I had the chance to tour Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas today. With driver and bodyguard in tow, Deacon Moynihan brought us on a six hour expedition. What we saw is hard to describe. The poverty is profound and the infrastructure is almost non-existent. It’ll take some time to unpack and I’ll be sure to write (and preach) about it later. But for now, indulge me in a quick description of the most gut-wrenching part of the day.

It was our first stop in Port-au-Prince. We went to see the cathedral, which collapsed in the earthquake. After two and a half years, much of the debris has been cleared out. But it’s easy to imagine what it used to look like. I snapped this picture without realizing that the Stations of the Cross had been spray-painted onto the crumbling columns.

This one marks the Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed to the Cross. The destruction visited upon this city and these people by the earthquake is a fitting metaphor for this station: unimaginable suffering, the darkness and apparent triumph of death. We know now that Christ would rise to new life, but such a claim would have been a tough sell to those who watched the events of Good Friday unfold. And so it is here. How and when will new life come for these people. It is impossible to say. But Christ is risen from the dead. The impossible has come about. We can only pray that is happens here too.

We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you. For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world. 

Greetings from Haiti. I wrote the following post last night, but for reasons surpassing understanding, was unable to get it on the blog. Here it is, better late than never . . . Rich and I had the chance to tour Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas today. With driver and bodyguard in tow, Deacon Moynihan […]MORE

Touchdown

Posted by: on June 12, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized
Frantic Search for Luggage

Frantic Search for Luggage

Rich and I arrived in Port-au-Prince this afternoon. It was a long day of travel, but it went off without a hitch. We were both taken aback by the scene when we arrived: chaos in the dilapidated airport, being besieged by countless men clamoring to carry our bags or put us in a taxi, the beauty of the mountains in the distance contrasted by the extreme poverty on the streets, the “anything goes” mentality of the drivers on the pothole-ridden streets (think “cabs in Manhattan, only much worse”). It was a lot to take in.

Deacon Patrick Moynihan and some of his staff brought us back to the LCS compound, and it’s spectacular. I’ll post some pictures and descriptions tomorrow. We had a chance to catch our breath and then we had Mass in their open-air chapel with the team of permanent volunteers at the Haitian Project. We’re off to supper in a few minutes, followed by prayers, and then right to bed. There’s a big day ahead of us tomorrow.

One more thing: a number of the delightful Haitian women who teach at LCS were giggling and pointing towards Rich. Then one of them got up the nerve to say, “He looks just like Messi, the football star!” I don’t see it myself, but I love how welcoming the entire community is here. So far, so good!

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Rich and I arrived in Port-au-Prince this afternoon. It was a long day of travel, but it went off without a hitch. We were both taken aback by the scene when we arrived: chaos in the dilapidated airport, being besieged by countless men clamoring to carry our bags or put us in a taxi, the […]MORE

Destination: Haiti

Posted by: on June 12, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Early tomorrow, Rich Lumley (Campus Minister Extraordinaire) and I will be off for a quick trip to Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti to do a little work with The Haitian Project. Founded by Deacon Patrick Moynihan (Providence College ’99G and an honorary degree recipient in 2012), The Haitian Project operates the Louverture Cleary School (LCS), a Catholic, co-educational boarding school. LCS educates and nurtures academically talented and motivated students from the poorest Haitian families to maximize  their potential and enable them to work toward building a Haiti where  justice and peace thrive.

Rich and I will be working with Deacon Moynihan and the staff and students of the LCS for a few days and will be scouting out the program in the hope of bringing a group of Providence College students there next summer. If I can figure out how to do it, I’ll post some pictures and descriptions of what we’re up to. Until then, please pray for us and those we’ll meet along the way.

Early tomorrow, Rich Lumley (Campus Minister Extraordinaire) and I will be off for a quick trip to Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti to do a little work with The Haitian Project. Founded by Deacon Patrick Moynihan (Providence College ’99G and an honorary degree recipient in 2012), The Haitian Project operates the Louverture Cleary School (LCS), a Catholic, co-educational boarding […]MORE

Welcome!

Posted by: on June 7, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Welcome to our new Providence College Campus Ministry blog. This is the only site you’ll need to learn about all of the different opportunities to get involved with Campus Ministry in Friartown.

What’s Campus Ministry all about? We make every effort to engage all PC students – the devout, the disengaged, and the seekers – in a number of different ways. Our students might serve at Mass or serve at a local soup kitchen. They might build houses with Habitat for Humanity or build a strong community at a social event or small faith sharing group. In any case, there are opportunities for prayer, service, faith formation, and community offered to our students every day of the year. Bottom line: There is something for everyone in Campus Ministry.

In the weeks and months to come, this blog will feature exciting upcoming events, photos and stories about past events, reflections from students, spotlight stories on our twenty-six different groups, and plenty of opportunities to get involved. Thanks for visiting and God bless you!

Welcome to our new Providence College Campus Ministry blog. This is the only site you’ll need to learn about all of the different opportunities to get involved with Campus Ministry in Friartown. What’s Campus Ministry all about? We make every effort to engage all PC students – the devout, the disengaged, and the seekers – […]MORE