Prayers and Relief for Haiti

Posted on January 13, 2010

Frequent updates on the status of the Diocese of Haiti.



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(1/25) Video of earthquakes destruction of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Port-au-Prince

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port au Prince In this photo, the beautiful Cathedral of the Holy Trinity before the earthquake. Holy Trinity Cathedral is renowned for it's mix of gothic and colonial design and many beautiful murals throughout the building and campus.

A YouTube video has been posted of what remains of the cathedral following the earthquake.



(1/15, 11:40) Daily life in Haiti before the quake


Mondoweiss is one of the blogs I read religiously. Today, it presented this short essay from contributor James North on the presuppostions by the American media about poverty in Haiti.


(1/15, 11:00 a.m.) Updates from the Rev. Lauren Stanley, Missionary to Haiti


The Rev. Lauren Stanley is a missionary to Haiti who was in the United States during the earthquake. She is perhaps the most knowledgable person in the church about the Diocese of Haiti and its ministries. Stanley's previous career was as a journalist and she is doing an excellent job posting updates to her blog . One recent update says that many of the children at the St. Vincent's School for Handicapped Children did not survive the quake; which is different from what was posted here and elsewhere yesterday.


Follow Stanley's blog here .


Updates from The Episcopal Church's Missionary Centers site


The most comprehensive aggragation of information that is being received at the office of mission at the Church Center in New York is available here. This information is well vetted and is being supported by the office of communications.



(1/14/2010, 3:00 p.m.) Updates on the Sisters of St. Margaret


The sisters of the Society of St. Margaret are continuously tracking information about their sisters in Port-au-Prince . All reports are that the convent was destroyed, but some encouraging information is coming in. A recent report includes:


THIS JUST IN FROM Christ Church, Cambridge, MA at 4:48 pm on 1-14-10: In the 36 hours since the Earthquake in Haiti, we have used every imaginable means to try to locate our good friend, former Vestry Clerk and Christ Church parishioner Jude Harmon. This morning we have received multiple confirmations that Jude is alive, well and camping out with others from the seminary on a nearby soccer field. Praise God!



(1/14/2010, 2:00 p.m.) St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children


One important ministry in the Diocese of Haiti is the St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children. This boarding facility is both a school and medical/rehabilitation facility for about 150 boarders and 150 day-students. According to Serena E. Beeks, executive director of the Commission on Schools, Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, that "Pere Sadoni and everyone at St. Vincent's School for handicapped children got through the earthquake without serious injury."


In the Diocese of West Tennessee, the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership reports that retired priest and former director of St. Vincent’s the Rev. Bill Squire will be leading a medical mission to Port-au-Prince and St. Vincent’s school this Saturday. The WTN Haiti Partnership asks for prayers for Squire and the safety of the mission trip.


The Nationanal Association of Episcopal Schools reports the following:


This list of Episcopal schools reported destroyed has been complied from reports published by Episcopal News Service and received from the Rev. Kesnar Ajax, executive director of the Bishop Tharp Institute in Les Cayes, Haiti, and others.

Buteau, St. Etienne (destroyed)
Carrefour, Bon Samaritan (destroyed)
Delmas, St. Martin de Tours (destroyed)
Port-au-Prince, Ste. Trinité (destroyed)






The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church Katherine Jefferts Schori and Episcopal Relief and Development president Robert Radtke have posted this video statement about the disaster in Haiti and ERD's response .



The people of the Diocese of California are praying for the people of Haiti and are ready to respond to the greatest natural disaster in that country’s history. The earthquake of January 12, 2010, has been absolutely devastating and we seek to offer our assistance to our sisters and brothers in Haiti in every way possible.


Haiti is the largest diocese (in numbers of people) in The Episcopal Church and early reports are that Holy Trinity Cathedral, Holy Trinity School, Bishop’s House (diocesan office), the bishop’s residence, St. Pierre College, and the Convent of the Sisters of St. Margaret in Port au Prince have all been destroyed. The Rt. Rev. Jean Zache Duracin, Bishop of Haiti has been in contact with the Presiding Bishop and he is coordinating efforts with Episcopal Relief and Development.


We invite all who read this to pray for the people of Haiti and to make donations through Episcopal Relief and Development.


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Episcopal Relief and Development has Haiti-specific inserts to put in your Sunday bulletins. They are available here:


ERD Half-page Bulletin Insert

ERD Full-page Bulletin Insert

Episcopal Life Online's coverage of the earthquake in Haiti is here.


 Photo: Reuters



The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following concerning the earthquake in Haiti:


The people of Haiti have suffered a devastating earthquake, and it is already clear that many have died and many more are injured.  Even under “normal” circumstances, Haiti struggles to care for her 9 million people.  The nation is the poorest in the western hemisphere, and this latest disaster will set back many recent efforts at development.  I urge your prayers for those who have died, been injured, and are searching for loved ones – and I urge your concrete and immediate prayers in the form of contributions to Episcopal Relief & Development, who are already working with the Diocese of Haiti to send aid where it is most needed.


The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop

The Episcopal Church



Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.



(Book of Common Prayer, p. 505)