CTF-SOS DRS Update – August 4, 2010
Dear Friends of CTF-SOS DRS,
Health and peace. Greetings from Haiti. I just returned from the States. The mission continues…
Here is an update:
Many thanks to one of our newest members, Jared Rottinghaus, for his efforts in Port au Prince with Project Perpetual Help Haiti. Jared’s 3-week presence in the community here was very helpful and came at just the right time! That the bookends of the experience in Haiti were fundraising appeals in Massachusetts and New Jersey was also much appreciated. We need more people in Haiti and elsewhere like you!
Thanks as well to Mark Rosario, another new member, who is helping Dominic Surrao and me with information technology issues and the website.
These last weeks have been busy ones for all of us working with CTF-SOS DRS – in the US and elsewhere.
In the States, we had people making fundraising appeals in 4 different places this last weekend. Many thanks to all of you, including D’Ann, for your efforts. She is busy managing the community in Milwaukee and carrying out many activities related to SOS DRS – particularly arranging for the MCP appeals. It has been a blessing to have Frs. Aloice and Julius [Kenya - both] and Fr. Sylvio [Haiti] for the daily liturgical activities of the community in the US including mass, adoration and praying the world mission rosary.
In Haiti, Theresia and I have been managing the community and along with some Haitian volunteers – especially MarcDaly – and other ex-pats [Jared –US]; [John - Cameroon] working hard on the infrastructure for Project Perpetual Haiti and preparing relief programs. Our first program is Help the Spiritans - an earthquake relief program directed at helping the Congregation of the Holy Spirit rebuild. They were devastated by the disaster and have become collaborators now. It has been a blessing to have Fr. Verdieu [Haiti] along with yours truly for the daily liturgical activities of the community including mass, adoration and praying the world mission rosary.
In Italy the members of CTF Central and our collaborators are moving forward on the Rainbow Study, Stella Polare and the other aspects of Project St. Camillus – including making trips to Aquila; a board meeting or two; planning for a 2011 conference on PTSD, children and disasters; working with Misericordiae, etc.
The project in Chile continues to move forward primarily through the efforts of Sebastian, Patricia and Alicia under the guidance of Fr. Pietro Magliozzi, MI and with the aid of CTF Central and SOS DRS. Among other things we are finalizing the contract for the pre-fabricated-hospital-bed containers and continuing our ministry in Parral and Cauquenes.
In the Philippines, Fr. Sam is still continuing his rehabilitation efforts along with Fr. Meng. Fr. Aris is also helping during his brief stay in the country.
In Kenya, Fr. John Mosoti has moved the pastoral center to another location, and CTF-SOS DRS Kenya has another student in the Camillian CPE program. She may work with Theresia when she returns to her ministry in Kibera. The presence of Fr. Aloice in the US and Fr. Julius (both from Kenya) will hopefully give impetus to our efforts in Kenya.
May the Lord continue to bless the efforts of CTF-SOS DRS. Let us pray for each other. The mission continues…