JOURNEY WITH ACN is our Friday newsletter which will be regularly posted to our blog. This weekly newsletter will an opportunity for us to acquaint you with the needs of the Church and the projects we have realized together in countries around the world.
This week: Haiti
A jeep, some breviaries and some bookshelves for the national seminary in Port-au-Prince
By ACN International
Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada
On 12 January 2010, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake, which claimed the lives of at least a quarter of a million people and laid waste to entire cities. Also devastated by this catastrophe was the National Seminary in the capital, Port-au-Prince – the only seminary in the country.
Six theology students, eight philosophy students and one professor lost their lives, while many of the buildings were completely flattened, including the chapel, the refectory and the library. But 243 of the seminarians managed to survive the earthquake. “When I think that the entire community could well have been in the chapel at the time of the earthquake, it sends shivers down my spine,” the apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Erzbischof Bernardito Auza remarked at the time to the Fides news service. “That would really have been a terrible loss.” And he added, “Those who were buried under the rubble were for the most part able to free themselves. The rector was in his office on the ground floor of one of the buildings at the time. His office no longer exists, but the rector himself was unhurt and cannot himself remember how or in what way he managed to get out. He says that Our Lady must have led him.”
Despite everything, the seminary was able to resume its activities just a few weeks after the catastrophe, though in tents this time. ACN has helped a number of times in support of the seminary, following this terrible catastrophe, so that the nearly 250 young men still training there for the priesthood are able to continue pursuing their vocation.
Most recently the rector asked us for help to purchase a jeep, some breviaries and some solid bookshelves for the philosophy department. The vehicle was needed for transporting provisions for the seminary and for taking sick seminarians to the doctor, since there is no public transport. The bookcases are needed so that the library can be re-established, and the breviaries are vital for the spiritual life of the seminarians.
ACN has provided $8,400 for some solid metal bookshelves, $4,200 for the cost of the breviaries and $41,300 for the purchase of a jeep.
The rector and all the seminarians want to say thank you to all our generous benefactors, not only for your donations but also for your prayers, and know that they in turn are praying for you!