by Sister Ann Crawley, CSJP
Sisters Ann Crawley and Maureen Boggins have ministered with the people of Milot Haiti since 2009. Sister Ann's outreach program provides food, shelter, and education. Sister Maureen provides English as a Second Langauge training to staff at Hôpital Sacré Coeur. Our mission presence in Haiti began in 2009 as a special project to mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.
Below is an update from Sister Ann on our mission presence in Haiti:
I have become so very busy with school projects, cultivating land to grow fruit and vegetables, etc and of course building projects. I just don't know where the time goes, but it surely flies.
We shall soon be seven years here and hopefully maybe another seven! It was my dream to build 100 houses and God in His great goodness has helped me achieve this in advance... and more!
On Easter Sunday when the world was rejoicing, enjoying the Big Easter feast, a dear grandmother and her deceased daughter's seven children literally rose from the rags and ruins of a mud and bamboo hut to move into their lovely new home, their first real house for the family. There was great rejoicing, my heart literally leap for joy! This is surely a real resurrection story I am privileged to have witnessed.
I do the begging, God touches hearts and miracles happen every day. Thanks be to God for our many generous donors who help and support us in this mission to the poorest of the poor. They are certainly a light in the darkness for the poor of Haiti and a joy to their hearts.
I am planning a break as the heat has been horrific, sometimes 130 degrees which can be very tiring. I look forward to seeing my sisters and brothers and all our Sisters, too.
"We must be signs of hope and healing in the midst of the cultural reality in which we find ourselves."
Ann Rutan, CSJP