Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Haitian Earthquake, One Year Later

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti. The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is the largest diocese by population of the Episcopal church, and its cathedral as well as many churches and schools were destroyed.

Last night, American Public Media's The Story ran an interview about efforts to support one of those schools, the Holy Trinity Music School in Port au Prince.

On the eve of the anniversary of the earthquake, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori also pledged continued support, both material and spiritual, to the people of Haiti and the Episcopal Church there.

We continue to work with and pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti. The Episcopal Church is urgently engaged in supporting the rebuilding of the cathedral complex, in addition to mission partnerships all over the nation. We hope for significant and measurable progress in the coming months in improving the lives of Haitians, helping to restore livelihoods, and stabilizing the institutions of communities and the nation.
For our part, All Saints continues to include the Church in Haiti in our prayers at Sunday mass. Elsewhere in the diocese, Christ Church Cathedral will observe the anniversary with a memorial evensong at 5:15 this evening. The Cathedral has also issued a matching challenge to encourage other churches in the diocese to help rebuild, a mission opportunity All Saints would do well to consider.

Image via Episcopal News Service

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