We the Bishops of Province II of The Episcopal Church were gathered for our annual retreat when we learned of the great earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Having spent our 2008 retreat in that country, we were already very conscious of the desperate situation of the Haitian people and of our Diocese of Haiti.
This new disaster which has injured and killed so great a number touches us very deeply. Haiti is the poorest nation of the hemisphere
Episcopal Relief and Development has set up a special fund for donations for Haiti relief at www.er-d.org.
Bulletin inserts will be available soon. As many of you know, the Diocese of Haiti is part of Province 2. We have yet to hear from our seminary but we do know that the cathedral has been destroyed as well as many parishes and schools. Bishop Duracin and his wife are alive but their house is gone. Please keep the people of Haiti in your prayers.
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement concerning the Jan. 12 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.
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