Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake Update

We keep hearing terrible news from Port au Prince--everyone in the UN headquarters is believed dead, the Bishop in Port au Prince died, the National Palace is badly destroyed along with the cathedral. Having been to Port au Prince and seen the slums there, I know the devastation must be vast.

Most everyone in Haiti uses Digicel for cell phone service; there are few land lines. Digicel has been down since yesterday so no one in Ste. Suzanne knows anything about their family and friends in Port au Prince and the surrounding areas.

After hearing about the bishop, Jack and I are terribly worried about our friend Fr. Jean who lives in the same rectory complex.

For those of you who've tried calling or texting us, know that our phones are just down and that we're still okay.

Also, Catholic Relief Services has pledged $5 million in aid to victims of the earthquake; they've been doing great work in Haiti for years. I know some of you are looking for places to send donations, this would be a good organization. I'll let you know of others as I hear more.

We're so appreciative of all the prayers and concern. Please keep praying for those affected by the earthquake.



  1. Also, I just heard that Food for the Poor is sending aid to Port au Prince. I'd recommend this organization as well.


  2. Glad to hear you guy are ok. I'll give the Epic people here an update. -John Reis

  3. You can donate to Catholic Relief Services here:

    and Food for the Poor here:

  4. Jack and Andrea,
    The FOCUS team just read your blog, and we will be praying for you and all in Haiti. We'll especially pray for your friend, Fr. Jean.

  5. Jack and Andrea
    We are all praying and let us know if there is anything we can do

  6. We just got a call from Patrice to say that Andrew's ship has been ordered to Haiti - keep an eye out for him!