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The Pontifical Mission Societies include the Society for the
Propagation of the Faith, the Missionary Childhood Association, the Society of St.Peter Apostle, and the Missionary Union of Priests and Religious. These Societies promote a prayerfulmissionary spirit among baptized Catholics and to gather a fund of support for the evangelizing and pastoral programs of more than 1,150 local churches of the Developing World.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Mission Family Reunion in Haiti

On Holy Thursday, an accidental meeting took place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; it proved that no matter where you find yourself doing God’s work, you’re with family.

The setting was the grounds outside the earthquake-ruined Cathedral. Hundreds of people gathered for the annual Chrism Mass; Bishop LaFontant was to celebrate the Liturgy. Oils would be blessed that would be used for the sacraments in devastated parishes in the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince.

In attendance that day was Sr. Lisa Valentini, a Missionary Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Sr. Lisa was in Haiti as part of a group of Sisters from many orders who had been bused in from the Dominican Republic to serve wherever she was needed. She happened to find work in a soup kitchen for children. Sister is also part of our One Family in Mission here in Boston; she speaks in parishes on behalf of her order and the Propagation of the Faith (last weekend found her preaching at St. Anthony’s in Somerville). Sr. Lisa also visits schools and parish religious education programs here on behalf of the Holy Childhood Association.

Sr. Lisa told us of meeting another of our Boston Mission family members at the Chrism Mass – Fr. Scott Binet, MI. Fr. Scott is a priest and a medical doctor. As a member of (CTF)S.O.S. Doctors, Fr. Scott and his fellow missionaries arrive at the cutting edge of devastation to serve the medical and spiritual needs of those affected by disaster. He will be speaking this summer at St. Ann in Somerville and St. Patrick in Watertown as part of our office’s Missionary Co- Operative Program. Every year, the Propagation arranges for missionaries from around the world to come to Boston to speak in our parishes about their work. Their stories inspire us to pray and sacrifice so that Jesus’ great commandment to “Go to the ends of the earth and preach My Gospel” can be fulfilled. While they are here, they become members of our Mission family.

It’s not a surprise that Fr. Scott or Sr. Lisa would be in Haiti serving God’s people at this time. That they should find themselves at the Chrism Mass together gave them both a moment of familial joy amidst their work.

In Port-au-Prince, it was a Boston family reunion.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Maureen and Fr. Tom,

    Greetings from Haiti! I am back here after a very pleasant visit in Boston. As you know I was there to further our disaster relief work:

    Yes, I enjoyed seeing Sr. Lisa first in Haiti and then in Boston. Providence brought us together again, this time in the home of the Red Sox!

    The situation in Haiti is still very difficult. Please keep the people here in your prayers. And know that your efforts at the Propagation are in mine.

    I am very much looking forward to visiting the Archdiocese in the summer.

    In Christ, through Mary - Fr. Scott