July 9, 2021
As news reports describe political and civic unrest in Haiti in the wake of the brutal assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse, and a potential looming humanitarian crisis compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, let us pray for our neighbors in Haiti. May God bring them comfort and peace during this time of uncertainty, loss, and hardship. We pray that, in this time of crisis, our loving God may ease their struggles, pain, and suffering; that peace, civility, and justice will reign over any acts of violence and terror; and that the Haitian people will find support from a caring world community.
We also pray for those in our own Creighton community who are from Haiti, or who have family or friends in Haiti. Our own Creighton presence in the Dominican Republic for half a century positions us not just as proximate neighbors with Haiti, but as friends and colleagues with Haitians on both sides of the Dominican border, particularly those residing in Batey Libertad and Batey Dos, near ILAC’s home campus in the city of Santiago de Los Caballeros.
As a University community, we are here for you, particularly during this troubling, uncertain time, and resources are available if you need to talk to someone. We are hopeful that the coming days will bring solace, peace, and good news. As we continue to monitor the unfolding situation, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD