Aug. 16, 2021
As we continue to closely follow news reports of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Saturday, let us pray for the Haitian people who are suffering from such immense loss and devastation.
Tragically, the death toll and the number of injured continue to rise, according to the latest reports. Let us pray for all of those who have died in this disaster, and for those who have suffered loss and injury. May God bring them comfort and healing during this very difficult time.
We also pray for those in our own Creighton community who are from Haiti, or who have family or friends in Haiti. As I have noted previously, we have a particularly close relationship with the Caribbean, and many friends and colleagues in the region, through our nearly 50-year presence in the Dominican Republic with the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC). I remain thankful that, while the earthquake was felt 100 miles away at our campus in Santiago, following our immediate outreach, we learned that there were no injuries, and that our Encuentro Dominicano students arrived safely on Sunday.
So too, we pray for the people of Afghanistan as they witness swift and tremendous upheaval in their own country, and a very uncertain future. Indeed, Creighton has 12 students living in Afghanistan who are enrolled in the online B.S. in Leadership program through a Creighton Global Initiative grant. These students live in the Herat, Bamyan, and Daikundi provinces. They are all graduates of the Jesuit Worldwide Learning’s Diploma in Liberal Studies. Please join me in praying for them, the broader populations of both of these afflicted countries, and for all people in the world, in these difficult days, weeks, months, and likely years ahead. Also, please watch for opportunities to support the Haitian people in this time of great need. Let us continue to look for ways we can help.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD