My Visit to Haiti

This past weekend, I had the privilege of representing the bishops of the United States at the funeral of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  The Papal Nuncio to Haiti and the Haitian bishops invited me because of my role as Chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services.  Joining me on this profoundly moving trip were Ken Hackett, President of CRS, and Monsignor David Malloy, General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Sean Callahan, CRS executive vice-president for overseas operations, and I look over the rubble of the Notre Dame Cathedral before the funeral.

photo by Sara A. Fajardo

At the funeral of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot and Vicar Charles Benoit, on Saturday, January 23, 2010

photo by Sara A. Fajardo

While we were there, we also had the opportunity to visit just some of the hundreds of CRS workers who are hard at work providing relief to those whose lives were devastated by this tragedy, and who are even know beginning to plan for the next phase – the reconstruction of Haiti. CRS provides not only emergency relief in times of disaster, but has been working in Haiti since the 1950’s, and will be there for decades to come.

photo by Msgr. David Malloy

photo by Msgr. David Malloy

This morning, some members of the New York media interviewed me about my trip.  Here’s a copy of the audio of that press conference, as well as some photos of our visit provided by CRS.

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2 Responses to “My Visit to Haiti”

  1. Bruce says:

    Archbishop Dolan, your Excellency,

    Please, please continue your efforts in Haiti, but please also work to continue to straighten out and lead your flock at home too. Please join me in praying for the St. James Catholic Church in New York City, and please address the problems they have had with the scandal due to the wayward concert organizers.

    God Love You!

  2. Fr Guency says:

    Your Excellency, Archbishop Dolan,

    I am Fr Guency, I am haitian studying in France. I am very touched by your interest for our dear country. I please you to continue, by not stopping survey how they will distribute the fund given for Haiti. To not lead the other people do what they want without concertation. Thank you for has been in Haiti.

    May the Spirit of God enlight you in all !