The School Builder

By Leo Wobeter

We have had the privilege of meeting a modern-day Mother Theresa.  She’s a tiny, (less than 5 foot tall) humble lady in a habit who doesn’t let any grass grow under her feet.  She is up at the crack of dawn (5:00 a.m.) to pray with the sisters in her community.  She then prepares a simple breakfast, and if a priest is available, attends Mass at 7:00 a.m. During any normal day in addition to doing the ordinary things one does, she is constantly aware of the needs of those around her.  She goes to work helping those in need which could consist of providing food for the hungry, caring for a baby left on her doorstep, attempting to provide and/or arrange for medical care for the sick and dying, consoling someone who has lost a loved one, caring for orphans left in her care and any other number of activities centered around caring for people she comes in contact with. 

When she saw a need, she took on responsibility for establishing a school for the poorest of the poor kids in her community.  One minute she might be attempting to secure funding for the school and the next minute repairing a broken desk in one of the rudimentary classrooms.  On any given day, she might be attempting to obtain textbooks and school supplies for the students in her school or trying to locate teachers for her school.   

At noon, she attends prayers, and if there is enough food available, she and the sisters in her community cook a simple meal, after which she again attends prayers at 3:00.  On any given day, she might meet with groups of people to coordinate her order’s activities with theirs, all in the name of helping “do good” for those in need.  Then she attends prayer at 6:00 p.m., after which she reads spiritual material before retiring for the day at 9:00 p.m.  She describes life in her country as “not easy” but is optimistic things will change for the better eventually. 

You may be wondering how we as members of the Haiti Committee got to know this “Mother Theresa”.  Well, to tell the truth, the “Mother Theresa” we are referring to goes by the name of Sr. Jesula Joseph, who lives in the village of Ducrabon in our sister parish in Belle Fontaine, Haiti. When meeting her for the first time, your attention is called to her tiny stature and her holiness.  Sr. Joseph is tiny physically as was Mother Theresa, but she, like Mother Theresa, is mighty in action and imbued in holiness.  Sr. Joseph’s intimate relationship with her Creator was readily apparent when we observed her one day leading a prayer group in joyous song and dance.  Once you meet her, you will never forget her.  Her selfless sacrifice to her community is making a huge difference to those around her as well as to her suffering country.

Your contributions to our Lenten Alms for Haiti sustain the chapel schools in Notre Dame de Lourdes where disciples like Sr. Joseph are formed and sent forth.

Your donation of $150 or whatever you can offer helps give the children of Notre Dame de Lourdes a future. We leave you with this Haitian saying – Sa nou bay pòv se Bondye nou prete l, Translation: What we give to the poor, we lend to God.

Please Give Generously To Our 2022 Haiti Lenten Fundraiser 

Renmen Bondye, Sèvi Lòt Moun, Fòm Disip
Love God, Serve Others, Form Disciples.

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