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Haiti Crisis

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

The following message was sent to all faculty, students and staff on January 13.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

The major humanitarian disaster underway in Haiti calls out to us to respond in prayers and action.

The deadly 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurred 10 miles southwest of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince yesterday. Reports indicate that the casualties will be staggering, perhaps more than 100,000.

Santa Clara is in contact with relief agencies and other Jesuit institutions to determine the best way to respond to the overwhelming emergency need. Catholic Relief Services has made an initial commitment of 5 million dollars for immediate use in the relief effort, and is geared up for a major emergency response to this severe disaster. Our Jesuit network of colleges and universities is identifying a joint response in collaboration with Jesuit Relief Services on the ground in Haiti and Jesuit Universities Humanitarian Action Network (JUHAN) at Fordham.

Right now there is an urgent need for financial contributions. Both Jesuit Refugee Services/USA and Catholic Relief Services are accepting cash donations for relief efforts. I encourage you to be as generous you can given your own circumstances.

We will keep you appraised of any additional ways to help. Please keep the people of Haiti and all the relief workers in your prayers. In solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Haiti, I share with you the following prayer forwarded from Catholic Relief Services.



God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us. In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees us. Be with us as we stand in solidarity with those living and working in Haiti. Be with us in our mourning and guide our efforts to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, comfort the grieving and stand for justice. With your mercy, sustain us at this time as we continue to work for peace and justice. Amen.


Michael E. Engh, S.J.


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