I have been home with my dying mother, as a son and as a doctor and as a priest. Daily mass, managing her pain medicines, helping in any way I can. I was determined to stay with her to the end, especially since my whole adult life I have been far from home in the foreign missions.
I have to tell you, every day at mass, when I ask mom if she has any special intentions, she says, "for you, for God to keep you strong, and for your mission in Haiti."
Now we have this huge sadness in Haiti. I told her I have to leave for a while. She said to me, "you have to go. The problems there are worse than mine."
Tonight I will drive to Kennedy Airport in New York with Conan Conaboy. We cannot fly to Haiti tomorrow, so we will fly to Santo Domingo. Kieran and Vern Conaway will meet us there, and Robin from Chicago. We will drive to Haiti together to see how we can help.
I know there is extensive damage at our new hospital, that the perimeter walls of all three of our Tabarre programs have fallen. I know there is damage to the hospital walls.
I also know there is severe damage at the old hospital in Petionville.
Lets pray everyone is alright.
I have heard that everyone at the orphanage in Kenscoff is OK.
I will not arrive until Thursday morning, since the border between Dominican Republic and Haiti will be closed when we arrive tomorrow. We will find the best way to keep you informed and let you know how you can help.
Let's stay bound together in friendship and prayer.
God bless us all. Especially the suffering people of Haiti, and my dear mother, Gerri Frechette.
Fr Rick Frechette