Friday, May 17, 2013


Beautiful view from the Benedictine Monastery north of Port au Prince.

Whenever things get too chaotic, which they often will, I retreat to the Benedictine Monastery, the only monastic community in Haiti. The hospitality of the monks, the periods of silence, and the natural, stark beauty of the mountains calms me, and at the same time affirms the reason why I am in Haiti which is first and foremost because I am in love with the country and its people. And when you are in love, you see beauty where others do not see it.


Progress is not measured by huge leaps, but rather in infinitesimal small steps. We have built now over 45 houses, which when measured against the need that exists seems like a drop in the ocean. But for the woman who receives that house it is the ocean.