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February 3, 2012 Haiti Update

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The James Stine dedication, on January 29, was nothing less than a celebration of the glory and power of God. A group of 46 travelers spent four days in Haiti, witnessing the beauty of the country and the success of the four schools that we have built over the past 11 years.

The time spent at Good Samaritans school and James Stine College was filled with ceremonies, speeches, dancing, signing, and many, many laughs.

The pilgrimage started when the travelers arrived in St. Marc, Haiti. They received the warmest welcome. Students at Good Samaritans School stood in the courtyard singing a welcome song in English for the travelers. I could see that the love the students immediately showed put a smile on everyone's face.

Following the special welcome, students went to class, and this gave the travelers a chance to tour the school and visit classrooms while in session.

The dedication ceremony was a highlight. I had the honor of addressing Cardinal-designate Edwin O'Brien, travelers, the congregation at James Stine, students, and many visitors. I felt it was necessary to show my gratitude to Cardinal-designate O'Brien, Cardinal William Keeler and the many other supporters who have done so much for the students and the Haiti programs sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation.

-Dr. Rod Mortel

Watch videos of the speech to Cardinal O'Brien and the welcome song of the students.