This past Sunday the Friends of the Orphans Northwest family was blessed to have Father Rick Frechette visiting from Haiti. About seventy-five people gathered in the Rudolf family home, host family of Rodolfo, to hear Father Rick talk about the many programs of NPH Haiti. All of this year’s leadership students attended as well as charter class alum Jean Francois. Fr. Rick talked about the especially tough economic situation facing the Haiti home and programs that have brought very difficult decisions as they try to make do with less resources.
Father Rick, on behalf of the St. Luke Foundation which helps fund the St. Luke Hospital as well as many other programs, received the prestigious Opus prize in recognition of the phenomenal impact the Hospital and the many other programs have had in the lives of thousands of Haitians. The Opus prize is a faith-based humanitarian award that gives one $1 millon award each year to a deserving organization. Here is a beautiful video put together by the Opus Prize in recognition of Fr. Rick and the St. Luke Foundation’s work:
Last Sunday, Father Tom celebrated Mass with the Leadership Group, their host families and mentors. It was a wonderful evening of prayer, celebration and great food! Wendy and Emir shared some thoughts on how Three Kings Day is celebrated in Mexico and Honduras. See Wendy’s thoughts here and Emir’s here!
As a community, we celebrated the progress of these five Pequeños, both in their English abilities as well as in their personal growth as emerging leaders.
Thanks to Greg Schuler for this fun video!! This will make you smile and giggle, I promise.
And here is another: “Feliz Navidad!!!”. Greg is having too much fun with this!
This past Monday Jean Francois and Fr. Rick Frechette were interviewed by FOX 13 news in ongoing coverage of NPH/NPFS, Friends of the Orphans, and Molly Hightower, a local NPFS Haiti volunteer who tragically lost her life in the 2010 earthquake. Click here to see the interview.