This is a picture of Patrick Moynihan, who is a deacon at St. Paul's Catholic Church. We attend St. Paul's on occasion and Dennis worked with Patrick's wife before they returned to Haiti to be missionaries. The following article is from the local newspaper; I wanted to share with you the work in Haiti and about Patrick and his family.
By Andrew MooreJanuary 14, 2010 - 12:00 a.m. EST
The earthquake that reduced much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti to rubble on Tuesday night spared The Haitian Project’s Louverture Cleary School school in the city, President Patrick Moynihan of Salem confirmed Wednesday.
The Haitian Project is a Catholic Mission that supports and operates the tuition-free, Catholic, co-educational secondary boarding school for underprivileged Haitian children.
“The school is in the best condition that we could expect in the face of this disaster, and it is important that we now as quickly as possible ascertain the integrity of our buildings and ensure that we continue to have sufficient water and food for the immediate future,” Moynihan said. “ Our first priorities continue to be to house and feed our students and help those in our community and neighborhood as we have for the past 22 years through the many difficult situations in Haiti.”
Moynihan said while seven students of the more than 350 enrolled were injured — one seriously — they were all expected to recover.
“Fortunately, and we say this with all compassion, our construction is relatively new, and it was well done, so it is still standing. At a later date we’ll have to conduct an engineering analysis to make sure the integrity of the structure is still there,” he said.
... Moynihan and his family, who live in Haiti during their missionary work, commended the Upstate volunteers.
“It’s amazing the leadership these volunteers have shown,” he said. “They don’t want to come home. They’re committed to their work.”
...Those wishing to make donations may do so at The Haitian Project, PO Box 6891, Providence, RI, 02940, or by visiting the project online www.haitianproject.org/donate .