This month, the Cardinal Stepinac Children’s Center welcomed two new volunteers in Haiti. Sister Ana and Sister Liberija, Servants of the Infant Jesus, have travelled over 5,000 miles from Sarajevo to join our volunteers and staff in Haiti.
The charisma of the servants of the infant Jesus is to serve abandoned children and elderly. The sisters have had the children of Haiti in their hearts and prayers for many years. In early 2013, they contacted Fr. Giordano Belanich after discovering Croatian Relief Services and learning of our work with the orphans of Haiti. After much discussion and prayerful consideration, the sisters decided to join forces with Croatian Relief Services to better provide for the children of the Cardinal Stepinac Children’s Home.
The sisters arrived on January 10, along with their mother Superior, Sister Admirata. Mother Superior is headed home to Sarajevo after seeing that Sr. Ana and Sr. Liberija are settled for their extended stay. The sisters have come for an indefinite period to offer their skills, hands, time, and hearts in service of our 45 children. Our volunteers and staff are overjoyed to have new, energized individuals to provide extra support for our mission. Though it will take some time for the sisters to learn Creole and adjust to the daily challenges of life in Haiti, God has blessed them with the strength and resiliency to embrace the challenging work ahead.
Croatian Relief Services and the Cardinal Stepinac Children’s Home are abundantly blessed by the service of Sisters Ana and Liberija. We ask you for your continued support and prayers for our children, the sisters, and all of our volunteers and staff in Haiti.Share on Facebook
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and supporters! Every year in November we stop to reflect on how thankful we are for all of you. Through your generosity and dedication, we are able to change the lives of our children in Haiti, and a simple thank you does not begin to convey the depth of our gratitude.
This morning we received an update from Jane Murphy, our volunteer in Haiti. She told us that our youngest addition has been given a new name. Baby Andnerson is now Maximus (Max) Quinn Titus. Here we’d like to share with you Jane’s updates on our loved ones at the Cardinal Stepinac Children’s Home.
“Max, our new baby is doing well. He had his first fever that lasted only a day, but everything is well. He stands up when he holds your hands by the pinky fingers, started to rollover and sits up. He looks super fat in the picture, but he’s just one of those babies whose pictures don’t do him justice weight wise. His name is Maximus Quinn Titus even though he doesn’t have a birth certificate yet and is a very smily baby.
Gaelle, Jozna and Emerson had their birthdays. Gaelle and Jozna blew out the first birthday candles of their lives and yes, Widson was very jealous. He took Gaelle’s Sorry game that she got for her birthday and tried to run out the door with it, thinking no one would see. Jozna got Beanie Babies and a small purse. They came over to the volunteer house on Saturday afternoon and watched Space Jam as their birthday celebration and I made them Funfetti cake. Emerson came over today and he got a secret spy Toy Story kit with brand new sneakers. He loved the sneakers and asked if he could wear them right away. Widson also tried to swipe the sneakers before Emerson could get them on his feet. He cried but settled for my black flip flops as a good trade to walk around the house in. Sentia was also over and found a sticker book. I went over to see what she was doing just to see her decorating her face with stickers.
In other news, we are preparing for Thanksgiving. We have so many reasons to be grateful for…
God bless and happy Thanksgiving everybody!”Share on Facebook
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