Missio plays vital role in Haiti response

IT HAS emerged that Missio, the Pontifical Mission Societies, played a vital role in responding to the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake last month.

Missio-England and Wales, Missio-Ireland and Missio-Scotland joined its 120 national offices across the world to launching an appeal for prayers and help for the islanders. Missio is the Catholic Church’s official agency for the support of 1,069 dioceses across the developing world and one of its responsibilities is to assist every seminary and seminarian.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Papal Nuncio in Haiti, has sent a report to Missio on the situation on the island.

“Both the national major seminaries (theology and philosophy) collapsed, killing 15 seminarians, one professor and some members of the personnel, as well as leaving a number of seminarians wounded, two or three of whom have had amputations. Many who were trapped under the rubble were saved after days, whiles some others were able to get out by themselves. There were 159 seminarians and eight resident formators and professors at the theology department, and 97 seminarians and two Formators at the philosophy department,” the nuncio said.

“The seminaries and the seminarians lost everything. Nothing except some of the books in the library on the third floor was saved. So, the greatest needs of the seminarians are clothing, toiletries, tents to sleep in. Many of the seminarians have been sent back to their dioceses, but the dioceses are also extremely poor and in great need of assistance.”

For a full report, visit:


To read Sr Janet Fearns FMDM’s first hand account of living in Haiti after the earthquake


To donate to Missio-Scotland,  telephone 01236 449774 or write to Missio Scotland, St. Andrew’s, 4 Laird Street, Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, ML5 3LJ, e-mail national.office@missioscotland.org.uk



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