The following is an Easter Message from Bishop Thomas Gumbleton:
I greet you with blessings of joy this Easter season – a time that fills us with hope as we celebrate
the Resurrection of Jesus.
Together with some members of our Board, I was blessed to visit our Klinic in Haiti during Lent.
As always, it was an inspiring yet challenging time. We were able to observe the smooth
operation of the Klinic, and with Dr. Belfort, we reviewed the individual performance of each
staff member. The enthusiasm of the staff continues to inspire and guide us.
We serve approximately 600 people per month for primary care for children and adults. We also
continue weekly acupuncture treatments for stress reduction. The need for such treatment is
great. The results are truly gratifying.
As many of you are already aware, the most exciting development this year was the training of
three of the nurses to offer VIA, a procedure to diagnose and treat cervical cancer. Haiti has the
highest rates of cervical cancer in the world. We rejoice that Kay Lasante is one of very few
places where this treatment is available.
One of our companions on the trip, Laura Mckenna, admits to feeling quite overwhelmed by the
heart-breaking poverty, but she also experienced encouragement as she witnessed the work being
done at Kay Lasante. While the clinic cannot possibly address all the health challenges that the
people of Haiti face, it does bring healing and love to those we serve. For the poorest of our
brothers and sisters our humble clinic provides basic services that save lives.
And, of course, it could not be done without your generous support. Your continued support is
the only way it can continue. And your faithful support reinforces our commitment to continue
our work on behalf of this community. Your kindness does indeed make this neighborhood in
Port au Prince a place of Resurrection hope.
We thank you for your support.
May the joy and peace of the Risen Christ remain with you,
Bishop Tom Gumbleton