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Delivering food, shelter, and hope to the poorest of the poor
Through support from Cross Catholic Outreach, Sr. Irene Claire Duval, of the Compassionate Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, has been able to provide food, clothing and other necessities to Enit’s impoverished family.
I asked Enit to describe the changes this dynamic nun has made in their rural village of Viloux, Haiti. I expected to hear about the nun’s feeding, education or health care programs. Instead, Enit told of her spiritual impact – the beautiful service Sr. Irene conducts on Mondays; how she drives people to Mass in town on Sundays; and how she’s been working with kids of all ages so they can have their first communion.
She also told how Sr. Irene distributed a rosary to each family and explained how to pray with it. “Some people didn’t know about it,” Enit said. Her 14-year-old daughter, Junie, now prays the rosary faithfully. She also joins the nuns at the Mission House during their prayer time. It’s not a huge surprise that Junie wants to become a nun.
Enit said, “After God, it‘s Sister Irene that is there to help us!”
Sr. Irene helps Enit (left) feed, clothe and provide for her eight children. Junie, standing next to Sr. Irene, wants to become a nun.