Cathedral News

Our Cathedral Parish Nurse E.A. Cole has been chosen as “2017 CHM Faith Community Nurse of the Year!” Norton Healthcare defines a Parish Nurse as a “registered professional nurse who is actively licensed in a given state and who serves as a member of the staff of a faith community. The faith community nurse promotes wholeness of the faith community, its groups, families, and individual members through the practice of nursing as defined by that state's nurse practice act in jurisdiction in which the faith community nurse practices.” E.A. was chosen from the many outstanding Parish Nurses from our local community to receive this award.  E.A.’s faith filled dedication to the Cathedral, it’s ministries and community outreach, especially to those whose circumstances prevent them from being able to attend the Cathedral is an amazing gift to us.Thank you E.A. for bringing this honor to our Cathedral Parish!

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit www.tek4kids.org


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May 21, 2014

Up at the crack of dawn as usual. Gary left me at the house to wait for Natcom who never showed up at the scheduled time. Finally got over to Jardin St. Louis around 8:30 AM leaving Nancy at the house to wait. Seems like even Haitian businesses are on Haitian time.

Gary had some errands to run so I ended up in the battery room of St. Louis trying to solve some communication problems with, whom else, Natcom. John Wally showed up needing me to look at a laptop for him in his classroom. Turns out that it was really messed up. Had to swap it out with one of the spares so that I could take it back to the residence for repair. 
Next stop was an orphanage that Cathy, Gary’s wife, had found on one of the earlier trips and convinced Gary to help. It was some 20 minutes up in the hills overlooking Jeremie. Beautiful scenery once you got up there but oh so far away using roads that in most cases are just washed out ruts in the hills. Seeing the conditions of the surrounding neighborhoods is heart wrenching to say the least.  It appears to be logistically impossible to get equipment and supplies up here especially if it rains but Cathy really wants to help the orphanage.

Back to St. John Bosco so Nancy can show me the problem with Microsoft Office that she is having. Once seeing the problem I concluded that maintenance, specifically service pack 2, applied to MS Office is causing the problem. Showed Nancy how to remove the service pack to eliminate the problem and she is now a happy camper.

Nancy and I returned to the residence. After a quick shower and another delicious meal thanks to Mia, I tackled the laptop from John Wally’s classroom. Ended up having to restore it back to factory defaults and then had to install all of the software that we use for teaching purposes. Then it was up to the Windows Server Update Services to apply Microsoft maintenance to Windows. Left the laptop to update during the night and off to bed.

May 20

Busy! Visited St. Theresa in the morning to iron out some problems with Clovita. Came back to the house around 9:00 AM so Gary could meet with Pere Luxo. Then we were off to meet Pere Raymond around 12:30 PM about the technical school and the up coming trip some people will make to the states next month. He was invited but has an expired Visa. The young seminarian from France has also been invited.

Then around 1:30 PM Gary was back off to St. Theresa for a meeting with the contractor who will be building the second floor addition beginning in July.

I stayed back waiting on NatCom, who by the way did not show. They were supposed to run fibre to the residence and install equipment. Hopefully no more sticks to keep track of here. If all works out will have fibre run to St. Louis this fall. Now we are waiting on city power so we can run back to Jardin St. Louis to figure out which black wire is hot. Lots of running!

And now you have my blog entry for the day.  (Now you see what I get to work with - Dave)

May 18 - Flag Day

Don has been up to his elbows, so I thought I'd toss something in.
May 18 is a national holiday in Haiti.  I'm not going to attempt to summarize things I have limited appreciation for, but I do know that the people of Ayiti have been through much throughout history.  Dominiation by foreign powers being one big part.  Gaining some degree of independence and establishing meaning is something we are quite familiar with in our own struggle for estabishing the USA.

Don mentioned in an earlier blog that Nancy was working on a banner.  Here it is hanging in the Cathedral.  Nancy descrbes her banner ...
"Maybe you didn't notice the little design of Haiti in the woman's hands. My intention was a Haitian woman in a prayer of supplication for her country."  With the wording "Our country, here it is Father" a beautiful statement of faith.

 

May 19, 2014

Monday.  Only four more days in Ayiti. Gary and I both up before dawn. Me because I went to bed so early. Gary, well he couldn’t sleep. We had lost power during the early morning hours and his room was getting to hot for him to stay.

Full day. I got the SD card in the last of the camera’s, the one in the parts room, the one David really wanted installed. Mounted the camera on the wall of the battery room, did some refocusing for David, then tried my hand at putting the ends on a cat5 cable. Unfortunately don’t think I got it right the first time and the tester had a dead battery so could not test to see which colors I got wrong. Jury rigged two cat5 cables together to connect the camera to the router. Will have to redo the longer cable later.

Off to the Rectory. Seems the bank that had its’ generator housed inside the rectory compound has moved to new quarters and taken the generator with them. Father Tony and the rectory will no longer receive free electricity to charge batteries anymore. His number one wish now is to purchase a generator of his own. Bank was kind enough to give us the electrical wire that connected to generator to the old bank building. Took us two trips down and up the BIG hill to get that accomplished. Hate that hill.

Back to Jardin St. Louis. Work going extremely well and easy. Scary! Battery room almost finished and the pump house only needs a couple more days and then we will be pumping fresh, clean water. Broke off around 4:00 PM or so. Having company tonight for dinner, young man from France who teaches at the technical school located behind St. Louis high school. Around 6:00 PM it started to rain and it hasn’t stopped yet. Trying to finish documentation and some other odds and ins for Gary as well as getting this blog out. 
Well good night! I’m done for now. Tomorrow is another day.

 

May 18, 2014

It is Sunday, Flag Day in Ayiti, and Nancy and I are off to Marcel’s to paint the big room of his new workshop. Been painting for several hours now and it is hotter than hades underneath this tin roof. I don’t think I have ever sweated this much in my life. So much in fact, that my clothes are soaked from head to toe.

Left Marcel’s around 12:30 PM heading back to Jardin St. Louis to find Gary and the guys. Found them hard at work.  Gary and I decided this was a good time for me to try updating the laptops in CR1 over at St. Louis high school. Unfortunately everyone, and I mean everyone is down at the wharf celebrating Flag Day so we can’t get into the school at all. 

Back across the street to Jardin St. Louis to accomplish as much as possible. Broke off around 2:00 PM which was a good thing since it started pouring down rain again. It is, after all, the rainy season in Ayiti.

Nancy arrived from Marcel’s around 6:30 PM soaked to the bone. Gary and I had already eaten, as had Nancy at Marcel’s so we pretty much just sat around the table discussing anything and everything until everyone headed off to bed.