DECATUR - Sister JoAn Schullian at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church received an email from the Motherhouse in Springfield that her fellow sister working at a clinic in Jeremie, Haiti was OK.

She was relieved that Sister Maryann Berard was not injured when the 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti.

"Sister Maryann is the administrator of the HHF clinic in Jeremie and she, along with those with whom she serves, is assessing the damage in their communities as well as the impact on their volunteers and patients," said Sister Jomary Trstensky, provincial Superior of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield.

The Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a not-for-profit corporation, collects and redistributes medical equipment and supplies.

They are preparing to respond to the needs of the earthquake victims in Haiti by preparing blankets, hygiene kits, medical and first-aid supplies for shipment.

The Catholic Diocese in Springfield also announced that Catholic Relief Services is in place to aid Haiti after the devastating destruction from the earthquake.

"Haiti is one of the poorest countries of the world and has few resources to deal with an emergency of this size," said Vicki Compton, director of the Office for the Missions for the Catholic Diocese of Springfield.

"The people of Haiti are ill-equipped to handle any sort of emergency situation, certainly not one of this magnitude. The resilience and faith of the Haitian people is their only and greatest resource."

Compton said Catholic Relief Services has been working in Haiti since 1954.

To help

Donations to the Catholic Relief Services for Haitian Relief can be made online at CRS.org or mailed to CRS, 228 W. Lexington, Baltimore, Md., 21201-3413.

Contributions for the Southern Baptist disaster relief effort can be made online at www.gobgr.org.

Can make donations or checks payable to East Park Baptist Church, 1919 Baltimore Ave. Decatur, IL 62521. All funds received go straight to Haiti.

For more, see Saturday's Herald & Review.

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