Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Haiti bishop comes to US for respite, House of Bishops meeting

From Episcopal New Service-

Episcopal Diocese of Haiti Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin recently joined his wife, Marie-Edithe, in Florida where she is recovering from injuries suffered in the magnitude-7 earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12.

His visit is meant to be a time of respite as well as a reunion with his wife and their son, James, who has been in Florida since Feb. 9 when he accompanied his mother, who was evacuated to the U.S. for medical treatment, according to the Rev. Lauren Stanley, an Episcopal Church-appointed missionary to Haiti and Duracin's liaison in the U.S.

From Florida, Duracin plans to travel to Camp Allen, Texas, for the House of Bishops' annual spring retreat, Stanley said. Duracin will then return to Haiti in time for Holy Week and Easter, she added.

Duracin brought with him the couple's two daughters, Marie-Edza and Manuschca, and a grandchild. A second son, Jean Richard, remains in Haiti, Stanley said.

It has been weeks since Duracin has seen his severely injured wife, whom he and others rescued from their earthquake-destroyed home in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Until their reunion in the Diocese of Southwest Florida over the past weekend, Duracin had seen his wife only three times since she was evacuated from Port-au-Prince a few days after the earthquake.

Her injured leg was initially treated at Zanmi Lasante in Cange and later on the USNS Comfort hospital ship. From there, she and son James were transported Feb. 9 by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force to the Veterans Administration hospital in Tampa.

Diocese of Southwest Florida Bishop Dabney Smith coordinated pastoral care for the Duracins and later arranged for Marie-Edithe and her son to continue her recovery at the diocese's Dayspring Episcopal Conference Center, according to Stanley.

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