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Priest-doctor Rick Frechette and his Haitian mission

Twenty-five years ago, the Rev. Richard Frechette began a ministry in Haiti to care and provide houses for orphans. Today his program shelters 800 children in several centers. When the orphanages were overwhelmed by children with HIV, the Passionist priest received permission from his Order to go to medical school, leading him to eventually open a modern pediatric hospital; its second incarnation is the largest of its kind in the country. After the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti, the hospital expanded to include an adult unit. Frechette is also building homes and communities, while many nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, are mired in bureaucracy. In an 8-minute video, correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro chronicles the life and work of Father Rick Frechette, the Catholic priest who’s helping to heal Haitis children, for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, a source for cutting-edge reporting and analysis of religion news. 

 

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