The Ruminations of an Episcopal Cleric

DR Mission – Day 8

It’s Saturday, and once again it is homeward bound from the Dominican Republic to South Florida. Before leaving the hotel, Father Vicente took me to bless the newborn son of Davis and Judith Santana. It was wonderful to see her again and to see their new baby.
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???????????????????????????????A knock at the door at 6:00 a.m. by our Team Leader, Karen Eddy, was the indicator that we were once again to prepare ourselves for going out into the mission field. With the customary??????????????????????????????? Eucharist in the morning, we were blessed by the beautiful playing of the saxophone by Hashan Bhim. At the conclusion of the Mass, we journeyed to another part of the Bonao area named Boca de Yuboa to engage in a half-day mission. Dr. Pat Rowe-King treated 55 children, concluding just after 2:00 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Granville Home

IMGP6945aThe girls gave their customary concert today. This included singing, dancing and a skit which they wrote. IMGP6934aVery entertaining! They then enjoyed their bags, ice cream and cake. This has really been a difficult group of girls this year, however we remain confident that we have had some influence on them.

Miss Granville was crowned today, the most polite and cooperative all week.

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Medical Clinic

We saw 30+ patients in the morning and headed up to Granville for our only experience with the girls.

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???????????????????????????????After the celebration of the Eucharist in the church, the Team went off to barrios to a place, which means in English “Liberty Village,” where they held another medical clinic. I returned to my hotel room and spent the morning working on church-related matters. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Clinic

IMGP6888aDr. Claudette McKenzie joined the group today, Thursday, June 13, after spending 3 days with another mission teamIMGP6923a in Kingston. With her area of specialty being gynaecology she is a welcome addition. Our Dr. Richards was ill, but with meds and some prayers she is recovering nicely and will be back in the clinic. Things continue to go very well in general.

Granville Home

DSCF0173aToday at Granville the girls were busily engaged in making duct tape purses, working in small groups they taught each DSCF0146aother the process. Small group discussions also focused on anger management and appropriate ways of expressing anger. Discussions with the facility teachers also brought out their needs and frustrations. Rev. Pere Maud continued her ministry to the entire staff. Overall it was a productive day.

PS…Josie’s prayers for the Miami Heat were answered.

???????????????????????????????Wednesday was, for me, a snap-shot into an aspect of Father Vicente Pena’s ministry. In addition to being the priest at Iglesia de San Juan Bautista and seven other mission satellites, he is the Bishop’s liaison between the Diocese and the Government of the Dominican Republic. This requires him to regularly make a 90 minute to 2-hour trip (depending on traffic) to Santo Domingo. It is because of this position that the Bishop has decided to move him from Bonao to Santo Domingo, effective August 1, 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Clinic

The Medical Clinic continues to work smoothly. Today was the last day with the dentist. Dr. Hibbert treated 21 dental patients on this day. We canIMGP6874 - Copya not say enough about how great an asset he has been to the team. The medical doctors saw over thirty patients and all left with 90 day supplies of IMGP6885aall their meds.

Today we had the honor of a visit to the clinic by the new mayor of Falmouth. He expressed his appreciation for our contribution, and we presented him with blood pressure monitors to use at the government clinic facilities.


Granville Home

IMGP6862 - CopyaToday was a challenging day as some of the girls had behavioral outbursts. However eventually they all settled down and we were able to complete the day’s program.

On Tuesday, June 11, we celebrated the feast of St. Barnabas, Apostle and Martyr. It is always a special day in my life since my childhood parish St. Barnabas, Barbadosin Barbados is named after this wonderful saint. This year is even more special since the Parish of St. Barnabas, Barbados, is celebrating its 175th Anniversary. It is the church at which my parents and youngest brother have been regular communicant members for decades. Congratulations to the Rector, Assistant Priest and People of St. Barnabas Church, Barbados, on reaching this great milestone. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Clinic

IMGP6880aThings continue to go very smoothly at the Clinic. The environment is very comfortable, Josie and Vashti have theIMGP6869a pharmacy under complete control. Dr. Hibbert our dentist is doing an amazing job, along with his friend, Jeff, who he recruited to be his assistant. The doctors are working very well together with the nurses. I must comment that despite working with Dr. Richards on many occasions, and at different settings over the years, I have never heard her laugh as much or enjoy her patients as she is doing this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Granville Home of Safety for Girls

DSCF0132aThe first day at the Home had its usual surprises. We were a bit surprised to find a small group of college students IMGP6848apresent, however we were able to work together as they were only there for 2 hours. As usual, the girls were disruptive and aggressive. There were more than 60 girls at the facility. The day, however, went well and we were able to accomplish the day’s plans.


Medical Clinic

We were pleasantly surprised at  the clinic to see that the air conditioning system had been completely renovated with three new efficient units. WeIMGP6854a quickly settled into our cool, comfortable work space. The new doctors as well as our dentist became rapidly oriented and we were efficiently able to see 40+ patients on our first day. As usual the patients were pleasant and appreciative, things have started well.

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