Loading
Priest recounts story of survival at seminary in Haiti
Father Augustin Almy
Father Augustin Almy

.- Father Augustin Almy, a diocesan priest who was in the Port-au-Prince seminary at the time of its collapse on January 12, spoke to CNA this week sharing the story of his survival and describing the devastation in Haiti following the earthquake.

Speaking to CNA outside the remains of the seminary this week, Fr. Almy explained that at the time of the earthquake, he was in his second-floor room of the seminary watching television.  “Suddenly I heard a noise...then I saw the walls coming down as the whole house began to collapse.”

“After about five or six minutes there was silence. I got out and saw that the seminary was completely destroyed.  I tried to get back in but it was impossible. The seminarians were scared, and I realized I had escaped death,” the priest said.

Fr. Almy noted that there “are still some seminarians missing, but we can tell from the smell coming from inside that they have died.”  Also, he continued, “we cannot find a professor of canon law and have not been able to access his room to see if he is dead or alive.”

Not only did the seminary collapse, but “the chapel was totally destroyed and we cannot celebrate Mass there. We have to celebrate outside.”

Speaking about the immediate needs they have, Father Almy said it was urgent that “the few  possessions that remain be secured.  Looters are coming from all over and they don’t realize that the seminary is not disappearing. We have to continue forward despite the catastrophe.”

“We also need to recover the bodies of the deceased out of respect and to prevent the spread of disease.  Friends are helping us with food and water,” but “we are without power,” the priest said.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Aug
20

Liturgical Calendar

August 20, 2014

Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Gospel
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 34: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 20: 1-16

Saint of the Day

St. Bernard de Clairvaux »

Saint
Date
08/18/14
08/17/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Homily
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: