#BreakingNews Catholic Missionary Nun Killed in Haiti - RIP Sister Luisa - Pope Francis Calls her a Martyr
On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, a Catholic missionary nun was killed in Haiti. She belonged to the Little Sisters of the Gospel of St. Charles de Foucauld. At his Angelus on June 26th Pope Francis said:
I would like to express my closeness to the relatives and fellow sisters of Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, a Little Sister of the Gospel of Saint Charles de Foucauld, who was killed yesterday in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. For twenty years, Sister Luisa lived there, dedicated above all to serving children on the streets. I entrust her soul to God, and I pray for the Haitian people, especially for the least, so they might have a more serene future, without misery and without violence. Sister Luisa made a gift of her life to others even to martyrdom.
Press Release from the Archdiocese of Milan on the Death of the Nun:
Haiti, Sister Luisa Dell'Orto killed. The condolences of the Archbishop
The nun of the Little Sisters of the Gospel of Charles de Foucauld, originally from Lecco, was probably the victim of a robbery. On the island since 2002 she was considered the angel of street children. On Monday 27 June at 9 pm Msgr. Delpini will recite a suffrage rosary in Lomagna, in the parish of Saints Peter and Paul
Sister Luisa Dell'Orto (from Avvenire)
Luisa Dell'Orto, a 65-year-old nun from Lecco, was killed in Haiti, probably for the purpose of robbery, in the capital Port au Prince where she worked. Sister Luisa had been on the island for 20 years.
Little sister of the Gospel of Charles de Foucauld, Sister Luisa was the backbone of Kay Chal, “Casa Carlo”, in a very poor suburb of Port-au-Prince.
Sister Luisa dedicated her life and mission to baby slaves. Until the morning of Saturday 25 June when she was the victim of an armed attack as she passed through Delmas 19. Seriously injured, she was rushed to Bernard Mevs hospital, where she died shortly after, two days before taking 65 years old. The news produced a tremendous impact in Port-au-Prince where "seur Luisa", as they called her, was an institution.
“Casa Carlo” was rebuilt thanks to the funds raised by the Italian Caritas with the maxi-collection of 2010, promoted by the CEI. The center - also animated by the volunteers of the Ambrosian Caritas - also offers a safe space for hundreds of children from the very poor neighborhood.
When she arrived in Haiti in 2002, the facility already existed. However, it was the nun originally from Lomagna (Lecco) who took care of its reconstruction after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010. An exhausting and fundamental job.
Sister Luisa was born in Lomagna (Lecco) on June 27, 1957. After having attended the Liceo Scientifico of Lecco, in 1984 she graduated in History and Philosophy. In the same year she enters the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Gospel of Lyon. In 1987 she left for Cameroon: she lived in Salapombe, in a forest, among the Baka Pygmies, until 1990. In the meantime, the Missionary Group in support of this population arises in Lomagna. In 1994 you obtained a degree in Theology in Switzerland. From 1997 to 2001 she is a missionary in Madagascar, where she teaches General and Special Ethics in various pastoral activities.
Since 2002 she was a missionary in Haiti. She also taught History of Philosophy and the Social Doctrine of the Church and served on the editorial board of a local magazine.
The Archbishop's message of condolence
"Her death leaves us heartbroken and bewildered, it becomes a revelation of the good she did"
They do not go in search of dangers, but signs of the Kingdom of God which is coming, among the poor, among those who are important only for God and ignored by all.
They love life, they do not go to seek death where four pennies count more than a holy woman; they go to sow words of the Gospel, so that even desperate countries may open a way of hope.
They do not go with programs and presumptions, with doctrines and claims, they go to offer friendship, in the name of the Lord, they go to say their impotence by persevering in prayer.
They do not choose where to go, they go where they are called by the least listened to groan, they go where they are sent to become prayer, offer, friends, seed that dies to bear fruit.
So do many women who travel the most dangerous streets in the world, who live in the most defenseless houses. They go and don't make the news.
The death of Sister Luisa Dell'Orto, little sister of the Gospel, leaves us tormented and bewildered, it becomes a revelation of the good that she has done and of the holy life that she has lived, it becomes pain and prayer.
I express in the name of the Ambrosian Church the participation in the mourning of the family members, in the grateful and suffered memory of those who knew her, the certainty that her death, so similar to the death of Charles de Foucauld, combined with the death of Jesus, could be a seed of new life for the land of Haiti and for her entry into glory.
Archbishop of Milan
Sources: https://www.chiesadimilano.it/news/chiesa-diocesi/haiti-uccisa-suor-luisa-dellorto-il-cordoglio-dellarcivescovo-763473.html and excerpt from Vatican.va Angelus