“Called to self-emptying service.”

Hymns of Nigeria Uplift the Soul

St. Augustine famously said that when you sing you pray twice. In my travels to Nigeria, I’ve found that Augustine’s theology of song is vindicated abundantly. In the midst of life’s hardships in the rural villages, God’s people in Nigeria have a way through song to...

HEAL’s First Village Health Outreach

After HEAL’s decision to pay for Promise’s surgery (see last blog), Deacon Leo visited him at Holy Rosary Hospital in Emekuku, SE Nigeria. Although a Catholic Hospital run by the Archdiocese of Owerri, Holy Rosary, like most hospitals in Nigeria, does not have...

The Promise of Sr. Calista’s Legacy

During my regular meetings with HEAL Founder, Deacon Leo, we discuss various medical crises currently making demands on our time and resources. Leo told me about a young man named Promise, who was injured in a terrible car accident while escaping Islamist violence in...

Rest In Peace Fr. Ambrose Osuagwu (1966-2017)

This last year has been an extremely difficult time period for the HEAL family in Nigeria. HEAL Founder, Deacon Leo, has suffered the loss of his mother, his elder sister, a beloved Reverend Sister, and, now, his best friend, Fr. Ambrose Osuagwu, who recently died at...

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