Una Voce Cuba - A Very Long Year

A Long, Long Year for Una Voce Cuba*


     It has been over a year since I last wrote.  There are two reasons for this.  Frist, Javier Luis as the main (and almost sole) force maintaining the apostolate on the island, from which many benefit, has been deeply occupied with the related work of Hogar Don Bosco.  The two are distinct, even if still highly related to each other at this point.  Hogar Don Bosco (HDB) is the work with the poorest and least able in the small hamlet of Mena: the children (some orphans) and the elderly.  The overlap lies primarily in the person of Javier Luis but also in the activities of evangelization, the traditional Roman rite form of the sacraments when a priest can be brought into Mena, and the work on (re)building the house that is becoming more and more a stable private oratory in the town, the location for the distribution of alms, and possibly a training place for traditional catechists.  Second, on March 20 Cuba closed its borders.  We at Una Voce Cuba (UVC) have not been able to get a priest onto the island since March 20 and possibly have not had one since possibly early January – WhatsApp, which we use for much communication, has a more limited record than I had thought.  Even if we had gotten a priest onto the island, some provinces have been closed to Cubans from other provinces, special rules applying to Havana often.

     I have pictures of items acquired since the last post and one with regard to HDB, which is both so sad and so sweet.  Many of the items obtained are already on the island, tucked away here and there, by fulano or mengano until the moment is right to show them and try to sell them (For non-Spanish speakers, please look up “fulano” and “mengano”).  Sometimes, as is the case with food and other essentials for HDB, items are acquired on credit.  While I seek to label appropriately every donation as either for UVC or HDB, sometimes it is not sufficiently clear.  I ask that if you want the money to go only for the work of one or the other, although the work on the building in Mena is a mix, please label with “UVC” or “HDB.”  DO NOT use the full words, just as in all communications that accompany any monetary donation ALL words that refer to Cuba and related realities are to be avoided because of software looking for “problematic” terms.

     This first item is one volume of a Latin-Spanish breviary.  Prayer is the cornerstone of the successful apostolate.  By it, God establishes the rock on which the house will stand.  Without it, our house is built on a shifting sand, the shift of which will cripple the house, and bring failure to the apostolate.  Javier Luis (most importantly as the head), the catechists when God grants them, and some members of Une Voce Cuba undertake some portion of the Church’s official prayer.  The books are necessary, and they cost money.  The book has to be shipped from off the island, where it had been printed.


The second item is an altar cross.  I am not sure where it was found.  I am not sure in which of the private oratories: Havana, Matanzas, and Mena it will go.  The first two are suitably furnished, more or less, even if much too small, but Mena needs so much.  It may be, however, that it goes to one of the others, and the crucifix from one of the others goes to Mena.


The third picture is of a cow “purchased” buy Une Voce Cuba.  I am not very concerned that the Cuban government scour the entire web, but these posts within GoFundMe are the extent of posting.  This third picture touching; “touching” should capture both sad and sweet.  Because of the incredible inflation for so many products on the island, Javier Luis made the wise choice of “acquiring” a cow -- the horse is ours as well but for different ends.  The cow has grass to eat and – I hope – will fatten up from its somewhat skeletal look.  The dairy cow provides daily milk for the neediest of Mena, which is had as milk or as cheese and therein provides protein, basically free of charge, as opposed to hard-to-find and always-more-expensive powdered milk.


I very much want to thank J.S., M.E.D., J.C.R., J.C., J.C, and J.L.N.O. for their regular, or almost regular, monthly contributions (I may have forgotten someone; if so, I apologize).  While every contribution is appreciated, regular contributions, even if smaller, provide a sure income for each month, which in many ways (right now) is more valuable than a large one-time contribution.


Albert Edward Doskey (Gutiérrez)
Vicepresidente de Una Voce Cuba


*Una Voce Cuba is not a member of or affiliated with Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV).


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