Father Michael Shea is a remarkable Redemptorist Catholic priest who has worked among sick, poor and disadvantaged people in the hills of northern Thailand for the greater part of his life. In 1999 he began working with mothers and children infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS. He promised a woman who fell ill with tuberculosis and AIDS that he would care for her babies when she died. From that simple act of love and compassion has grown the most remarkable vocation of care and devotion.
Today Father Mike’s family has grown to 145 girls and boys of all ages as his work has extended to other abandoned children.
Kate Introna first went to help as a volunteer at Sarnelli House in 2002 – welcomed with open arms by Father Mike. At that time there were 25 orphans between the ages of 2 and 10. All had HIV / AIDS and […]