The first images of the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian are beginning to reach us here in the United States. Archbishop Pinder of the Archdiocese of Nassau said more than 70,000 people have been affected by Hurricane Dorian and that recovery efforts “are sure to take a long time. link: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-09/pope-francis-hurricane-dorian-bahamas-prayer.html”
Update: Hurricane Dorian has left the Bahamas in a state of devastation. The latest reports indicate at least 44 people have been killed, most of them in the Abaco Islands which were hit hardest by the Category 5 storm. Families who survived have been left with virtually nothing.
On Sept. 4, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a statement calling for prayers for those affected and inviting all people of goodwill to give in support of relief efforts. Your continued prayers are appreciated. Prayer for Disaster Relief (Catholic Charities USA)
As we wait to see how communities here in the United States will be affected we pray for those who have lost their lives and those who have already been affected. In addition, we begin to offer monetary support for relief efforts. Information on how to support relief efforts is on the Grand Rapids diocesan website: https://grdiocese.org/hurricane-dorian-relief/
If you would like to support relief efforts in the Bahamas, please direct them to Catholic Relief Services: https://support.crs.org/donate/hurricane-dorian
If you would like to support relief efforts in the U.S., please direct them to Catholic Charities USA. https://app.mobilecause.com/form/RTKRvQ?vid=1wfxo