Recently, Hurricane Ian devastated areas of the United States and Caribbean resulting in a tragic loss of life and widespread damage to homes and businesses. For all who have been affected by this disaster, we are praying for safety, healing and a better tomorrow.
Our Catholic Faith calls each of us to care for those in need, and, at this time in particular, for those who are suffering in the wake of Hurricane Ian. We are partnering with Catholic Charities USA and the Diocese of Venice in southwestern Florida to help provide relief to those who are in need of aid in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
Your gifts will assist in providing humanitarian aid, as well as necessary recovery efforts, such as rebuilding and repairing churches and schools. Your generosity and prayers are deeply appreciated.
Bishop Frank DeWane of the Diocese of Venice (and originally from our own Diocese of Green Bay) shared, “Thank you for your continued prayers for the Diocese of Venice, and all those affected by Hurricane Ian. Damage is still being assessed, but it is clear that the devastation in the Diocese is widespread. There are several crews already at work throughout the Diocese, and Catholic Charities is putting their local team into action. We are grateful for all those who have helped, and continue to help, during this difficult time.”
The following is a statement from Archbishop José H. Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:
“The recent hurricanes have brought intense wind, rain, storm surges, and flooding that have impacted dioceses in the United States and the Caribbean. I am deeply saddened to see the images of the damage and devastation left in their wake. I call on Catholics and all people of good will to pray for those who have lost their lives, and for the comfort of their grieving families and communities. We also pray for those who have lost their homes and businesses, that they may they find peace and comfort in God’s enduring love for us, even amidst these most trying circumstances. And we pray for the emergency responders and those who have begun the work of providing for the needs of the impacted in these communities in the recovery efforts, that they may be kept from harm as they seek to bring relief, comfort, and healing. We entrust our prayers to our Blessed Mother, and we ask for her continued protection and for her intercession in comforting those who are suffering.”