Miami. Given the extent of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston metropolitan area, Archbishop Thomas Wenski is joining the rest of the U.S. bishops in asking that a special collection be taken up this weekend, Sept. 2-3, in all 109 parishes and missions of the Archdiocese of Miami.
“This emergency collection will be used to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to the impacted dioceses through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,” in accordance with a letter issued Aug. 28 by Archbishop Jose Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and vice president of the USCCB.
The president of the bishops’ conference is Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, whose archdiocese so far has been the most severely impacted by the storm. Officials say about 30,000 people may be forced to seek shelter, while forecasters warn of more rain in the coming days. The full extent of damages and destruction has yet to be determined by the authorities.
No donations of food, water or other supplies will be accepted. Donated monies enable local Church relief agencies to purchase in bulk the items that are most needed - water, food, building supplies, tents, tarps, beds etc. - and truck them quickly to the most affected areas.
The Archdiocese of Miami
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