Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund:
On the morning of August 14, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 struck southwestern Haiti, less than 100 miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince, resulting in over 1,400 deaths, thousands of wounded, and millions of dollars of damage to houses, businesses, and churches. Two days later, Tropical Storm Grace swept over the island, battering the stricken area with heavy rains and high winds that interfered with earthquake search and rescue efforts and further damaged already-weakened structures.
The people of Haiti are likely to see ongoing hardship in the weeks ahead as they begin recovery and rebuilding efforts. Moreover, many parish churches, chapels, schools, and clinics were devastated which will impact faith communities for years.
In response to this disaster, and in anticipation of similar humanitarian crises arising from this and future disasters, USCCB President Archbishop José H. Gomez has requested dioceses around the country to participate in a volunteer special emergency collection as soon as possible. This collection for the Bishops’ Emergency Disaster Fund will support USCCB efforts for pastoral and reconstruction efforts, as well as the humanitarian relief efforts of Catholic Relief Services and/or Catholic Charities USA, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. Your generosity at this time of great need is deeply appreciated.
If you wish to contribute, you may mail your donation – noting “Haiti” on the memo line – to:
USCCB Office of National Collections
Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund
PO Box 96278
Washington, DC 20090-6278