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Bishop Libasci Announces Through the Storm: An Initiative to Provide Additional Hurricane Relief and Reconstruction to the Caribbean

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2018 

BISHOP LIBASCI ANNOUNCES
THROUGH THE STORM: AN INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL
HURRICANE RELIEF AND RECONSTRUCTION TO THE CARIBBEAN

(MANCHESTER, NH)  The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today Through the Storm: Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Caribbean, an initiative to support victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Through the Storm will take place on Thursday, April 5th and will be focused on showing New Hampshire’s solidarity with parts of the Caribbean that are still suffering from the effects of the hurricanes and still need to rebuild and restore churches, homes, schools and hospitals.   

Through the Storm on April 5 will be a statewide day of prayer and will culminate in a Mass and a benefit reception with Most Reverend Roberto Octavio González Nieves, O.F.M., Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Most Reverend Herbert A. Bevard, Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands attending.  

“Recovery in the six months since Hurricane Maria has been slow, with many citizens in Puerto Rico still without power and hurricane debris piling up in the Virgin Islands,” said Bishop Libasci. “Our very own brothers and sisters here in New Hampshire have families in the Caribbean that are still suffering.

“With the ongoing need to provide assistance to storm victims, I knew we needed to do more to help the Caribbean region,” continued Bishop Libasci. “That’s why I am hosting this day of solidarity. As infrastructure is repaired, reconstruction will restore, renew, and proclaim life and hope in Christ.”

Parishes, communities, and individuals are all invited to participate in the day of prayer by joining the Diocese of Manchester in prayer at any time. Suggested prayers can be found at www.catholicnh.org/throughthestorm.  

Similarly, all are invited to attend Mass and the benefit reception. Mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral (145 Lowell St., Manchester) at 5:30 p.m. with Bishop Libasci, Archbishop Gonzalez, and Bishop Bevard celebrating. The benefit reception will begin immediately following at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the reception, which will be held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art (148 Concord St, Manchester), are $100, with proceeds going towards humanitarian relief and church reconstruction in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are available at: http://throughthestorm.eventbrite.com/.

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The Diocese of Manchester is the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire, serving the needs of 255,000 Catholics.  For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/overview