Bishop Announces Storm Relief Results
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2018
Bishop Libasci Announces Results of
Through The Storm Fundraising Initiative for
Hurricane Relief And Reconstruction in the Caribbean
(MANCHESTER, NH) The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, announced today that Through the Storm: Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Caribbean, an initiative to support victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, raised a total of $65,000. Those funds will be split evenly between the Archdiocese of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Amazing things happen when people join together to help our brothers and sisters in need,” said Bishop Libasci. “We saw this in April when so many New Hampshire residents responded to my request for a statewide day of prayer and solidarity with the citizens of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I am grateful to everyone who offered their prayers and sent practical support to those who still suffer from the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.”
The $65,000 total was raised at a benefit reception that took place on Thursday, April 5, with the 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 U.S. Virgin Islands in attendance.
These funds are in addition to a total of $181,190.45 raised by the Diocese of Manchester for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria during statewide special collections that took place last fall. Those collections were initiated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) last year to support humanitarian relief efforts as well as to provide financial support to rebuild facilities in dioceses impacted by these disasters.
Nationwide, the USCCB reports that Catholics have contributed nearly $59 million to relief and recovery efforts in response to the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and earthquakes in Mexico. Initial funding from the special collections supported immediate needs such as food, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Long-term disaster recovery is currently underway.
“With a new hurricane season upon us, and in light of the recent news of likely even further loss, the need for prayers and support for our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean is as critical as ever,” said Bishop Libasci. “Let us pray that God comfort, console, and strengthen them. In addition, may we all respond, to the best of our abilities, to aid them in their time of great loss.”
For additional information about the Diocese of Manchester’s response, and to contribute, please visit www.catholicnh.org/throughthestorm. For more information about the USCCB’s emergency collections for disaster and crisis relief, please visit: www.bit.ly/crisisrelief.
(L to R), Most Reverend Roberto Octavio González Nieves, O.F.M., Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester and Most Reverend Herbert A. Bevard, Bishop of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Through the Storm: Helping our Brothers and Sisters in the Caribbean at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester on April 5, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Dachowski)
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