Bishop Conlon has called for an Emergency 2nd Collection to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Harvey this weekend, September 2/3. More specifically, this emergency collection will be used both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses. Thank you for being as generous as possible.
Here is an excerpt from Bishop Conlon’s letter to his brother priests:
“Over the past several days, all of us have been following the historic flooding in southeast Texas and surrounding areas. Hurricane Harvey has created an unprecedented and catastrophic weather event of immense proportions. Twelve million persons were under a flash flood warning over the weekend. Rivers will be rising and will be at historic flood stages for some time.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy. We also stand with our brother pastors in the region who have the difficult task of providing pastoral care in these most trying times while managing their own losses. Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed.
In cooperation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I ask that an emergency collection be taken on September 2nd-3rd if possible, or next weekend September 9th-10th if necessary. This emergency collection will be used both to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses.”