September 27, 2017

Bishop Rozanski requests special collection for Hurricane Maria relief efforts

Staff report

A woman carries bottles of water and food during a distribution of relief items Sept. 24 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, days after Hurricane Maria. (CNS photo/Alvin Baez, Reuters)


SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski is requesting that parishes in the Springfield Diocese take up a special collection to help with Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

“Like many of you, I have been greatly concerned by news reports documenting the total devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Maria,” the bishop wrote in a letter sent to parishes Sept. 26. “I know I share the concerns of so many of our Latino brothers and sisters who have family and loved ones on the island of Puerto Rico, which was especially hard hit.”

An elderly woman rests Sept. 25 at a shelter set up in the Pedrin Zorrilla coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters)

Bishop Rozanski suggested parishes take up a special collection in the coming weeks, noting that the funds collected will be earmarked for Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Checks should be made payable to one’s parish, with “Hurricane Maria” in the memo line.

Donations also can be made directly to Catholic Charities USA via a link on the diocesan website,

“Finally, let us pray for all whose lives have been impacted by this year’s unusual number of devastating natural disasters,” Bishop Rozanski wrote. “May God give them strength to rebuild their lives.”