Catholics in the Diocese of Raleigh have generously responded to the request by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge to assist the victims of Haiti, a country devastated by a 7.0 earthquake on January 12. To date, $474,482.30 has been sent to the Diocese from 76 of the Diocese’s 96 parishes and missions. The money is being forwarded to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the international relief and development agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Among the parishes reporting is St. Michael the Archangel in Cary, $28,632.56; St. Patrick in Fayetteville, $23,096.80; St. Andrew in Apex, $20,177.23; and St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill, $16,595.00.
CRS has been working in Haiti since 1954. Prior to the earthquake, the agency, with a permanent staff of 310 people in the country, was providing regular assistance to 200,000 people. Since the quake, the number of people it is serving now stands at 500,000, made possible by donations from American Catholics and CRS benefactors.
Donations from the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh and from other dioceses across the country will help CRS continue to provide emergency assistance and basic supplies to survivors, while continuing to serve all regions of Haiti, which is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
The US Bishops are joining with Episcopal conferences in other countries in laying plans to rebuild the Catholic Church infrastructure in Haiti, which sustained a heavy loss of life, including the Archbishop of the country, priests, religious and seminarians. Cathedrals in Port-au-Prince and Jacmel were destroyed, along with five other major churches, smaller churches, convents, seminaries and schools. The Catholic faithful is being asked to continue to pray for our Haitian brothers and sisters and to make additional donations to Catholic Relief Services, which is committing to a multi-year program to rebuild lives and homes. For additional information on CRS’ relief efforts and to make a donation to assist Haitian relief, visit www.CRS.org.