In response Hurricane Irma, which has claimed lives and resulted in overwhelming destruction in the Caribbean and Florida, Bishop Richard F. Stika has extended his request that parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville contribute to a fund to assist victims of that storm, and the one that hit Texas in late August.
“With Hurricane Irma following on the heels of the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey upon the Texas and Louisiana coasts, I am again asking for the help and generosity of the Catholic community of East Tennessee with a second collection for the hard hit areas of Florida and the Caribbean from this latest hurricane,” Bishop Stika said in a letter to pastors this week.
“I ask that on the weekend of either September 17 or September 24 that a second collection be taken up for relief efforts from Hurricane Irma. Thank you in advance for the generous response of your parishioners and for joining me in prayer for the people impacted by these twin disasters of epic proportions. Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed.”
The emergency collection will be used to support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA in addition to providing pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Diocese of Knoxville is also set-up to accept online donations by clicking on the button at the top of this page.
(This article was updated from a previous version about diocesan relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey).