A man warms up his food in a microwave Sept. 25 at San Juan airport in Puerto Rico as people try to leave after Hurricane Maria crippled the island, knocking out power and telephone service. The Knights of Columbus and other agencies announced they are sending aid to Puerto Rico, which is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. CNS photo/Alvin Baez, Reuters
WASHINGTON – More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, much of the island remained without communication and in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
News programs have been broadcasting about long lines of travelers, who have little food or water, and are desperate to get off the island at the San Juan airport to no avail.
But the scene of destruction outside the airport is even more stark: An island whose dense tropical landscape, along with its infrastructure, towns and cities, has been greatly stripped by winds that reached 155 mph.
WASHINGTON -- Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20. More ... Friday, September 22, 2017
Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton has announced it will coordinate a collection of cleaning supplies and personal hygiene kits to be delivered to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Individuals interested in participating can bring these items to one of four drop-off sites. All items must be in plastic bags and can be dropped off on or before Wednesday, Oct. 11.
“We are grateful for the support and partnership of our national organization, Catholic Charities USA, in providing the transportation of these donated items to locations in Texas,” said Executive Director Marlene Laó-Collins.
For Anthony Pluchino of St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, extending help in a crisis is second nature. Having experienced firsthand the wrath of Superstorm Sandy on the Jersey Shore in 2012, he didn’t think twice before offering to assist with hurricane recovery efforts this month in Houston, Texas.
As members of their parish’s St. Vincent de Paul conference, Pluchino and his wife, Marie, have long embraced the opportunity to come to the aid of those in need. When Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area, they decided to travel to Texas the weekend of Sept. 16 for a week to lend a hand. More ... Thursday, September 21, 2017
WASHINGTON – Thousands sought shelter in Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Maria, called a "monster storm" by many, hit the Caribbean island just short of a Category 5 storm Sept. 20, with winds of 155 miles per hour.
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the hurricane had the potential of being the "most catastrophic hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in a century."
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – The nation watched in sadness and outrage at the deaths of eight elderly people in Hollywood without air conditioning and electricity following the historic passing of Hurricane Irma.
Members of nearby St. Edward Parish in Pembroke Pines and the local Knights of Columbus council, hearing the call to be good neighbors, prepared hot meals and set out to knock on doors and check in on senior citizen residents four days after the storm.
The group was given permission to go door to door with their hot meals and water supplies at the expansive Century Village Pembroke Pines housing development in western Broward County Sept. 14.
MIAMI – Hurricane Irma's destructive winds blew wreckage and disruption throughout Florida.
But Miami's Catholic Charities chief was particularly anxious to access the devastation in Monroe County and the Florida Keys.
Speaking with the Florida Catholic newspaper Sept. 13, Deacon Richard Turcotte, the agency's CEO, said the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys was not yet fully open, making it impossible for to get a firsthand look at the devastation to Middle and Lower Keys.
The following video, “Voices from the Storm”, was produced by the Diocese of Trenton to chronicle the long, difficult process of healing and rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.
The video is being re-released now, by the Office of Communications/Department of Multimedia Production in anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the storm and in solidarity with the millions of people who are now dealing with the devastating aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
We are praying for them all. Click here to view the video.
MIAMI – A weakened Hurricane Irma churned in Florida after ripping through southern portions of the state and the Caribbean islands, flooding cities, knocking out power to millions, destroying homes and businesses and killing more than 20 people.
The massive hurricane, which dwindled to a tropical storm as it neared the Florida-Georgia line early Sept. 11, was forecast to die out over southern states later in the week. Officials in Florida and across the Caribbean, meanwhile, started to dig out and evaluate the full scope of the disaster Irma left behind.
WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Irma was bearing down closer to Florida, residents who had not evacuated from Key West, did what many of them have done before with predicted hurricanes. They gathered to pray at the grotto dedicated to hurricane protection.
Days after the hurricane's path was announced, people began streaming to the outdoor stone grotto at all hours, leaving notes, lighting candles and simply quietly praying.
Nearly five years have passed since countless residents of the Trenton Diocese were hit by the maelstrom of Superstorm Sandy.
But memories of the way people across the nation came to their aid were at the forefront Sept. 2-3 as parishioners around the Diocese dug into their pockets and purses for a special collection to aid millions battered by Hurricane Harvey. The collection was requested Aug. 28 by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. even as the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continued to devastate Texas, Louisiana and surrounding areas.
“We who live in New Jersey are no strangers to the wrath of nature. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy lingers in our memories, the effects of which are still visible in places along our coastline,” the Bishop said. “Please be generous and keep our sisters and brothers affected by the storm in your good prayers.” More ... Friday, September 8, 2017
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the Caribbean, leveling entire islands as it moved toward Florida Sept. 7, while Haiti prepared for a potential disaster.
Whipping winds of up to 185 mph, dropping a foot or more of rain and causing potentially life-threatening storm surges, Irma posed a particularly grave risk to disaster-prone Haiti's northern coast, said Beth Carroll, emergency response coordinator in Haiti for Catholic Relief Services.