Hurricane Katrina: Letter of Solidarity from the CCCB President

Wednesday, August 31 2005

Most Rev. William Skylstad
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washinton, DC  20017-1194

Dear Bishop Skylstad:

It is with heavy heart that your brother Bishops in Canada see the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the states along the Gulf Coast.

Much of the area affected was part of the original territory of the Diocese of Quebec from 1674; many of our Acadian people found refuge in that area in the time of their expulsion from their homeland in the mid-18th century; and many of the same French explorers and missionaries who traversed Canada also visited or worked in that area of the United States of America.

For many Canadians, especially Catholics and including your brother Bishops here in Canada, that part of your vast land evokes profound emotions.

Please convey our thoughts and especially our prayers to our brother Bishops, not only but particularly in the ecclesiastical provinces of New Orleans and Mobile.  We remember them and their people, especially those who are victims of the hurricane and those involved in relief efforts.

Furthermore, in response to a number of requests from Canadians, our Conference will be informing the dioceses in Canada that donations to assist the stricken areas of the United States may be sent through the Red Cross or directly to Catholic Charities USA.

Sincerely and fraternally in Our Lord,

+ Brendan M. O’Brien
Archbishop of St. John’s
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

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