Nepal Earthquake Relief from U.S. Military Catholics Surpasses $80,000 and Counting

Collections taken up at installations worldwide since April 29 at the request of Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholics in the United States Military have so far donated more than $80,000 in relief for survivors of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 25, and its aftershocks. The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), announced today it has collected $82,498.36 since Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio called on the faithful of the archdiocese, in an April 29th letter, to make a designated offering for the Nepal earthquake victims. According to reports, more than 8,800 people were killed, and more than 23,000 were injured in the quake, which left many others missing, homeless, or living in unsanitary conditions.

“To the extent that you are able,” Archbishop Broglio wrote, “I would ask you to contribute to the urgent relief of this shattered people. Checks should be made payable to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA and sent to P.O. Box 4469, Washington, DC 20017. To ensure that Catholic community and individual donations are properly credited, please indicate ‘Nepal Earthquake Relief’ on the check.”

Mr. William Biggs, Chief Financial Officer of the AMS, said the donations have poured in from military installations worldwide, most of them offered at Sunday Mass in base chapels. Mr. Biggs said the money is being forwarded to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which will distribute it to Nepal earthquake survivors through Catholic Relief Services.

Anyone interested in making a donation online may do so at www.milarch.org/donate. Please be sure to note “Nepal Earthquake Relief” in the message box near the bottom of the page.