WASHINGTON, D.C. – Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio is asking the clergy of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), to take up designated offerings for victims of both Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
In a Sept. 14 letter, Archbishop Broglio wrote: “To the extent that you are able, I ask you to make a designated offering destined to support humanitarian aid, assistance with long-term efforts to restore communities after widespread destruction, and for the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in US and the Caribbean.”
In a similar letter on Aug. 28, the Archbishop made a separate appeal for a designated offering to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.
“I am not fond of making such appeals,” Archbishop Broglio wrote in the Sept. 14 letter. “However, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has asked all of the dioceses in the country to sacrifice for those afflicted…”
Archbishop Broglio pointed out that the Diocese of St. Thomas in the hard-hit Virgin Islands “has three priests on active duty and a fourth in the National Guard.”
The Archbishop asked AMS clergy who have not done so to take up the designated offerings “as soon as possible.”
Clergy are advised to make sure that either the checks or transfer orders be remitted to the AMS with a clear indication that the donation is for either “Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief” or “Hurricane Irma Relief.”