Divine Word Missionaries
Info & News
From: USC Provincial
Hurricane Relief Request
Mother Nature is showing her fury in Texas and in the Caribbean.
Thanks be to God that all our priests and Brothers are safe.
We cannot say the same for our buildings – churches, rectories and schools – or the homes of our parishioners and neighbors.
Hurricane Harvey drenched the Divine Word parishes in Houston and Beaumont, Texas.
Hurricane Irma blew through Antigua, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Sint Maarten damaging homes, cars, churches, schools and lives. Neighboring islands not directly in the hurricane’s path also experience storm damage to buildings, trees, homes and cars.
Damage to our buildings will run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Many of our parishioners who are poor and live in sub-standard housing with no insurance will turn to us for assistance. All need your help.
If you would like to make a donation to hurricane relief efforts, please make the check payable to Society of the Divine Word and indicate that it is for hurricane relief. Send it to:
Society of the Divine
All donations will be collected at the headquarters of the Chicago Province and shared among the Divine Word parishes adversely affected by these storms.
We thank you for your generosity and ask you to remember our priests, Brothers, and parishioners and all hurricane victims in your prayers. They will thank you from the bottom of their heart and remember you in their prayers.
Rev. Quang Duc Dinh SVD
From: USC Provincial
Impact of Hurricane Irma
We are happy to report that we have been in contact with most or our men in the Caribbean and they are reporting that they are ok.
Fr. Walter Mendonca reports that the Capital of Tortola is devastated, roofs were ripped off, some buildings destroyed, trees uprooted, vehicles, boats and roads are destroyed. Scotia Bank is destroyed. We are still waiting to hear about our parishes there and from Fr. Peter Kinuthia who was filling in for a vacationing SVD. We are also waiting to hear back from Fr. Jan Pastuszczak from Virgin Gorda.
Fr. Ante Jeroncic reports that the eye of Irma passed over Anguilla and there was plenty of damage. Our men are fine but the house and church are damaged with broken windows and doors and some flooding but thankfully the roof is intact.
In St. Martin we have not been able to get a hold of Fr. Yohanes Bally but have heard he is fine and that the house didn’t sustain significant damage but the Church in town had some. Still waiting on information on two other churches. Fr. Adam Oleszczuk is in Miami and trying to get back to St. Martin.
In Antigua they did not sustained any significant damage. Electricity is starting to come back, phones are still down and internet is sporadic. Same for St. Kitts and Montserrat. In St. Kitts some trees uprooted and power lines down but no buildings destroyed. Fr. Manuel Antao visited the SSpS sisters in Molineux Parish and they too are well.
Fr. Stephan Brown who does ministry at St. Joseph Parish in St. Petersburg, Florida has evacuated to Atlanta and is taking refuge at St. Thomas Apostle Parish till it is safe to return.
We will keep you posted as more news comes in. Please keep the people and areas affected by Hurricane Irma in your prayers.
Quang Duc Dinh, SVD