During September, Bishop Walkowiak asked for a special collection to be taken up in parishes to support Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Through your generosity, we currently have received $118,549.97 in donations from 57 parishes, one high school and several individuals. This amount does not include gifts made online directly to Catholic Relief Services or Catholic Charities USA.

Donations collected in parishes are being sent to Catholic Relief Services (CRS). CRS—along with local partners— continues to assess and work to meet the needs of people in the Bahamas. Your contribution is being used to help bring relief, in the form of food, emergency shelter, and safe drinking water to affected families.

Hurricane Dorian brought wind speeds in excess of 220 mph and 23 ft. storm surge as it barreled over northwestern Bahamas in early September. The Royal Bahamas Police report that as of Sept. 30, 58 people had died in Abaco and Grand Bahama. Read Relief Web’s Hurricane Dorian update (as of Oct. 4, 2019).

On Sept. 4, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued a statement calling for prayers for those affected and inviting all people of goodwill to give in support of relief efforts. Your continued prayers are appreciated.

Prayer for Disaster Relief (Catholic Charities USA)


To support relief efforts in the Bahamas, give to Catholic Relief Services.

To support relief efforts in the United States, give to Catholic Charities USA.