In the last few weeks several earthquakes have struck the island of Puerto Rico, touching the lives and places of so many of our people here in the Diocese of Cleveland. Listening to the news reports and seeing the images of the extensive damage done, I am so conscious of the anguish and concern so many here experience as they try to make contact with their loved ones. We know, too, the tremendous pain of those who have lived through this time; seeing their homes destroyed, managing without power, water, and adequate health care, and dealing with the uncertainty as they await each aftershock. We join our prayers with you, our brothers and sisters, as you pray for your loved ones asking that God protect them, that his comfort and strength be a source of consolation and strenthen them as they face the challenges before them.
We all remember that Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastating effects caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which, in September 2017, affected the island and its infrastructure, health services, education, energy and telecommunications networks. I ask that we as a Diocese stand with our Puerto Rican Family both here and in their homeland asking Our Lady, Mother of Divine Providence, Patroness of Puerto Rico, to embrace each person in her mantle of love and comfort.
Catholics and all people of good will may assist in the relief work by contacting Catholic Charities USA by clicking here.