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NH's bishop calls on Granite Staters to pray for and financially aid hurricane victims


March 17. 2018 9:19AM
President of Federal Reserve Bank of New York William C. Dudley walks through the Cano Martin Pena neighborhood, an area affected by hurricane Maria last September, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 7, 2018. (REUTERS/Alvin Baez)



MANCHESTER — New Hampshire’s Roman Catholic bishop is calling for a day of prayer on April 5 for those still suffering from the effects of last year’s hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Most Rev. Peter Libasci is also asking Granite Staters to offer financial contributions to show their solidarity with residents of the U.S. island territories that were hard hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The “Through the Storm” initiative will help rebuild and restore homes, churches, schools and hospitals.

On the day of prayer, Libasci will celebrate Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell St., at 5:30 p.m., with the Most Rev. Octavio Gonzalez Nieves, O.F.M., Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the Most Rev. Herbert A. Bevard, Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, concelebrating.

A benefit reception will follow at 6:30 p.m. at New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord St. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward humanitarian relief and church reconstruction in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Recovery in the six months since Hurricane Maria has been slow, with many citizens in Puerto Rico still without power and hurricane debris piling up in the Virgin Islands,” Libasci said. “Our very own brothers and sisters here in New Hampshire have families in the Caribbean that are still suffering.

“With the ongoing need to provide assistance to storm victims, I knew we needed to do more to help the Caribbean region,” he said. “As infrastructure is repaired, reconstruction will restore, renew, and proclaim life and hope in Christ.”

The bishop invited parishes, communities and individuals to participate in the day of prayer. Suggested prayers can be found at www.catholicnh.org/throughthestorm.

• Tickets for the April 5 reception are $100 and registration is available at: throughthestorm.eventbrite.com.

• Donations may be made online or by mail. Checks can be made payable to “RCBM” and sent to: Diocese of Manchester Finance Office, 153 Ash St., Manchester, N.H. 03104-4396. (Note on the check that payment is for Caribbean Storm Relief.)

President of Federal Reserve Bank of New York William C. Dudley attends a forum hosted by the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 7, 2018. (REUTERS/Alvin Baez)


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