It’s too early to tell the extent of the damage in the Catholic dioceses of Venice and St. Petersburg in Florida following a direct hit Sept. 28 by Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful hurricanes the state has seen.
‘Please Pray For Us,’ Cuban Writes on Diocesan Facebook Post After Ian
Hurricane Ian made landfall Sept. 27 in Cuba’s western region of Pinar del Rio, with sustained winds of 125 mph that took down the entire island’s electric grid.
Diocese of Venice, Fla., Implements Emergency Plans Before Ian Hits Region
Venice Bishop Frank J. Dewane urged local residents to pray as Hurricane Ian approached Florida’s west coast, and the Diocese of Venice put into action plans to ensure safety and recovery after the storm passes.
Florida Bishop Invites All to Pray for God’s Protection From Hurricane Ian
As the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s west coast prepared for what was expected to be a direct hit from Hurricane Ian, Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg invited all in the diocese to pray to God “for the protection of life and property as we face this serious threat.”