Greetings from sunny central Puerto Rico! I covered a week-long mission trip to Aibonito with a large group of young adults and youth from the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns’ Youth Ambassador Program.
A group of young Catholic leaders from Brooklyn and Queens celebrated the Fourth of July in Puerto Rico while helping with the reconstruction of the island still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Thirty-plus members of the Brooklyn Diocese’s Vicariate of Black Catholic Concern’s (VBCC) ambassador program arrived in Puerto Rico on July 1. Some of the members were out-of-state college students, and some, like Rajae Clarke, were returning to serve alongside their fellow youth ambassadors as alums of the program.
Confetti, singing and signs of the cross were abundant at the 62nd annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade, held in New York City on Sunday, June 9.
Nearly a year ago, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm, and afterward 11-year-old Marco Lebron’s first thought was about the monks who teach at his school, Benedictine-run San Antonio Abad School and Abbey in Humacao.
Last week I accompanied 14 volunteers from Catholics Care, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s disaster recovery team, to aid in the hurricane devastated area of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
Catholics Care volunteers, including members of the staff of DeSales Media Group, arrived in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, April 22.
More than 34,000 pounds of material goods collected from the Diocese of Brooklyn are in the hands of Caritas Puerto Rico.
The first shipment of material goods from the Diocese of Brooklyn for storm-ravaged Puerto Rico has been sent.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
My recent visit to Puerto Rico with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, to show solidarity, and offer assistance and support to Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan and the other bishops of Puerto Rico brought home to me again memories of past visits to areas which experienced natural disasters.