United States: A Beacon of Hope

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.

Catholic U Offers Free Tuition to Displaced Puerto Rican Students

On Monday, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. announced that it would offer free tuition to students from Puerto Rico displaced by recent hurricanes. While several other institutions of higher education have already set up similar programs to aid the island, this is the first of its kind by a Catholic university.

NY Prelates’ Mission to Puerto Rico

In yet another example of the support New Yorkers have offered to the people of Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio visited San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Monday, Oct. 30.

Let Them Speak: Helping Puerto Rico

Hurricanes Irma and Maria have challenged not only the resources, but also the hopes of Academia María Reina (AMR) in San Juan, Puerto Rico – one of the six schools sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, L.I. (CSJ). AMR is facing limited communication, no electricity, as well as some damage to the building itself.

Rebuilding Puerto Rico

The Tablet’s exclusive coverage on the devastation in Puerto Rico can be found here.

Catholic Charities Prepares Shipment for Puerto Rico

Part of the athletic complex at Immaculate Conception Pastoral Center, Douglaston, has turned into a storage area for the past few weeks, as Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens stockpiles needed supplies that will be shipped to assist hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.

On the Ground In Puerto Rico

We landed in San Juan exactly at noon on Thursday, Oct. 19. It was one of those flights that could turn you into a praying man – just a long period of turbulence from Queens to Old San Juan. As the plane approached the airport two details stand out – the grayness of the trees and the colors on the roofs. Hurricane Maria had taken away the leaves and the roofs. Naked trees and roofless houses now covered with plastic tarps were the new face of San Juan from the unquiet comfort of my seat on the plane.