Dear Members of the Catholic University Community,
We extend our prayers and concern to all the people affected by the hurricane that hit Houston and New Orleans this week. It is an especially difficult time for students at our University who are from the affected areas. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and a member of our Board of Trustees, said it reminded him of the story in Mark’s gospel about the storm that came up suddenly and threatened to sink the apostles’ boat. The first thing we need to do is to ask for God’s help.
Over the coming weeks the University will be hosting several masses in solidarity with those affected by the hurricane. Student Ministers are coordinating rosary-making in the residence halls for the 10,000 people displaced and currently living at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Campus Ministry is collecting letters of encouragement to those in the Catholic University community who have been affected by the hurricane and letters of thanks to responders who are assisting them. And all are welcome to donate gift cards to Catholic Charities Galveston-Houston, which can be dropped off at the Campus Ministry office.
For more information about these events and ideas for how to support affected families, please visit the CUA Cares website.