Hurricane Irma

Brothers: You are all aware of the hurricane which struck the Virgin Islands and Florida named Irma. We have already scheduled and in some cases taken up a collection for relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and now have been asked by Cardinal DiNardo, the USCCB President, to take up a collection for the victims of that hurricane. While the mainland US can recover fairly well the Virgin Islands will be in a state of particular extreme need. The generosity of our people is always remarkable and I commend you for generating in them wonderfully compassionate hearts!