Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest recorded storm to make landfall, has had a destructive impact upon the Philippines. With thousands dead and millions more seriously affected, the devastation is catastrophic. While the images come to us from half a world away, there is a very real connection for many members of our community—including a large number of employees—who are from the Philippines or have family members there who have been affected. I know you will join me in praying for them as they work to secure information on loved ones and send relief.
This natural disaster has sparked a worldwide humanitarian response. As a University community whose faith calls us to solidarity with those who are suffering, I invite you to take advantage of the following opportunities to be involved:
Offer a prayerful and charitable response to the plight of the victims of this disaster by participating in one or more of the many activities scheduled as part of this week’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Attend a special bi-lingual Mass in English and Tagalog on Tuesday, November 19, at 3 pm in Corr Chapel. This liturgy will focus on the rich culture and deep faith of the Filipino community both here and abroad. A monetary collection at this Mass and the liturgies on Sunday will be earmarked for Catholic Relief Services’ Haiyan emergency response.
Donate to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), an official partner of Villanova University. CRS is responding to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people in the areas most affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Its partnership with local dioceses and Catholic organizations allows it to reach people quickly and distribute essential relief with speed, efficiency and quality oversight. Follow this link for instructions to donate securely online, by phone or mail. To find prayer resources and the most up-to-date information on CRS’ response to typhoon Haiyan, visit www.crs.org/typhoon-haiyan.
Please continue to keep in your prayers the people of the Philippines as they work to recover and rebuild.
Fr. Peter Donohue, OSA
Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges.