As you know, last weekend Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines and Vietnam. One of the largest storms ever to strike land, the typhoon claimed the lives of thousands and has affected millions more. Antonio F. Moreno, S.J., provincial of the Philippines, says of the typhoon, “Thousands of our people lost their lives; other untold thousands, their homes and properties. It has already been acknowledged that this typhoon is the worst this year, and perhaps the worst natural calamity ever to strike the Philippines.”
We have been in touch with our colleagues at Ateneo de Davao University, a Jesuit university in the Philippines, who are mobilizing relief and recovery efforts and have appealed to us for support. You can make a gift here to support their efforts. (Please note, this gift will not be considered a gift to Loyola).
Additionally, Catholic Relief Services has committed to provide 100,000 families with shelter, living supplies, and clean water and sanitation. You may also make a donation to support their efforts to assist those affected by the typhoon. The Loyola Responds Committee also recommends the Red Cross as an effective agency helping survivors.
Dr. Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, will be on campus on Monday, November 18, to deliver Loyola’s annual Salvadoran Martyrs Lecture, the keynote event for November’s Ignatian Heritage Month. The address will take place at 1 p.m. in Beane Hall on the Water Tower Campus and at 4 p.m. in the Crown Center Auditorium on the Lake Shore Campus. Following her address, a Mass will be held in Madonna della Strada at 5:15 p.m. The collection at this Mass will go toward relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
We ask that you keep the people affected by this disaster in your thoughts and prayers, particularly those members of the Loyola community with family and friends in the devastated areas. If you would like to initiate a project to support relief efforts, please contact Lisa Reiter, director of Campus Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates about Loyola’s efforts, as well as links to make donations, will be posted at LUC.edu/responds.
Thank you for your support of those in need.
The Loyola Responds Committee