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Bishop John J. Nevins Statement on Hurricane Charley

For several days the west coast of Florida anticipated the arrival of Hurricane Charley. Inspite of our best preparations, no one was prepared for the devastation of Friday, August 13.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed and many more have sustained serious damage.Thousands of people are homeless. Many have been killed. Several of our parish churches wereirreparably damaged. While the hurricane's path was swift, the affects of this deadly disaster willbe felt for a long, long time.

Over the past 20 years, the people of our diocese have responded generously to naturaldisasters around the world. Your charity to our brothers and sisters in need has been a truewitness to the love of Christ in our world. Now the need is much closer to home. Many peoplewithin our own communities from Sanibel through Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Arcadia andWauchula need our assistance. Our Catholic Charities has been working diligently to respond tothis crisis and must have additional funds to meet the enormous needs.

A special collection will be held in your parish for emergency assistance to those affectedby the hurricane. I urge you to be as generous as possible.

If you are able, I hope you will consider volunteering your time and energy to assist withrelief efforts whether it is collecting and delivering goods or helping with clean up. Mostimportantly, please keep in prayer all those affected by Hurricane Charley, especially those whohave died and their families.

I know that through God's grace and your loving actions, we can reach out in love tothose who are suffering. May the Lord bless us and help us.

Sincerely in Our Lord,
John J. Nevins, D.D.
Bishop of Venice in Florida

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