$2.7 Million in Donations for Katrina Relief

January 01, 2006

Over $2.7 million has been donated to the Archdiocese of Washington for hurricane relief efforts.

In September, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, asked all 140 parishes in the Archdiocese to hold special collections to aid those in need along the Gulf Coast. All of the funds are being used for relief efforts, with monies sent to dioceses in the affected region and to Catholic Charities USA for short- and long-term relief efforts.

In addition to the parish collections, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, both archdiocesan and independent, welcomed nearly 100 students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, waiving tuition for these students so they could continue their education with as little disruption as possible.

Catholic Community Services (CCS) of the Archdiocese of Washington established a hotline for parishes and parishioners offering housing and other assistance and for survivors. CCS has assisted over 400 people with a range of services, including housing, counseling and emergency assistance.

In addition, many parishes and schools have undertaken additional relief efforts. These include “adopting” families, parishes or schools along the Gulf Coast, collecting and shipping needed supplies or holding benefit events, such as youth car washes or tag days at school.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 560,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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