Imagine having to leave behind your home, friends, family, church … everything you ever knew … and start life in a new country. For us in South Louisiana, that concept is not so foreign having lived through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But even before that catastrophe, Catholic Charities had three decades of helping people rebuild their lives in a new country.
Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge began resettling refugees after the fall of Vietnam in 1974 on behalf of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops as part of our Catholic mission to welcome the stranger. Today, our refugee clients are fleeing war, violence and religious persecution from Burma, Iraq, Eritrea, Bhutan, the Congo, and others.
The bishops of Louisiana have asked the faithful to pray the following prayer, daily if possible during the hurricane season which extends each year from June 1 to November 30, that we and our lands and belongings may be preserved safe from harm.
Prayer for Safety In Hurricane Season
Relief leader explains how faith spurs action after storms
Reprint from The Advocate
BY MARK H. HUNTER, Special to The Advocate, May 07, 2012
Soon after Catholic Charities disaster aid workers arrived in Joplin, Mo., following the catastrophic, May 22 tornado, children were telling them stories of butterflies.
“As we were talking to folks that only had half of a house and were living under tarps, and no running water or anything left of their life other than the clothes they had on, the more we talked to the children, the kids started talking about seeing butterflies during the tornado,” said Gabe Tischler, the disaster coordinator for Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.