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