Special Message from the Vice President of University Mission & Ministry
“Our Lord Jesus Christ, suffering in the persons of a multitude" impacted by Harvey, "seek relief at your hands" (Dubuis).
Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has called for prayers and solidarity with those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. He invites us to closely monitor future calls for assistance for victims and survivors in the days ahead.
He notes, "Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast in a catastrophic and devastating way this weekend, bringing with it severe flooding and high winds which have taken human life, caused countless injuries, and severely damage homes and property throughout the region. The effects of the storm continue to put people in harm's way, with horrific scenes playing out all around, such as those of people trapped on their rooftops as water continues to rise around them." He further adds, "I call on people of faith to pray for all of those who have been impacted by this Hurricane, and I ask people of good will to stand with the victims and their families. May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger, and bring to safety those who are missing."
As a community, we are moved by the images, anxieties, fear and losses of those most heavily affected by Harvey. We are also aware that many in our community, staff, and students have family and friends trapped by the storm. As a community so richly blessed by God, I beseech you to look into your heart and discern how you might respond to such great needs and to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Houston, Victoria, Rockport, Port Lavaca, Katy and other cities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
There are several ways we can respond, first in prayer, as prayer moves us to action on behalf of our sisters and brothers. Second, consider sharing your time, treasure and talent to the communities in need. Below is a partial list of things you can do to help:
Campus Locations of SAFB collection receptacles:
Bonilla Science Hall
EAP/School of Professional Studies
Feik School of Pharmacy
Fine Arts Building
Rosenberg School of Optometry
School of Osteopathic Medicine
School of Physical Therapy
May God bless and keep us.
Sr. Walter Maher, CCVI, Vice President of University Mission & Ministry
Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo, Associate Provost for Civic Engagement Ettling Center for Civic Leadership
Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez, Associate -Director Ettling Center for Civic Leadership
Paul Ayala, Director-Student Engagement