Catholic University: Prayers and Charity for Haiti

The Catholic University of America is responding to the earthquake in Haiti through “CUA Cares: A Novena of Prayer and Action for the People of Haiti,” nine days of prayer and charity beginning at the 12:10 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel on Thursday, January 14, and ending on Friday, January 22, the day of the annual “March for Life” in Washington, D.C. All members of the university community are invited and encouraged to participate. Father O’Connell will preside and preach at this Mass.

Prayer will continue throughout these days. The university will also coordinate a single fundraising and collection effort for the people of Haiti rather than having multiple and divided efforts. All monies raised will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.

A table will be set up for donations in the lobby of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center after the 12:10 p.m. Mass and staffed by student leaders. Checks payable to “The Catholic University of America” can be dropped off there or sent to the President’s Office in Nugent Hall. The university, in turn, will send a single check to Catholic Relief Services, adding its own matching funds. An online mechanism for contributions is being set up and will be communicated and available to the university community. Other student initiatives will be announced by the offices of student life and campus ministry.

In his public audience today, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI said “I appeal to the generosity of everyone so that our brothers and sisters receive our concrete solidarity and the effective support of the international community in this moment of need and suffering.”

“The Catholic University of America has always responded with great generosity to human suffering and need,” observed Father O’Connell. “And the people of Haiti–the poorest country in our hemisphere–are in the most desperate need of our love and compassion at this time. Let us offer them our hearts and our help.”

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One Response to “Catholic University: Prayers and Charity for Haiti”

  1. Fr. Larry Canavera Says:

    Good going! Thank you. (An alumnus of ‘62,63,70)

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