Catholic Relief Efforts Post-Sandy Stretch from New York to Cuba

November 28, 2012 by

From U.S. Catholic, an excellent summary of how Catholic organizations and dioceses are responding to Hurricane Sandy victims, in both the United States and the Caribbean:

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As victims continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, several dioceses and Catholic charities are still asking for support for the affected areas.

Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services are the two main charities dioceses were using to distribute these donations. Catholic Charities is working mainly in New York and New Jersey, while CRS is mostly in the Caribbean.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which has branches throughout the country, also has been asking for continued support for hurricane victims.

Among the dioceses that had collected donations for at least one of these charities were the Archdiocese of Miami and the Dioceses of Albany, N.Y., Youngstown, Ohio, and Scranton, Pa.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia conducted a second collection for Sandy victims the weekend of Nov. 24-25.

With the memory of Hurricane Rita that hit the region hard in 2005, the Diocese of Lake Charles, La., took a second collection at Masses Nov. 24-25 as well.

“All of us here can relate to those who are recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy with its torrential rains and winds,” said a statement from Father Wayne LeBleu, secretary for the diocese’s Ministry of Pastoral Services. “We also remember the benefits of those who assisted us in our time of need and we would like to offer our prayerful support and gifts to assist those in need at this time.”

Earlier in November, second collections to fund relief for hurricane victims were conducted by the Archdiocese of Boston and the Dioceses of Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, Pa., Orlando and Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., and Raleigh, N.C.

A planeload of nonperishable food items — about 8,500 pounds — left Miami Nov. 19 for the hard-hit Archdiocese of Santiago de Cuba to help the Catholic Church there feed people affected by the ravages of Sandy.

Read the full article from U.S. Catholic.


  1. Sandra Meulemans says:

    Is there a way to make a donation via CRS directly to those in the United States effected by Hurricane Sandy?

    • Jim Stipe says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Great question. Since Catholic Relief Services is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, our Hurricane Sandy response is focused on assisting those deeply impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Jamaica, Cuba and Haiti. However, our sister organization, Catholic Charities, focuses just on the United States and is responding to Hurricane Sandy victims here at home. You can donate to Catholic Charities’ Hurricane Sandy response by going to their website at

      All the best,