Puerto Rico was still recovering from the devastation Hurricane Maria left behind in 2017, when repeated tremors, earthquakes and aftershocks added another level of stress for Puerto Rico’s people.
The series of earthquakes, the highest being a magnitude 6.4, has leveled towns and parish churches on the southern coast of the island. Gov. Wanda Vazquez Garced has declared a state of emergency.
This new round of destruction has only intensified the conditions created by the 2017 hurricane.
In response to this disaster, Bishop Alfred Schlert has asked that each parish in the Diocese take up a collection between now and March 15 to provide relief for Puerto Rico.
The funds contributed to this collection will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services to be administered by them.