My Brothers in Papua New Guinea Need Your Help
On Monday, February 26th, a massive earthquake hit our missions in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. In fact, the 7.5 quake was centered right in the Diocese of Mendi where our Capuchin missionaries live and work. Everything shook violently for almost five minutes, causing landslides, toppling towers, shaking buildings off their moorings, splitting homes in two. Reports are still scarce, but the ones we are receiving and the photos we are getting make it clear that this is catastrophic. One government official stated this is the worst natural disaster to hit Papua New Guinea.
Although they have been shaken, our Capuchin missionaries are already in full-response mode. One missionary said, "My house is destroyed, but I've got to help my people and then start thinking about how to start over in the parish."
The Seraphic Mass Association has supported the missionaries since they first entered the area in 1956. We will be with them throughout this relief and rebuilding effort. The earthquake and the destruction it wrought have been massive, and the need for our assistance will also be massive.
The people of the Southern Highlands and the missionaries who serve them need your help. Your generous contribution will enable our Capuchin missionaries to bring comfort to the suffering, provide relief to those in need, and begin the long process of repairing and rebuilding schools, clinics, chapels, priests' houses, convents and parish churches.
I ask you to be generous. Please donate to help our Capuchin missionaries and the people they serve.
Any gift from the heart, and according to one's means,
is greatly appreciated: