The 135 parishes of the Diocese of St. Cloud have raised $206,000 through special collections at church services over the last month. An additional $49,000 has been sent directly to the Propagation of the Faith Office in St. Cloud for relief efforts in Haiti. This brings the total amount collected to $255,000, as of Feb. 12. Numerous parishes and Catholic schools across the diocese also have been spending time in prayer, collecting supplies for relief workers and packaging food for the people of Haiti. All the funds will be given directly to Catholic Relief Services for use in Haiti after the recent earthquake.
"I am so very saddened to view the devastating destruction in an already-suffering nation; however, I am grateful to see the compassionate response from the faithful in the Diocese of St. Cloud. This outpouring of support illustrates parishioners' kind and generous hearts," says Bishop John F. Kinney. "We continue to ask God to bless all those affected by the earthquake, including the people of Haiti and the relief workers."
The Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud encompasses 16 central Minnesota counties, with an estimated total population of 500,000, including 150,000 Catholics.