- Jan 22, 2020
After he ended up stranded and sleeping in his pickup Saturday night while trying to reach his Houston home, Father David Bergeron got up Sunday morning eager to say Mass. There was no congregation on his overpass, so the enterprising young priest broke out his kayak. He went up and down streets to check on people – trying, he said, to reassure them ‘God is still with us.’
As the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles has requested that all U.S. bishops take up a special collection in support of its victims. The collection will be taken up at masses over the next two weekends.
As the extent of the damage being caused by Hurricane Harvey starts to become clear, Catholic organizations are preparing their plans of action to help those in need. The category 4 storm has caused severe damage in Texas and Louisiana. and at least 5 deaths have been attributed to the cyclone.
In his Easter message, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that while some people may not feel worthy of Christ’s love because he “paid so high a price for our salvation,” they should not be afraid.
Archbishop Patrick F. Flores died January 9. He showed early signs of wanting to live a life with God according to his younger sister, Mary Moreno, who said that her brother would often walk up and down the road in front of the family home praying the rosary. “He was always very close to God,” she said.
Steven Lopez, the son of immigrants from Nicaragua and Haiti who went on to become an Olympic gold medalist, is competing in his fifth Olympics in Rio and says his faith is a “very key component to what I build my success on.”