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Loyola Responds

Loyola Responds

Hurricane Maria and the Mexico City Earthquake

September 20, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

As you are well aware, the last several weeks have been filled with natural disasters: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, an earthquake off the coast of Mexico, and wildfires raging across the American West.

Now, Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico and will continue tracking northwest through the Atlantic. A strong earthquake also recently rocked Mexico City leaving hundreds dead.

The community at Loyola University Chicago wishes to share our sympathy, solidarity, and support for all of those who have been affected by these terrible disasters. Members of our Division of Student Development have been reaching out individually to students from the impacted regions offering our support. Our Alumni Relations team has also been in contact with Loyola alumni in these areas to let them know what the Loyola community is doing to support survivors of these disasters.

If you choose to make a donation to support relief efforts, please consider Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, or UNICEF. We will be offering prayers at Masses on all our campuses for those impacted by these disasters, and we are working with student groups to organize on-campus relief efforts.

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Lisa R. Reiter, PhD
Director, Campus Ministry
Lakeside Campuses

Ginny McCarthy, MDiv
Director, University Ministry
Health Sciences Campus

Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

It is with a heavy heart that we write to you so soon after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast. As you know, Hurricane Irma recently swept through the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. The damage from Irma is particularly severe in several Caribbean islands and the Florida Keys.

Our sympathies are with everyone affected by Irma, especially our 2,200 alumni and more than 200 students from the region. Please keep all of these individuals in your prayers.

If you choose to make a donation to support relief efforts, Catholic Charities USA is accepting donations, and UNICEF is supplying aid in the Caribbean.

Prayers for those affected by Hurricane Irma are being offered at our daily Masses, and a group of student ambassadors will plan and organize relief efforts on campus.  

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Lisa R. Reiter, PhD
Director, Campus Ministry
Lakeside Campuses

Ginny McCarthy, MDiv
Director, University Ministry
Health Sciences Campus

Hurricane Harvey

Donation request for two Jesuit high schools affected by Hurricane Harvey

There is an opportunity to support two Jesuit high schools, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations will benefit the schools and the affected families. Between the two schools, about 50 families have been flooded out of their homes.

The presidents of the two high schools have united to share the following message:

Dear Friends of Cristo Rey Jesuit and Strake Jesuit,

Hurricane Harvey has been more catastrophic than any of us could have imagined. Thankfully, at the writing of this letter, none of our families or faculty and staff has been seriously injured on account of Harvey, and we are very grateful for this.

Both of the schools have spent the past two days assessing the needs of students as well as faculty and staff. Cristo Rey Jesuit called all of their families and Strake Jesuit sent out a survey to all of its families. As of this moment we have learned that between the two schools about 50 families have been flooded out of their homes (30 from CRJ and 20 from Strake Jesuit). I’m sure in the next hours and days we will learn of more since we have not heard from 100% of our families. These families have immediate needs for shelter, food, clothing, transportation, school supplies, school lunches, legal assistance, counseling, and other basic necessitates. No doubt there will be longer term needs as well.

As Houston deals with the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our local economy, our families will experience additional hardships. Cristo Rey, who is dependent upon the health of local businesses who fund the Corporate Work Study Program, will no doubt experience new challenges associated with funding scholarships and school programs.

Both schools sustained minor damage to facilities, but none of the damage will prevent us from opening the schools as planned on Tuesday September 5th.

How can you help? A financial donation to both schools would be very helpful and will go towards supporting our families and our schools. Click here to support the families and programs at Cristo Rey Jesuit and Click here to support the families of Strake Jesuit.

Words of gratitude are not enough. We pray to be able to come quickly to your aid when you are in need. Your continued prayers for our reliance upon God continue to be helpful.

In Christ,
Jeff Johnson, S.J.
President, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory

Paul Posoli
President, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston

About Loyola Responds

Loyola Responds is a standing committee composed of individuals from across the University and chaired by the Director of Campus Ministry. This standing committee serves as a coordinating body to assess, plan, and guide Loyola's response to humanitarian crises and disasters.