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Help Spiritans Deliver Aid During COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Friends,

The date June 1, the start of hurricane season, serves as a reminder for many of us who live in coastal areas to be sure we have extra cans of soup on hand, just in case a hurricane comes ashore and wreaks havoc. Still reeling from the coronavirus, one would not be out of line to cry out, “We’ve had enough!” As Christians, we draw strength from Jesus’ promise to send another Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, who is to be with us, His disciples, to sustain and to empower us to do mighty deeds in His name (Jn 17).
 
The world looks forward to vaccines that will protect us from the deadly virus. The sad fact is that the impact of disease and economic collapse disproportionately affects people who are hardworking, yet have no economic safety net. Spiritan priests and brothers often minister in such communities. I am writing to ask for your help with two important projects supporting people impacted by the pandemic.
 
Brazil is a global hot spot for the coronavirus. Spiritans have served in the rainforests of the upper Amazon since the 1860’s. COVID-19 has crippled an already fragile economy of mostly self-employed residents in remote Fonte Boa, Amazonas. Two Spiritan priests in Our Lady of Nazareth Parish have initiated a food distribution program through nine outstations to bring help to roughly 1,000 of these unemployed people during this crisis. 
 
A second project in arid South-Central Ethiopia (Borana Zone) aims to restock medicine and supplies for the Spiritan-operated Dhadim Catholic Health Program. The program serves more than 6,000 people and focuses on specific interventions to prevent and control diseases such as COVID-19. 
 
This June 1st happens to fall on the Monday after Pentecost, which Pope Francis has designated as an annual memorial feast to honor Mary, as Mother of the Church (see Jn. 19: 25-27). We pray that Our Blessed Mother will be a beacon of hope for you and your families in this challenging time. Please watch out for each other and consider helping us achieve our goal of raising $9,400 for these two communities in desperate need of our help.
 
Please visit www.Spiritans.org/donate to make your gift today.
 
Thank you for all you do in supporting the missionary work of our Spiritan priests and brothers.
Peace & Blessings,
Fr. Mike

Fr. Mike Grey, C.S.Sp.
Development Officer
Spiritan Office for Mission Advancement
www.spiritans.org
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