Galveston Catholics need assistance

Galveston Catholics need assistance


Reader Louis Epstein took the initiative to contact the staff of St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston, Texas, following Hurricane Ike to see how the mother-church of Texas Catholicism had fared. Here is the response he received:

The island is uninhabitable and the mayor has said that those who did not evacuate should leave. Basic services like water and power are not going to be restored soon.

The church had 8 feet of water and will need to be cleaned and repaired. The pastor is taking residence in Lake Charles, Louisiana and have no access to a computer. I have evacuated to Dallas and there is nobody at the church.

We have no information of when the postal service will become operational in Galveston. We do not know when we will be able to get back either. The island is in lock down.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the church please make the check payable to St. Mary Cathedral Basilica and remit to:

Rev. Brendan Murphy
1425 N Chateau Cir
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Also please add a note specifying how you would like your donation to be used. For example: to the needy or for church repair.

Please contact Rev. Brendan Murphy at (409) 370-8844

After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita there was a huge outpouring to help our Catholic brethren in those areas to recover their churches and other buildings. In times like these, a place to gather and worship, to thank God for life, to ask Him to receive those who did not survive, and to seek His guidance on how to proceed in an uncertain future is vital to a community. If you can help, please do so prayerfully.