Mass Catholic Conference

Cardinal Authorizes a Special Collection for Maui Relief

The images and news reports coming out of the Island of Maui are heartbreaking. The wildfires have killed more than 100 people, left many injured and missing, and destroyed homes and businesses.

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with the people of Maui including all suffering from this tragedy, while also invoking God’s blessing of “strength and peace.”

Recognizing the immediate and growing need for assistance, Cardinal Seán has asked that a special collection be taken in all parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston to support Church relief efforts in the Diocese of Honolulu. The relief efforts are focusing on community members affected by the Maui wildfires and will “play a crucial role in helping to rebuild lives and restore hope.”

Parishes are encouraged to hold the collection over any of the next three weekends August 19/20, August 26/27, or September 2/3.

To process this collection, parishioners are asked to make their checks payable to their parish, with “Maui Relief” in the memo. The Archdiocese will process all funds raised directly to Hawaii Catholic Community Foundation (HCCF).  

Cardinal Seán is grateful to the parishes of the Archdiocese for their expression of solidarity with those who are suffering. The Archdiocese has a long track record of stepping up in times of natural disasters to help people all over the world recover and rebuild.