Raleigh, Arlington raise $450,000 for victims of Hurricane Matthew

North Carolinians are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew, which hit the state Oct. 9.

In the aftermath, Catholic Charities staff and Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge (former Bishop of Raleigh) traveled to some of the hardest hit areas to assess the damage and bring relief. Bishop Burbidge also called upon Catholics in Raleigh to contribute to a second collection for long-term assistance.

To date, $382,000 has been raised within eastern North Carolina. Dec. 21, Bishop Burbidge informed the Diocese of Raleigh that through special collections initiated by Bishop Paul S. Loverde, his predecessor in the Diocese of Arlington, an additional $68,017 had been raised. 

“Please allow me this opportunity to thank Bishop Paul Loverde for initiating this important effort and for the continued solidarity he and Bishop Burbidge have shared with us following the effects of Hurricane Matthew,” said Msgr. Michael Shugrue, diocesan administrator of the Diocese of Raleigh. “The donations from his generous parishioners in the Diocese of Arlington will go a long way to help bring relief to those still suffering from the recent flooding. I also want to thank the parishioners of the Diocese of Raleigh for their support of the flood victims and for those volunteers who have been so courageous in their witness to the Corporal Works of Mercy."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017