Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Statement on Haiti

“The human tragedy unfolding in Haiti is heartbreaking and it calls all of us to action to help the people impacted by the earthquake. We pray for those who have perished, for the injured, for the displaced and for relief personnel who are courageously working to assist the people of Haiti at this difficult and sad time. We ask God to bless Haiti and to be merciful in their hour of need. The destruction witnessed has devastated a poor nation of people who cry out now for the help of the world community. The Archdiocese of Boston will do its part in assisting our brothers and sisters in Haiti.”

In an effort to provide direct support, the Cardinal is authorizing a second collection in the parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston. Parishes may choose either this coming weekend, January 16 & 17, or the weekend of January 30 & 31 to take the collection. Funds collected will be sent to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to assist in relief efforts in Haiti. CRS will coordinate with local and international agencies to determine how best to provide help where it is most needed. Parishes are requested to please send a check to the Archdiocese for the proceeds of the special second collection payable to the RCAB. In the memo portion of the check please note, “Haiti Relief Collection.”

In addition, the Cardinal announced that Catholic Charities Boston is actively engaged in working with the local Haitian community to assist families locally who have loved ones impacted by the earthquake. To stay informed, please visit