Beloved Broth­ers and Sis­ters in the Lord!

Homes destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

Destruc­tion in the after­math of Hur­ri­cane Harvey.

The Lord has vis­it­ed upon us a test of our faith through the fear­some, dead­ly storm that befell the states of Texas and Louisiana with­in our diocese. 

Thanks be to the Lord God, nei­ther of our church­es in Hous­ton, St. Vladimir’s and St. Jonah’s, suf­fered dam­aged, but cer­tain of our parish­ioners lost everything.

I was uncer­tain whether to per­son­al­ly trav­el to Hous­ton to vis­it the vic­tims or not, but decid­ed that such a trip would dis­tract and detract from the work of recov­ery; I am thus unable to per­son­al­ly wit­ness to the sit­u­a­tion in Houston.

At the same time, our dio­cese is work­ing togeth­er with the IOCC (Inter­na­tion­al Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian Char­i­ties) to bring aid to the vic­tims. Those who wish to con­tribute may donate through IOCC or direct­ly via our dioce­san trea­sur­er, Mr Andrei Urtiev, at the below address:

Dio­cese of Chicago
P.O. Box 1367
Des Plaines, IL 60017.

May the Lord reward the bene­fac­tors a hundredfold.

With Love in the Lord,

+ Peter,
Arch­bish­op of Chica­go and Mid-America

source: Syn­od of the Russ­ian Ortho­dox Church Out­side Russia

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