The Archdiocese of New York has sent a donation of $25,000 to assist the Diocese of Owensboro, Ky., in the wake of the tornadoes that caused extensive damage and loss of life in western Kentucky this month.
The Dec. 10-11 storm unleashed tornadoes affecting several states. Kentucky, where at least 75 people were killed, absorbed much of the damage. The city of Mayfield in the western part of the state was leveled (CNY, Dec. 16).
Cardinal Dolan, who had interviewed Owensboro Bishop William Medley Dec. 14 on his “Conversation With Cardinal Dolan” program on Sirius XM, asked Msgr. Joseph P. LaMorte, vicar general and moderator of the curia in the archdiocese, “to offer the assistance of the Archdiocese of New York to you, your priests and parishioners in the wake of the terrifying tornadoes…”
Msgr. LaMorte, in his Dec. 17 letter to Bishop Medley, also said, “We are united with you in our prayer as we join our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and many faithful throughout the country to express our closeness.”
The funds for the Diocese of Owensboro were disbursed from a Charity Emergency Fund created with residual funds from previous disaster assistance provided by the archdiocese in recent years.
“Conversation With Cardinal Dolan” is also broadcast on many Catholic television stations, including the Catholic Faith Network.