Hey guys, this is a bit of a long post, but please take the time to read it. Yesterday I received an email from a close friend of mine. His name is Fr. Jijo, and he is from Kerala, India. He served a short stint of time at Holy Family Catholic Church, along with several other Franciscan Friars from the same town. They are all from the area, and all have family and friends still living there.
Sadly, tragedy has set in with floods. Over 300 people have died, and the count is not over. The friars have welcomed people into their ashram, or friary, and are doing all that they can. However people have lost their homes, their possessions, and worst of all their loved ones. I didn’t even know if my friend, who is more like a brother, Jijo was even alive until yesterday when the email came.
Jijo has asked for our help. They are financially in a bad place and trying to care for a broken community. I know this group has helped communities and families in the past, present, and will continue to do so as long as this group is going. Good men make this group a special community. I am asking that you consider helping this community if possible. I would also like to do a fundraiser if at all possible. I don’t know who to ask for help, but I knew this would be a good place to start. If you can give or help organize an event, please let me know.
My number is: (502)298-8836
I have attached the email I received, as well as a short video that displays the devastation of the Kerala community. Please keep them in your prayers. The people of Kerala are just as much our neighbors as the PAX that gathers with us each week.