Earthquake Relief

On February 26, a massive earthquake hit our missions in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea.  In fact, the 7.5 quake was centered in the Diocese of Mendi where our Capuchin missionaries live and work.  Everything shook violently for nearly five minutes, causing landslides, toppling towers, shaking buildings off their moorings, splitting homes in two.  The reports and photographs provide evidence of the earthquake's catastrophic damage.  One government official stated this is the worst natural disaster to hit Papua New Guinea.

Although they are still shaken, our Capuchin missionaries continue to work in full-response mode.  One missionary said, "My house is destroyed, but I've got to help my people and then start thinking about how to start over in the parish."

Papua New Guinea

The Seraphic Mass Association has supported the missionaries since they arrived in Papua New Guinea in 1956.  We will be with them throughout this relief and rebuilding effort.  The earthquake and the destruction it wrought have been massive; the need for our assistance is equally immense.

The people of the Southern Highlands and the missionaries who serve them need your help.  Your generous contribution will enable our Capuchin missionaries bring comfort to the suffering, provide relief to those in need, and aid in the long process of repairing and rebuilding schools, clinics, chapels, priests' houses, convents, and parish churches.