Dominicans Affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

Dominican Sisters and Typhoon Yolanda

It is no longer news that some parts of the Philippines were devastated by the super typhoon Yolanda. Perhaps what continuous to baffle the whole world is the extent of damages that it brought. The magnitude of the devastation spans Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Panay, Mindoro and Coron.

For us Dominicans, it is also important to know that some of our Dominican brothers and sisters were affected. These are Dominican brothers and sisters who have ministries in the affected areas. One of the groups of sisters affected is the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary of the Philippines (OP-Molo Sisters).

According to the Molo Sisters, their schools, St Martin Academy in Dumalag and Our Lady of Fatima Academy in Dao were affected. Access to these areas has been difficult because of excessive flooding of the access route and the surrounding towns. The sisters assigned to these areas are safe, they had to evacuate to higher grounds from where they were able to get phone reception. The sisters are also reaching out to their other schools, St Anne Catholic School in Balasan and Eucharistic King Academy in Sara. They are bringing with them food, medicines, flash lights and candles. The hope of restoring electricity will take another 2-3 months.

Our brothers and sisters need our prayers and assistance at this moment.

Our corporal works of mercy are truly spiritual, for our little acts of kindness and generosity bring physical relief and spiritual comfort to our brothers and sisters who know and feel they do not suffer alone.

We continue to pray for goodwill, courage and strength. May Our Blessed Mother continue to keep us all safe under Her mantle.

For images of the disaster, click here.

(16 November 2013)