Cardinal DiNardo calls for prayers, aid for Hurricane Dorian relief

September 4, 2019

At right, women walk amid rubble Sept. 3, 2019, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. (CNS photo/Dante Carrer, Reuters)

Daniel Cardinal  DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following Sept. 4 statement regarding Hurricane Dorian that left at least 23 people dead in the Bahamas and was moving closer to the southeastern United States.

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“As we continue to be vigilant for the effects of Hurricane Dorian as it approaches the U.S. coast, we are extremely mindful of the dire need faced by the community in the Bahamas so devastated by this catastrophic storm. We pray for all effected and invite Catholics and all people of goodwill to donate to Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA.”

Hurricane Dorian relief efforts

Cardinal DiNardo has joined Pope Francis in calling for prayers, aid and assistance to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. With sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts up to 220 mph, Dorian tied the record for the strongest Atlantic storm ever to hit land, matching a hurricane that struck the Florida Gulf Coast on Labor Day in 1935. Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA are leading Catholic humanitarian efforts in response to Dorian.

  • CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES carries out the commitment of the U.S. bishops to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Catholic Relief Services, with local partners, is working quickly to assess immediate needs.

    Donations help bring relief, in the form of food, emergency shelter and safe water to affected families. Families affected by Hurricane Dorian urgently need your help. 

    Your support makes a difference today in the Caribbean.

    Click to donate to Catholic Relief Services

    For more information about Catholic Relief Services, call 877-435-7277 or visit

  • CATHOLIC CHARITIES USA works in the U.S. with local agencies, including local Catholic Charities and social service groups, to provide immediate disaster relief and long-term recovery. 

    Your support helps people through the immediate aftermath and continues helping them as they work through the long process of recovery after Hurricane Dorian. Thank you for helping our neighbors in need.

    Click to donate to Catholic Charities USA

    For more information on Catholic Charities USA, call 703-549-1390 or visit