SSPX news & events

Appeal for victims of Yolanda typhoon

November 11, 2013

Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines’ eastern seaboard on Friday resulting in widespread devastation of homes, injuries and deaths. Fr. Daniel Couture (SSPX Asia District Superior) is appealing for prayers and support!

Photo credit: Raul Banias

The SSPX's Asia District is making a world-wide appeal on behalf of the victims for the recent super-typhoon Yolanda (also called typhoon Haiyan) that has just hit the Philippines from November 7-9. In advance, thank you for your generosity!

Fr. Couture's letter of appeal

Described as the worst typhoon known in history, with winds reaching 330km [~250 miles] per hour, it has had the same devastating effects as the tsunami of 2004. The island of Leyte, in particular, and its capital city of Tacloban have been the worst hit. The number of dead caused by this typhoon is estimated today at over 10,000, and is still growing by the hour. All the houses of this city have been severely damaged or are gone.

The Society of St Pius X too has been directly affected: we have lost our Tacloban chapel and the missionary car, stationed at the chapel; many of our faithful have lost their houses. We do not yet know if some of our faithful have died in the disaster due to a complete breakdown in communications.

Please come to their help! This historic typhoon has come just weeks after a 7.2 earthquake hit the Philippines, with its epicenter on the island of Bohol. One of our priest lost his parents’ house as a result of this quake. This appeal is made on the feast of the great St Martin who did come to the rescue of a poor man in need.

You can help in many ways:

First by your prayers! That all those who have been affected may have the patience and fortitude to bear this heavy cross. That the others may have great charity and liberality to come to their rescue.

Then by your donations. For these, you can either go through the various districts and chapels of the Society of St. Pius X worldwide (who will in turn pass it on to us), or send the funds directly to us in one of our various bank accounts.

NOTE: in whatever way you send funds, please mention clearly: “For the Typhoon Victims”.

Also, if you send a check to one if these accounts, please also inform us by email, if possible.

With the assurance of our prayers and the deep gratitude of the victims.

Amen I say to you: as long as you did for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did it to Me.” (Mt 25:40)

Fr. Daniel Couture
District Superior