Notre Dame collects $240,171 for relief of Gulf region

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Collections taken up throughout the University of Notre Dame community in recent weeks—in the student residence hall chapels and dining halls and even the football stadium—have raised $240,171 for the relief of victims of the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe.

A collection in the Notre Dame Stadium during last Saturdays football game withMichiganStateraised $195,871.Collections also have been taken up at Masses in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore but have not yet been tabulated.

Calamities such as the hurricane and the human misery in its wake sharply remind us that whether we are victims or witnesses, we belong to one another,said Notre Dames president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.We are grateful to be in a position to offer assistance to our brothers and sisters in the Gulf region and pray that our assistance will deepen their hope.

Funds raised in the Universitys Katrina collections are being distributed among Catholic Charities USA; Catholic parishes in the Gulf region which are administered by Notre Dames founding religious order, the Congregation of Holy Cross; and regional parochial schools participating in Notre Dames Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) volunteer teacher program.

The University will continue to accept donations throughout the semester.Contributions may be sent to:Notre Dame Katrina Collection,P.O. Box198, University of Notre Dame, NotreDame,IN46556-0198.

* Contact: * Matthew Storin, associate vice president, news and information, 574-631-7367

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