Lagos, November 10, 2013
To all Claretian Missionaries
A cordial greeting from Lagos. We have all been following with concern the news about the typhoon which has devastated the central part of the Philippines. As we have been able to find out through the means of social communication, the part most affected by this typhoon was Tacloban, a city in which various families of Claretians reside and which is close to the novitiate of the Province of the Philippines.
I have communicated with Fr. Leo Dalmao, Provincial Superior of the Philippines, and with some of the Claretians whose families have been directly affected. The news is still somewhat unclear because communication is difficult. But we do know, for example, that the novitiate has suffered major damage as well as the center of formation for evangelizers that we have there.
To all this is coupled a great uncertainty over the huge number of people who have lost their lives, the pain of their families, and the concern of those who have seen their livelihoods destroyed or the means to take care of their families
I appeal to the entire Congregation to express our solidarity with the Province of the Philippines and to the many people who need help at this time.
I invite all - communities, parishes, schools, provinces and delegations, etc. - to make some gesture of solidarity with our brothers in the Philippines and to the people who are suffering as a result of the typhoon. I know that there will be a generous response.
You can send your contributions to the governments of your Provinces or Delegations who, in turn, will forward them to the FUNDUS to be deposited to the account of the Province of the Philippines. It will inform us, in due time, about the use of these funds and of the projects that will be carried out or which will be necessary.
May the Lord bless your gestures of solidarity. We entrust our brothers in the Philippines, and the people who are suffering because of the typhoon, to the Virgin's heart. I am sure that the Claretians in the Philippines will express to the people, especially to the families of our brothers who have been directly hit by the typhoon, our closeness and communion with them. Thank you all for your collaboration.
Your Brother “in Corde Matris”
Josep M. Abella, cmf.