Monday, October 5, 2009

The Grotto's response to the flooding in The Philippines

Fr. Jack wanted me to let you know what we are doing at The Grotto for The Philippines following the typhoon. There is a display board in the main chapel with some photographs of Fr. Jack's visit in August paired with others of the flooding. The Grotto's appeal is directed to help the Servite Seminary/House of Formation in The Philippines. Here is the letter from Fr. Jack that accompanies the pictures:

Fall 2009

Dear friends and visitors to The Grotto,

In August of 2009 I had the opportunity to travel to The Philippines to visit our fellow Servite friars and seminarians there. The Grotto has developed a strong relationship with the Servite community in The Philippines. We are fortunate to have had a number of Filipino Servite priests ministering here at The Grotto over the past several years.

On September 26 of this year The Philippines were hit by Typhoon Ondoy, which poured more than a month’s worth of rain in just six hours. Hundreds of people lost their lives, and many parts of The Philippines were submerged under water.

The Servite community in The Philippines, especially their House of Formation/Seminary, was not spared the flooding and damage. Here are some photographs from my visit before the typhoon paired with photographs of the flooding.

If you would like to help support the needs of the Servite friars and seminarians in The Philippines, please use one the envelopes below. Thank you for your generosity in supporting our Servite family in The Philippines.

Sincerely yours in the service of Jesus and Mary,
Fr. Jack Topper, OSMExecutive Director of The Grotto


I hope all of your loved ones in The Philippines are doing OK.

Larry Kirby
PO Box 20008Portland, Oregon 97294-0008

503.261.2429 My Direct Line
503.254.7371 The Grotto Office
503.254.7948 The Grotto FAX