People of Diocese Donate More Than $120,000 to Maui Fire Victims

The faithful of the Diocese of Allentown were extremely generous in the special collection for victims of the devastating wildfires on the Island of Maui, Hawaii in August 2023.

The wildfires killed at least 100 people, left three people missing, and burned thousands of structures. The island faced the immediate need to provide food and shelter for thousands left homeless and the future challenge to rebuild.

The voluntary collection in September 2023 netted $120,386.23 that was sent to Bishop of Honolulu Larry Silva for the Hawaii Catholic Community Foundation.

“I am heartened and exceptionally proud to learn of the generosity of the people in our Diocese,” said Bishop of Allentown Alfred Schlert. “I ask everyone to join with me in continuing to pray for the people who were affected by the fire.”

“The faithful of the Diocese of Allentown support the people of Maui with their prayers and hope that these contributions will help alleviate the suffering caused by this fire,” said Monsignor David James, Diocesan Vicar General, in a letter sending the funds to Bishop Silva.

Photo: Cara Camanse, a fourth-grade teacher at Sacred Hearts School in Lahania, is pictured in an undated photo leading students at Sacred Hearts Mission Church in nearby Kapalua. The school has been temporarily located to the church since the wildfires destroyed most of the school building, along with more than 2,200 other buildings in Lahania. (OSV News photo/courtesy Brian Perry)


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