Diocesan Metropolitan requests all faithful members to get involved in Oklahoma relief and recovery effort.
We spoke with our parish Vicar in Oklahoma on Tuesday, May 21st, Rev. Fr. Cherian Kunnel, and it was reported to us there was no loss of life or major concerns among the members of our parish in Oklahoma City and the surrounding Indian community. However, our parish and its members are located very near to where this tragedy took place and is very much at a loss for words as it is so close to home. We are most grateful to all the first responders who sacrificed their own lives to help those in need.
On behalf of the Diocese of South-West America, we express our deepest condolences, prayers, and support to all the victims and families who lost their lives, homes, belongings, and much more. As a diocese, we pledge our prayerful and financial support for the immediate relief efforts and long-term needs as this community seeks to rebuild their lives.
We have communicated with the Diocesan MGOCSM Secretary, Rev. Fr. Joel Mathew, who is working with the MGOCSM youth of the area and across our diocese to assist in the relief efforts. We are currently in the process of setting up volunteer opportunities to assist in the relief efforts and details will be communicated through our diocesan website for anyone to be a part of. In the meantime, we are also requesting the financial support of all parishes within our diocese for the relief efforts. Details will be communicated through the parish Vicars by this Sunday so that immediate aid can be given, and we urge all our faithful to be a helping hand in this effort.
We will continue to provide information as it becomes available to us, and we seek your continuous prayers for all those who have been affected by this devastation.
Your Shepherd in Christ,
Alexios Eusebius Metropolitan