USCCB Bishops offer prayers after deadly tornadoes hit Missouri and storms damage other states in midwest

WASHINGTON – After tornadoes killed three people in Missouri and storms brought devastation to parts of the Midwest and areas from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed grief over the lives lost and damage threatened by the tornadoes and storms, and offered prayers for recovery.

The full statement follows:

“I am profoundly saddened by the loss of life and the damage caused by the tornadoes and storms throughout the Midwest and related regions these past few days. As of this writing, millions of people in at least seven states have been affected by the powerful winds, rainfall and rising water levels caused by these conditions. Seven people have been killed in Missouri, Iowa and Oklahoma. Severe weather continues to be expected in this devastated area through the rest of this week.

A call is made to all for prayers for the victims and their grieving families and communities. Further, now is the time to offer assistance to those facing this great loss. We are grateful that Catholic Charities and other organizations are in place working to provide for emergency needs and to help rebuild.”

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCNM) is on the ground helping those affected by the storms and flooding in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Their primary assistance in these early stages is with information and referrals. Long-term aid will be available once damage assessments are made.

“We can’t stress enough how much your donations are needed in this time. The recovery needs for the working poor with no insurance will far exceed what we receive in disaster grants. If you feel called to donate, please go to or right here on Facebook,” CCNM said on Facebook.

Let us pray for those who have been affected by these disasters and for those offering assistance.

Via USCCB and CCUSA – May 24, 2019