Statement from Bishop Mayer on Harvey:

Like all of you, I have been riveted by the news coming out of Rockport, Houston, and the other areas hit by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. As the full extent of the damage becomes known, it is clear that help will be needed for a very long time along the Texas Coast. While the immediate need is rescue of those in peril, assessment of long term needs is already beginning.

I know Episcopalians in the diocese of Northwest Texas are eager to help. As always Episcopal Relief and Development is on the ground helping with both immediate and long term needs. The dioceses of Texas and West Texas will be constantly updating their websites as needs unfold.

May God hold close all who have died, all the people suffering from this storm, and all the people working to help them. "Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen."



Hurricane Harvey Relief 


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Many of us have family and friends displaced and experiencing damage from the wind and continuing flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Our sister diocese, Fort Worth, is currently working to help relocate individuals displayed by this storm.  Below are some sources of information and ways to begin helping which they shared with us. Please donate and volunteer as you are able, but before you do so, please read the information below.   Also, in the days and weeks ahead, please let us in the Bishop's office know of outreach efforts you and your congregations are undertaking to help those in the wake of this storm.  

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Hurricane Harvey: Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.
Here is a link to the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's powerful message about assisting our brothers and sisters who are being affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Before you donate, read this
The Rev. Sharon Alexander, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, and her congregation have learned a lot about helping after hurricanes and flooding. She compiled of list of things to consider before you begin cleaning out your closet and opening your wallet to donate. Helping After Harvey.

Episcopal Relief & Development
Episcopal Relief & Development has four core areas of assistance, serving people around the world; one of those four areas is responding to disasters. Here are ways to help:
Neighboring Dioceses
Our neighbors in the dioceses of Texas and West Texas have been severely affected by Harvey, which is a more devastating storm than most people anticipated. As the rains continue, the links below provide more information and opportunities to assist those near us.

Diocese of Texas

Diocese of West Texas