Safe under Our Lady's protection, in Our Lord's sacramental Presence, the Sisters continue to pray for the protection of the people of our diocese and the preservation of our city and to live our lives of consecration.
As the fire started, the Sisters began a day of adoration, beseeching our dear Lord in the Sacrament of His Love to spare our people and our city. The hours of adoration were punctuated by a procession praying the Litany of the Saints.
Father Epperson generously opened the Becker Center at the Cathedral to evacuees from the first wave of evacuations. Along with other dedicated parishioners, the Sisters did everything that they could to make the displaced persons staying in the gym as comfortable as possible. We thank God for all the generous parishioners and donors who made it possible to feed, clothe, and shelter the evacuees. After two days, prudence dictated that our direct service to these dear people come to an end when the Becker Center was closed and the "residents" transferred to a location further from the flames.
The Sisters lay out donated clothing
Our life flows on as well - the Sisters go about their normal duties protected from the smoke by protective masks. The Chancery, though spared from the flames, is inaccessible and without power, so the Sisters who ordinarily serve in the Diocesan offices have been assigned to serve God and His people wherever they can be of most assistance.
We may look frightening in our masks, but all are well