The Knights of Columbus is providing $1.4 million to help repair and rebuild churches that were either destroyed or badly damaged in the late summer hurricanes that assaulted Texas, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Getting parish facilities up and running again does not just meet a practical need,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “The people in the affected areas see the revival of their churches as a spiritual joy and as an important signal of recovery for the larger communities that surround these churches.”
Knights of Columbus Charities raised $3.8 million for disaster relief in the months following the hurricanes. In the immediate aftermath, more than $720,000 was used to pay for food, water and other critical supplies. At the same time, many local Knights helped rescue neighbors stranded by rising waters and reached out to their communities in a variety of other ways.
Church repair and renovation has been a key component of Knights’ relief efforts in the past. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the New Orleans area in 2005, the K of C contributed $6.7 million to various dioceses to help rebuild the Catholic infrastructure in the area, aiding in the repair of schools, churches and other buildings.
The Knights of Columbus has also earmarked a significant amount of money for upcoming church repair efforts in Puerto Rico. This donation will be in addition to the $100,000 donation presented by the Order to the Archdiocese of San Juan in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which provided generators, food, water and other necessities to aid relief efforts.