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Diocese of Camden NJ Contributes $100,000 to Order to Help Fight Ebola Virus in West Africa

Bishop Dennis Sullivan presented more than $100,000 on Oct. 9 for the work of the Hospitaller Brothers in West Africa in treating Ebola patients. The gift was a result of a special second collection taken up in the 68 parishes in the diocese.

The Hospitaller Brothers work with special needs children at St. John of God Community Services in Westville Grove and minister to the poor, sick, homeless and dying in more than 50 countries. In Liberia and Sierra Leone, two of the countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak, the brothers operate Catholic hospitals that have been closed due to extensive contamination. The donation will help the order continue to minister to the sick in these poor areas and re-open the hospitals.

“The brothers are loved by our people here for their ministry of 50 years in the Diocese,” Bishop Sullivan said. “This is from the charity of our people.”

“This really means a lot, not just the money, which is very important to buy necessary resources, but for the people to know that there are people so far away thinking of them, praying for them, making sacrifices to help them,” said Brother Donatus Forkan, O.H.,provincial of the Brothers in New Jersey.

The Catholic hospital in Sierra Leone has lost one brother to the disease and eight co-workers. Three sisters of the Immaculate Conception working with the brothers in Liberia contracted the disease and one has died.

In August, Bishop Sullivan celebrated a Mass with the brothers to commemorate those who have died in West Africa. The names of the brothers, sisters and associates working at the hospitals were read and a candle lit in remembrance of each.

The Office of the Bishop expects to make further donations to the Hospitaller Brothers when the last parishes in the diocese take up their second collections.

Individuals may also donate to assist the brothers’ efforts in West Africa.

Please make checks payable to the Diocese of Camden and write “Fight Ebola” on the memo line. Checks should be sent to Diocese of Camden, Bishop’s Office, 631 Market Street, Camden, NJ 08102.

 

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