Diocese of Jefferson City responds to damage from May 22 tornado
Damage from the tornado which touched down in central Missouri close to midnight on May 22 is still being assessed, but initial reports indicate no loss of life or anyone missing. “We are grateful lives were spared, and for the outpouring of support from around the country,” said Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, bishop of the Diocese of Jefferson City. At this time, no Catholic parishes or schools have reported serious damage, nor was the Chancery impacted.
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is part of a local and statewide team of responders. Of greatest need currently are financial donations. Donations may be made on the Catholic Charities’ website, cccnmo.org/donate
, or on the diocesan website, diojeffcity.org
. All money will go directly to relief efforts, not only for the victims of the tornado, but also for any affected by flooding along the Missouri and its major tributaries.
“Please continue to pray with us, for those who have suffered from this natural disaster, and also for those who are coming to their assistance,” Bishop McKnight said.