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September 18, 2023, Troy, Michigan – Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D., recently retired as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and was one of three recipients of Time, Talent, and Treasure Awards presented during the annual gala of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. More than 400 people attended the September 7, 2023, event at Petruzello’s Banquet Center in Troy.

Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan is one of a nationwide network of Catholic Charities agencies under CCUSA that serve people who are poor and vulnerable in areas such as housing, food and nutrition, domestic disaster relief, and immigration. Monsignor Chuck Kosanke, Chair of the Board of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, bestowed the Leonard R. Jagels Award on Sister Donna. The award is named for the former director of Catholic Social Services.  

“Catholic Charities has grown, the services have grown, and your support and your commitment to people who are really suffering is apparent to the entire network of Catholic charities across the United States,” Sister Donna said, accepting the award.

Read more about Sister Donna’s Award and the work of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan in this article by Gabriella Patti, published in The Detroit Catholic.

Children stand in line for bowls of rice in the aftermath of Typhoons Egay and Falcon in the Philippines.

August 10, 2023, Pampanga, Philippines – Adrian Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Remedies Mission Chapter, based in the Philippines, are making plans to address the dire needs of the people in Central Luzon, Northern Luzon, and other areas of the country in the wake of floods caused by Typhoons Egay and Falcon.

Sister May Cano, OP, who ministers in the Diocese of Kalookan in metro Manila, recounted the people’s suffering in the Philippines due to the El Niño weather pattern of drought and floods. “I learned that El Niño is characterized by drought and followed by many typhoons with heavy or strong rains,” she said. The farmers suffered from the drought until the heavy rains began on July 12, 2023. Super Typhoon Egay brought flooding to many providences, including Central Luzon and Northern Luzon. 

“After a week, farmlands were damaged by floods, and we expect a lack of supply and inflation of all the commodities,” Sister May said. “Poor people are the most affected.” The government has not responded to the needs of the people, she added.

People in low-lying areas were evacuated to higher ground and less flooding. However, many people are still in danger from the floods, said Sister Kathleen Nolan, OP, Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. While flooding happens annually in the Philippines during the rainy season, “it creates hardship and is disastrous, especially for the people who are most vulnerable, the poor people,” she said.

Sister May said the Adrian Dominican Sisters in the area plan to distribute food and serve the people affected by the natural disaster in other ways once the water subsides. As of August 3, she said, travel was still restricted because of heavy rains and flooding on the highway. 

“When the water subsides, we will go and visit those who are affected,” Sister May said. “What they need now are rice, canned goods, sugar, coffee, milk, medical care, and other basic needs. These will meet their hunger and alleviate their burdens, especially in this time of turmoil.”

Sister May also requested prayers for the people in her country affected by typhoons and flooding. Concerned people may also donate to disaster relief agencies such as Americares, which works in the Philippines.



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