Obviously a tornado effects everyone in the area it touches, but AmP reader Joe is asking for prayers from the Catholic community for the damage Catholic institutions in Springfield, MA sustained in yesterday’s tornado outbreak – and of course, the people.
Here’s raw video of the tornado forming over the Connecticut river and passing a television station:
Here’s what AmP reader Joe wrote me about the aftermath…
St. Michael’s Academy, a brand new catholic elementary school opened only 2 years ago:
These photos via The Republican.
Here is our bishop, Rev. Timothy McDonald, with children of the school:
Retired priests at St. Michael’s Rectory in Springfield (the Diocesan rectory) had to be evacuated after the tornado damaged the rectory:
Cathedral High is one of the 3 Catholic high schools in western MA, which was very badly damaged by the tornado today. Friday morning was supposed to be their graduation ceremony for the seniors. We are not sure what is going to go on.
We are all just shocked in Springfield MA and just when it seemed our diocese was starting to grow and incorporate new schools/buildings, this storm will have a huge impact in the future of these advances.
Please pray for the Catholics –and all residents– of Springfield, MA!