Meeting needs in St Vincent after La Soufrière erupts
11th May 2021
25th May update:
Bishop Leopold (Bishop of the Windward islands) has told us that La Soufriere, the volcano on the north end of the island, of St Vincent has been much less active of late, but massive amounts of volcanic ash cover the island, particularly in the north. Recent heavy rains combined with accumulated ash have created flooding and mud slides. Some people have been able to move from the shelters (many in church halls) back to their homes.
Bishop Leopold and the clergy of St Vincent, would also like to form links a series of links with clergy in our diocese, for prayer and other support. Initially this would be until Christmas 2021, but it may develop beyond that. If you are interested in finding out what this might involve, please get in touch with Fr Tim Vickers on email@example.com”
The Diocese of St Albans has called for generous support for the longer-term needs of the churches and people of St Vincent following the severe eruption of the La Soufrière volcano in April.
Speaking shortly after the eruption, The Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, said:
“We have a diocesan link with St Vincent for many years, and there is a significant Vincentian population living within the diocese. The Bishop of the Windward Islands, Leopold Friday, has asked first for our prayers and has accepted my offer of practical help.
Please join me in praying for the 20,000 evacuees, especially the elderly and vulnerable, for the church and emergency workers and for the island’s needs.”
There are prayers available here.
Parishes in the diocese are being asked to consider an additional collection to support the Diocese of the Windward Islands.
Congregational and individual donations can be passed to (Account name: The St Albans Diocesan Board of Finance, Sort code 20-05-03, Account no: 20776041, Reference: 4100102 St Vincent) and will added to an initial donation from the Diocese.