Parishes in Connor Diocese are being urged to respond through the Bishops’ Appeal to the humanitarian crises ongoing in both Pakistan and Niger.
The Most Rev Alan Harper, Archbishop of Armagh, and the Most Rev Dr John Neill, Archbishop of Dublin, said they and the Bishops of the Church of Ireland were anxious that members of the Church be given an opportunity to respond to the crises. They requested that retiring or other appropriate collections take place in every church on some Sunday before the end of September.
The Archbishops stated: “Moneys given will be distributed efficiently and effectively by the Bishops’ Appeal to partner agencies working on the ground in both Pakistan, news from which has been dominating our TV screens, and Niger, where the needs although less well publicised are also vast, with some seven million people without food and with little support from the outside world.”
They went on: “Our emphasis will be on the task of post-disaster reconstruction. We ask for a sacrificial and prayerful response and we stress that this is a special appeal – the normal commitments/projects of Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal for 2010 remain as vital as ever.
“We look forward to this appeal being received with the generosity that characterises Irish people in times like these even in the midst of economic stresses at home.”
Contributions may be sent through the usual diocesan channels or directly to: Bishops’ Appeal, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6