Pray for the people and their bishop, Vann Johnston, he is the nephew of Saint Francis Xavier parishioners, Ed and Norma Huber. Bishop Johnston was the celebrant at Ed's Funeral Mass last October at Saint Francis Xavier, Mount Washington.Whispers in the Loggia Blog:
In the wake of the worst tornado to hit these shores in nearly six decades, the shot above shows what's left of St Mary's church in Joplin, Missouri, where an F4 funnel -- three-quarters of a mile wide at its peak, with top speeds just shy of 200mph (300kph) -- killed at least 116 late Sunday, leveling some 2,000 buildings in its wake.
The parish school was similarly gutted, and the city's St John's Hospital was said to have taken major damage.
|Bishop Vann Johnston, Jr.|
As rain and hailstorms continue to pummel the area, hampering the timeframe of recovery efforts, the local diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has posted information on supporting its relief efforts.
Bishop Vann Johnston is slated to get his first look at the devastation later today... and for the rest of us, whether we're near or far from the scene, just another chance to do what our kind do best.