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                                                   Jan. 7, 2005


CUA Establishes Tsunami Relief Fund


Today Catholic University’s president announced the establishment of CUAids: Tsunami Relief Fund, an initiative to collect funds from the university community to aid the victims of the catastrophe in south Asia and east Africa. Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., indicated that all contributions will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services and that he will endeavor to secure matching funds to supplement those collected from faculty, staff and students.


The full text of Father O’Connell’s message, distributed to the university community today, follows.





TO:                  All members of the University Community

FROM:             Father O’Connell, C.M., President

RE:                               CUAids Tsunami Relief


Because service to others is a hallmark of our mission, The Catholic University of America has always responded to those who are most in need in society. The tragic circumstances of the earthquake and tsunami in south Asia and east Africa have affected countless numbers of women, men and children in those devastated areas. Because we are their sisters and brothers in the human family, the tragedy affects us as well. Mindful of the Gospel injunction that, “whatever you do to the least of my sisters and brothers, you do to me” (Matthew 25: 40), I am inviting all the members of the university community to show your solidarity with the people of south Asia and east Africa by being generous with your prayers and personal support.


“CUAids: Tsunami Relief Fund” has been established to provide the campus community with a place to make contributions, no matter how large or small, to aid the victims of this truly global tragedy.  CUA will forward all funds collected from the university community to Catholic Relief Services. I will work to provide matching funds to add to those collected from members of the CUA community. Should you care to do so, you can forward your contributions to:


CUAids: Tsunami Relief Fund

c/o The Office of the President

The Catholic University of America


Beginning Monday, Jan. 10, you can also bring your contributions to the lobby of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center (9 a.m.-7 p.m. M-F) and the Office of the University Center, Student Programs and Events (Pryzbyla 204).


Should you care to make your donations directly, I would recommend:


Catholic Relief Services
209 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Oxfam America
Asian Earthquake Fund
P.O. Box 1211
Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211


Red Cross (American Red Cross)
International Response Fund
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013


Other relief agencies can be identified on the Web site: 




“Whatever you do to the least of my sisters and brothers …” Thank you for your help and may God bless you in the New Year!




Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M.








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