Through Basilians, Fisher Aids in Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

September 26, 2017

Through St. John Fisher College’s relationship with the priests of the Congregation of St. Basil, members of the campus community have the opportunity to assist Texans affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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Two educational institutions in Houston—the University of St. Thomas and St. Thomas High School—also hold the Basilian motto, “teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge.” Through that connection to the Basilian Fathers and under the guidance of Fr. Kevin Mannara, director of Campus Ministry, Fisher has developed a plan to help. .

The Office of Campus Ministry is sponsoring St. Thomas High School teacher Michael Lynch and his family, who lost their home to the flooding caused by the hurricane. More than 20 inches of water left irreplaceable damage to their house and belongings, and insurance will only cover about half of the repairs required.

“Michael and his fiancée were brought to tears when they heard the news of the College wanting to offer assistance,” said Mannara. “Any financial help is greatly needed. Every penny of the proceeds will be going towards helping restore the belongings they have lost; including their home, car, and furnishings.”

Monetary donations (cash, checks, or gift cards) for the Lynch Family can be delivered to the Office of Campus Ministry or Office of the President. In addition, there will be collection containers located at the Ward-Haffey and Murphy dining halls.

In addition, members of the Fisher community can help affected students at the University of St. Thomas through the University of St. Thomas’ Harvey Student Relief Fund, #CeltCare. The relief fund provides scholarship assistance for students who need financial help to continue their education. Donations can be made online.

Mannara said that once a full assessment of damages has been complete, the College will look to plan a service trip to the Houston area.