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Prayers for the people of Maui

The following is an update from the Marianist Province of the United States.

You may have read about the wildfires on the island of Maui. Our Marianist-sponsored school, St. Anthony’s, and the parish are on the island. Several of our brothers also have family on the island. Bro. Jesse O’Neill, SM, Assistant of Education, Marianist Province, checked in with David Kenney, principal at Saint Anthony’s, concerning the wildfires on Maui. Thank you also to Fr. Marty Solma, SM, Chaplain, Chaminade University of Honolulu, for sending the information sent out by the diocese.

As of late yesterday, the school and the parish are safe. At least one faculty member who lives in Lahaina lost her house. The school closed and is assessing the situation with its staff and families. Mr. Kenney reported that the area of Wailuku, where the school and parish are located, and Kihei have thankfully not had any fires yet.

He shared with Jesse that information on the island has been very slow to come out, but it looks like the Lahaina area has been destroyed, and many fires are still burning upcountry.

Please keep the people of St. Anthony’s and the island of Maui in your prayers.

Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva led a rosary on Zoom and asked the people to pray with him. Lay Marianists met in the Damien Chapel to pray with the Bishop.

Thank you, Bro. Paco Gomes, SM,

(Cupertino Marianist Community, Cupertino, California),

for the following update as he has received it

from his family and friends in Maui.

Jim Orsini, the former principal of St. Anthony School, and some St. Anthony School families who live in Kihei, where flames reached.

Martha Haleakala, a Lay Marianist, lost her restaurant KOBE to flames in Lahaina.

Sacred Heart School, which is destroyed.

Maria Lanakila Church, which is damaged.

Upcountry flames came close to the family property of Bro. Paco Gomes, SM, where some fires are not yet contained.

Please join us in prayer for all those affected by the devasting wildfires on Maui.

Fr. Roland Bunda, SM (Kalaepohaku Marianist Community, Honolulu, Hawaii), who served on the island and is deeply rooted in the community,

offers this prayer.

Based on a Message from the Provincial Council dated August 10, 2023, and updates from the Marianist Office of Religious Life dated August 12, 2023.

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