The UAC in Poland collected money for victims of the recent earthquakes in San Giorgio di Cascia (Umbria), Italy which was presented to Pallottine familes there by Fr. Joseph Łasak, SAC, Vice General of the Society.
An account by Fr. Joseph Łasak SAC of the expedition:
On Tuesday morning, along with Fr. Adam Golec, as emissaries of the Pallottine Family in Poland, we set out on a mission to San Giorgio di Cascia (Umbria), which has experienced the recent earthquakes. We took the gifts of our compatriots and prayers of all members of the Union. Along the way we saw the tragic consequences of this disaster. Many people are now staying in makeshift homes. It is worth noting that in this mountainous region, last night was -9 ° C! We experienced great kindness from firefighters who pointed in the right directio. Many roads have been destroyed and we had to look for detours to reach the city after the devastation of the earthquake.
A very pleasant surprise was the meeting with the Pallottine community, of which many had gathered to greet us. They waited with dinner for over an hour! During the meeting, we presented the gifts from Poland, with some additions from the General Administration and some Polish gingerbread I received from Polish friends at the Christmas meeting. We tasted them.
Pallotti family was touched by the initiative to help, and expressed that it is important too for spiritual and prayerful support. Fortunately, in San Giorgio di Cascia you can not see great damage, but the church suffered: still closed, Mass is celebrated in a tent. There is much damage in the area, and especially in Norcia, where the Pallottine family members live.
In the evening we returned to Rome. We entrusted all matters to St. Vincent Pallotti, thanking each of you: donors, and all members of the Union in Poland. Any such initiative builds community and is a beautiful form of apostolate.
From Rome to the UAC in Poland - Fr. Joseph Łasak SAC
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