Message from the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma

Posted on May 21, 2013

Thank you so much to all of you who have contacted me and offered prayers and assistance.
As you have seen, the devastation is immense. We are in the process of assessing the situation with our clergy and congregations in order to most effectively respond. We have parishioners, church employees and their families that have been impacted, Clergy are continuing to account for parishioners and relay information to us as events develop.

Rescue efforts continue and are expected to carry on for the days ahead. We have been asked not to encourage people to show up at the scene, but rather let emergency personnel do the work they need to do. We have also been asked not to collect clothing or household items. Right now, financial contributions are the best and most effective option. This will allow us to get funds to those who need temporary lodging, groceries, food, etc.
Contributions can be sent to us at:
Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma
924 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Notation on the checks should state “Tornado relief.”

We are coordinating with ERD and will continue to communicate any additional needs as the situation develops.

Thank you again for your email and prayers.
José +

The Rev. Canon José A. McLoughlin
Canon to the Ordinary & Chief-of-Staff
Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma