Update from the Diocese of Nashville on Catholic Schools and Churches

As many of you are aware, a pair of tornadoes struck the Nashville area this week. The tornadoes caused major destruction to homes, businesses and schools. Rebecca Hamel, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Nashville, has provided an update pertaining to Catholic schools and churches in the region: "...the 19 Catholic schools in Nashville all fared the storms well. We have accounted for all priests, school faculties and families, and diocesan staff members. Certainly many have lost a great deal, but remain steadfast in hope. Our school facilities sustained very little, if any, damage. Three of our churches, however, sustained considerable damage. One of them, the Church of the Assumption [shown left], is 162 years old and holds cherished memories for many Nashvillians, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. We join our community in praying for the souls the of 25 Middle Tennesseans who lost their lives in the storm, and those left homeless or harmed. As we rebuild, the diocese has channeled all efforts through our Catholic Charities office so as to have the strongest impact in our community. We invite those interested to watch our website for updates, and certainly if they would want to help, to do so through Catholic Charities via that same site. We remain grateful for all of the well-wishes, prayer intentions, and kindness our brothers and sisters have offered us. God has blessed us indeed!"