The images popping up on social media were inspiring: several nuns loading supplies on to a truck in anticipation of the needs that would result after Hurricane Laura had passed through their area, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The nuns were Sister Miriam MacLean R.S.M. (Religious Sisters of Mercy), executive director of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana, located in Lake Charles, and some of her sisters from St. Hubert’s Convent. Sister Miriam and Catholic Charities began their response efforts immediately after the hurricane had passed.
But even with preparation, the need for other supplies, especially water and food, in Lake Charles was urgent. That’s when Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, and Catholic Charities USA coordinated their efforts to get supplies to Sister Miriam and Lake Charles, including six pallets of water.
The water even had a special delivery person, Bishop David L. Toups of the Diocese of Beaumont. The bishop personally delivered the water to Sister Miriam and Catholic Charities of Southwest Lousiana. He was greeted by Bishop Glen John Provost, Diocese of Lake Charles, who helped unload the water by operating a forklift.
The entire episode is a great example of people coming together to help others, and it reflects well the mission of Catholic Charities of serving everyone in need.