New Jersey Deanery Flood Appeal
April 20, 2007
JOHNSTOWN, PA - His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas has issued
the following statement regarding the Catastrophic Flood Affecting the
New Jersey Deanery:
April 20, 2007
TO: Diocesan Parishes
RE: Flooding in the New Jersey Deanery
Christ is Risen!
Dear Fathers and Faithful:
As you may know, storms battered the East Coast over the weekend of
April 14-15. As a result, two of our parish properties in the New
Jersey Deanery suffered flood damage. Protopresbyter Michael S. Rosco,
Dean, has been working with pastors of both parishes, and has submitted
this first-hand report.
John the Baptist Church in Rahway, there was no flood damage to the
church. However, nearly four feet of water accumulated in the rectory
basement, and loss was limited to contents. There was no structural
damage. There is insurance.
Holy Ghost Church in Manville, there was no flood damage to the rectory
or to the church proper. However, the entire church basement was
flooded with some seven feet of water. Basement damage includes
kitchen, rest rooms, heating and air conditioning systems, computer,
tables, chairs and other miscellaneous hall contents. There is
insurance; however, it is estimated that the insurance will not fully
cover the extensive damage. This is the second time in six years that
the parish has sustained significant flood damage.
We are appealing to our parishes to aid our brothers and sisters during
this time of their loss. It is hoped that your parish will be able to
make a contribution for parish flood relief through whatever means you
deem most appropriate to your parish. You may send your parish gift to
the Chancery, made payable to the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox
Diocese. Kindly do this by May 23. Distribution of flood relief will be
made by the Diocese at the end of May.
Thanking you for your charity, and with prayerful regards and blessing during this Resurrection Season, I remain
Most sincerely yours in Christ Risen,
+ METROPOLITAN NICHOLAS