Members of the La Salle Sisters community in Houston await        the arrival of a rescue boat. (Photo Br. Fortunat Phong)

Note: This announcement from Christian Brothers Conference has been published to help raise awareness throughout RELAN of the urgent needs of a La Salle Sisters ministry with ties to the District of San Francisco New Orleans.

Help is requested for the La Salle Sisters in Texas after Hurricane Harvey extensively damaged their ministry, the De La Salle Educational Center. The hurricane flooded the chapel, educational center and convent, and firefighters rescued the Sisters by boat.

The De La Salle Educational Center was initially an expansion of a District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) ministry in San Jose, California. The Sisters, who belong to the La Salle Vietnam Sisters, have remained close with the Brothers’ community in San Jose, which includes several SFNO Brothers from Vietnam. The four Sisters operate several ministries that take place in their convent, educational center, and at a local parish, including child care, tutoring, a Vietnamese language program, catechism, scouts and youth ministry.

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            The flooded chapel. (Photo Br. Fortunat Phong)

Volunteers are helping the Sisters clear the property, and a former Brother has opened his home to the Sisters. As many Lasallians are organizing collections to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you are invited to consider supporting the La Salle Sisters. You can donate online here or send donations to: La Salle Sisters, 13115 Dogwood Blossom Trail, Houston, TX 77065.

See the Christian Brothers Conference post and more photos.