Thursday, March 18, 2010

Carmelites in Chile appeal for economic aid for rebuilding after earthquake damages

Chile (2010-03-03).- In an open letter to the whole Order last Tuesday, the Carmelite Friars of Chile’s Vicariate and the Sisters of “Teresa of the Andes” Federation appealed to the entire Order for financial assistance, as they attempt to remedy the wholesale damage caused by the earthquake of 27 February to their monasteries and churches.

In his letter, the Regional Vicar of Chile, Fr. Julio González Carretti reports that 80% damages have been caused to Carmelite buildings in Chillán, Viña del Mar, Independencia, Melon and to the Sanctuary of St. Teresa of the Andes. The quake measured 8,8 on the Richter scale and was followed by more than 50 after-shocks. It claimed the lives of more than 700 persons, although this number can vary.

Although, D.G., there have been no Carmelite victims, material damage has been horrific. Fr. Julio writes: “Carmel is Chile is practically razed to the ground”, given the damages to churches and most of the houses with “collapsed walls, fallen roofs and unusable basic installations”.

The Vicariate has opened 2 Bank Accounts to which economic aid may be forwarded:-

- Banco Santander, Cuenta Corriente 62-84212-1 (Padres Carmelitas Descalzos), Rut: 71.923.100-4

- Banco de Créditos e Inversiones, Cuenta Corriente, No 12937878 (Padres Carmelitas Descalzos), Rut: 81.795.103-1

** Note: "Cuenta Corriente" stands for checking account. "Rut" is the router number. Please be as generous as you possibly can. 

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