Catholic Vancouver March 1, 2018

Archdiocese responded to typhoon devastation

By B.C. Catholic Staff

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Archbishop Miller, centre, during a Canadian delegation’s visit to the Philippines in 2014 after Typhoon Haiyan.  (Development and Peace photo)

Lower Mainland Catholics raised more than $1.1 million for relief efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people and displaced millions in 2013.

The collection was in response to a joint appeal from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The Archdiocese of Vancouver was the second-largest contributor to the collection, which helped raise more than $13 million to support those affected by the severe tropical storm.

Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, joined a Canadian delegation travelling to central Philippines in August 2014 to see how funds were being used. 

The delegation inspected some of the reconstruction projects put in place by Development and Peace and its local partners to help communities recover from the devastation of the storm.