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Typhoon Haiyan

Members of the global Edmund Rice Network will be aware that the Christian Brothers have a presence in the Philippines, which has been struck by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan earlier in November. While joining in the world’s grief over the estimated 10,000 people that have been killed by this worst storm on record and the thousands of others who have been left homeless, it is a relief to know that the two Brothers communities – made up of Brothers from our Indian and Oceania Provinces – have both sent reassurances that they are safe.

Maasin, Leyte IslandMap_Philippines
One community is situated in Maasin in the south of Leyte Island, about 130 km south of the provincial capital city of Tacloban. It is good to learn that the Brothers are safe and that not much damage had been done to their house. But in their vicinity a great deal of damage has been done and they will have to adjust somewhat their way of living.

Kabankalan, Negros

The other Christian Brother community is Kabankalan, on a central island of the Philippines, further to the west. They had heavy rains for extended periods which caused minor flooding. The worst they suffered was the inconvenience of power outages.

We pray for all those directly affected by the storm, and join in reflecting on how we are all affected by the misfortune of this particular part of the human community.


Just about every male on my mother's side of the family went to De La Salle, a school in Manila run by the Christian Brothers.
That is interesting. I had two uncles and a cousin with the De la Salle Brothers. I myself, however, am with the Irish Christian Brothers who were founded by Blessed Edmund Rice from Waterford, Ireland. My father thought I was with the De la Salle Brothers for a few years!!