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(1-7-05) — University President William P. Leahy, SJ, has issued this letter to the Boston College community:

Dear Members of the Boston College Community:

As we know, the tsunami that hit nations in Southeast Asia shortly after Christmas killed more than 150,000 people and caused massive destruction.

Like others around the world, individuals at Boston College want to do what they can through prayer and financial assistance to help those affected by this tragedy.

Planning has begun for a University Prayer Service for the victims and survivors that will take place toward the end of January. In addition, collections at Campus Ministry Masses during the first two weeks of the semester will be offered toward the relief effort. All gifts received will be directed to either Catholic Relief Services or Jesuit Refugee Services, two groups that have a longstanding presence in the region. (Contact information is provided below).

At this time, we are not aware of any BC students or alumni who have been harmed by this tragedy. We will, however, continue to gather information through our Alumni Association and Office of International Programs.

I encourage all members of the BC community to pray for the victims and their families. May our prayers and generosity bring hope to those who have lost so much as a result of this disaster.

William P. Leahy, SJ

Catholic Relief Services
209 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-3443

Jesuit Refugee Services/USA
1616 P Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036


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