A scene in St. Martin after the passage of Irma

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a statement by Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau on the passage Hurricane Irma.

The Catholic community of the Diocese of Roseau stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Antigua & Barbuda, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and the rest of the affected Leeward Islands. We are aware that they are all extensions of Dominica, in that, many of our parents, relatives and friends live in these islands.

Our own experience of similar disasters helps us understand the effect of such great loss of property and human life and the arduous task of building back. This makes us feel that their pain is our pain and that their loss is our loss.

We extend our good wishes to the people of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba who experienced similar ravages; and the people of Florida who are still bracing for the onslaught of Irma.

We pray for a speedy recovery from the disaster, but continue to ask that God extends his protective hands over us all as we are still in the hurricane season.