Hurricane Irma: Update from Florida

Most of our nation watched in horror as Hurricane Irma swept through Florida over the weekend. Today, Monday, Sept. 11, we are beginning to hear from the Jesuits in Florida. This is a very preliminary report, as we have not yet learned how the families of the two Jesuit schools in South Florida are faring.


Fr. Richard Hermes, president of Jesuit High in Tampa, reports that all who were on campus are safe. He has not yet heard how the school’s families have fared, or what kind of damage their homes have sustained. 

The danger continues today, with the storm surge a major concern for many neighborhoods. The school appears to have avoided major damage, but a full assessment remains to come. The Jesuit Community is using a generator for power. 

Today, September 11, marks Jesuit High School of Tampa’s 118th anniversary.


Fr. James Lambert, SJ, reports that the Gesù Church in downtown Miami sustained no damage to the Church building or the rectory, and the Jesuits are all safe. The Gesù is the oldest Catholic Church in South Florida. 

At this time, the news is that Belen Jesuit High School, an apostolate of the Antilles Province, has also fared well. 

We will update this story as more information is learned. In the meantime, we are grateful for your prayers and ask you to join us in prayer for all those affected by this storm, as well as Hurricane Harvey, and for the safety of those still in harm's way.

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