Hurricane Fund Set Up; Task of Reconstruction 'Monumental'

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The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is accepting donations to support church-backed relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the enormous storm that in August devastated New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Cheryl Curtis, PWRDF executive director, sent a message of solidarity and assurance of prayer to the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. PWRDF said it would ask Canadian Anglicans to support the relief work of Church World Service, of which the U.S. church is a member.

Frank Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church, called for donations to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), which has been helping dioceses in the areas affected by the hurricane.

In the aftermath of the catastrophe, Bishop Griswold was in contact with bishops of the affected areas and was told of the "unimaginable ravages" that it wrought.

He urged Episcopalians to donate funds to the work of ERD saying resources are needed "for the monumental task of reconstruction and rebuilding. …