JANUARY 3, 2018: Two Catholic parishes have been at the forefront of New York City’s charitable response to the fire which killed 12 people in the Bronx on December 28. Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Martin of Tours parishes helped organize a food/clothing drive for victims of the fire. While originally slated to last three days, the drive was called off after only one due to the tremendous outpouring of support. On January 2nd, Father Jonathan Morris, pastor of Mount Carmel, led an interfaith service in conjunction with neighborhood denominational leaders. At St. Martin of Tours, Father Cosme Fernandes paid special tribute to a former parishioner and Army National Guard soldier who died helping others escape the fire.
Additionally, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan visited the scene of the fire on December 31st and ate lunch with the firemen who responded to the blaze. He went on to praise the first responders for their “solidarity, support and charity.”
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