MADISON (WKOW) -- Bishop Robert Morlino is encouraging parishes and people in the eleven counties of the Madison Catholic Diocese to help with the crisis in Haiti.
Bishop Morlino has approved $25,000 to be sent to Catholic Relief Services, in advance of any fundraising efforts.
The Madison Diocese is asking all of its parishes to take up a special collection for the soul benefit of the people of Haiti in the next two weeks. 100% of the funds will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services, already on the ground and providing services to the Catholic Diocese in Haiti.
"From the press release and the press information we are getting, hundreds of priests have died, so the catholic church has suffered along with the general public so we are trying to get as much aide and to get relief there," said Monsignor James Bartylla.
Donations can be made through any local parish or directly to the Diocese of Madison.
Diocese of Madison
Attn: Haiti Disaster Relief
702 S. High Point Rd.
Madison, WI 53719