This Week at St. Stephen’s–May 24, 2015


May 17We have read and watched with horror the aftermath of now several waves of earth tremors that have rocked the mountainous nation of Nepal. It is estimated that over eight thousand people have died and that many more than that have been displaced. The country will be years literally digging itself out of this natural disaster.

Whenever we are witnesses to global tragedies we often feel helpless to make a difference from so far away. We include those who suffer in our prayers, yes, but that does not feel like enough. What can we actually do?!

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is set up to facilitate a direct response to crises around the world, as well as to support development in some of the world’s most impoverished communities. It is run out of our national office in Toronto but as an independent agency.

Unlike other departments of our national office, PWRDF does not receive funding from the regular apportionments paid by dioceses across the country (which come from collection plates). Rather it relies entirely on direct freewill donations.

Until May 25 the Canadian Government will match any funds raised by PWRDF. To date, it has raised almost $168,000 in “match-able” funds. We invite you to use the fund to play your own part in the rebuilding of Nepal. You can make a donation to St. Stephen’s marked “Nepal Relief” as a memo, and we will send it along, or you can give directly through their website: