“We will waive tuition for these students”

Sacramento diocese offers spaces in Catholic schools to students who were victims of Camp Fire

The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Even as it still burns, the Camp Fire in Butte County, California, has already proven one of the most destructive fires in state history. The near-total loss of the city of Paradise has claimed most of its schools, and families have found themselves to other cities and towns across the … [Read more...]

Wildfire forces evacuation of Thomas Aquinas College

No serious damage to any structures

The fast-spreading flames of a California wildfire reached the borders of the campus of Thomas Aquinas College early this week, but they did not cause serious damage, and all students are safe. “As a precaution, all students were evacuated, first to Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, then to homes of various friends, faculty, and alumni,” the college said on its website Dec. … [Read more...]

‘Our diocese has been hit hard’

As fires devastate Northern California, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa sends updates and messages of support from his car in between visits to evacuation centers

While firefighters in northern California are currently battling 17 wildfires in five counties, Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, one of the hardest hit areas, is typing updates and messages of support from his car, in between visits to evacuation centers. “Our diocese has been hit hard, as you know well, and is in an ongoing state of uncertainty,” he said in … [Read more...]