Welcome from Mary Beth Welsh
EMLI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
From the first news about the Covid-19 global pandemic, EMLI received unexpected donations, one from a bishop and others from church members, with notes saying they wanted to help those who are helping others suddenly in need -- sheltering in place or surviving in place with no shelter. Also, parishes began asking EMLI to help them respond to the growing crisis.
An emergency EMLI FRONTLINE FUND was created, both to request donations and in turn to assist parish Covid-19 ministries. As many as possible. As quickly as possible.
Here, we are sharing profile stories from leaders and volunteers receiving FRONTLINE support, as well as sharing stories about other churches and volunteers across the diocese, all facing their own health risks but courageously serving in Frontline Ministries. Christ is on the Frontline.
We are pleased to share these Profiles with you from the FRONTLINE.
May 22, 2020
Dear Clergy and Members
of the Diocese of Long Island,
This morning, the day after our commemoration of the Ascension of our Lord, I was brought to tears by a New York Times front page 12-minute online news video about the demanding and extraordinary coronavirus work by the medical and support team at our St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway.
We all have “read” about the devastating pandemic. The video powerfully shows us the cost to the victims of the disease and the cost to our hospital personnel.
Please find time to watch: "Lord Have Mercy" - "Inside One of New York's Deadliest Zip Codes," on the New York Times website:
As I sat and watched this report, I prayed “Lord have mercy” over and over again as tears ran down my face in gratitude for the selfless care of our doctors, nurses and staff, and in sorrow for the pain and anguish this virus inflicts on victims and their families.
I could not be prouder of our people at St John’s Episcopal Hospital. Regardless of their faith backgrounds, I see the gospel being lived out one patient at a time, one family at a time - over and over again. This is for real. “Lord Have Mercy” Amen.
Bishop Larry Provenzano
Bishop of Long Island
and Chair of the Board of St John’s Episcopal Hospital
Far Rockaway, Queens, NY
Profiles from parish COVID-19 FRONTLINE ministries.
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Canon Fred Vergara
Canon Glen Miles
Fr. Duncan Burns
Fr. John Merz
Fr. Roger Joslin
Mthr. Abby Murphy
Mthr. Ajung Sojwal
Norrh Bklyn Angels
NY Times Video
St. John's Hospital