Shortly after the earthquake, the Provincials of the two Provinces of Mexico, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, of Mexico-Guadalajara (MEM), and Fr Gabino Hernández Paleta, of Mexico-Mexico, sent a statement regarding the status of Salesians and the Salesian centers throughout Mexico, affirming there was no harm to people and that damage to property would be quantified at a later date.
Fr Ignacio Ocampo Uribe, Vicar of MEM, has issued a statement saying: “Since the earthquake, we have had communications with all of our communities, and thank God, all our brothers, collaborators and recipients of our good works are fine. We know that some of our centers have been affected. The Provincial (who is in Turin, Italy) asked me to invite you for prayer, for calm and due analysis to verify the damage of the centers and to not expose anyone to danger.”
In light of such an event, an appeal to prayer was made. “Pray especially for these people and for those who work intensively in emergency services,” he said, “that they know how to be testimony of serenity, comfort and hope. We continue to thank the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe for her maternal protection and to ask for her intercession for the victims.”
In the forthcoming hours, the Salesian centers shall be busy providing not only material support but, above all, spiritual and human support to the many people who have lost peace and serenity.