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Updated Nov. 6, 2022 – Hurricane Lisa caused significant damage along the coast of the Central American country of Belize on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, including to two of this province’s works in Belize City. Both St. Martin de Porres Parish and St. John’s College were hit hard, suffering  both wind and water damage.

Mirtha Alicia Peralta, president of St. John’s college, reported that four buildings at St. John’s College lost their roofs, resulting in major water damage to the interiors and destroying computer equipment and furniture. The campus lighting infrastructure and the security hut were completely destroyed, and the landscaping and outdoor furniture were also seriously impacted. There was flooding and electrical damage across the campus.

At the parish, the interior of Swift Hall, a multipurpose building, suffered major damage to the floor, windows and doors. Two large trees were felled, which tore up a sidewalk.

The province is accepting contributions to help recover from this storm. You can donate below or send a check to the Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province at 4511 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

View photos of the damage.

St. John’s College serves 2,000 students, divided between 700 boys at the high school and 1,200 students at the junior college,  and has >many of whom were also severely impacted by the passage of Hurricane Lisa.

We give thanks to God that no lives were lost and for being part of a generous Ignatian Family.