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Bishop Gabriel Malzaire was interviewed by Dominica Catholic Radio on the Vatican summit.


Bishop Gabriel Malzaire of Roseau is encouraging all Dominican citizens to make prayer a critical part of their disaster plan for the hurricane season which officially began June 1 and ends November 30.

The Bishop’s message coincided with the June 2–8 Hurricane Preparedness Week which was designated by Dominica’s Office of Disaster Management (ODM).

According to Dominica News Online, Bishop Malzaire said persons may never get accustomed to the hurricane season despite having to face it every year.

“Despite the fact that we face the reality of this hurricane season every year, we never get accustomed to it. This is frighteningly so as we live with fresh memories of the devastation of Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria. They serve as reminders that we can never be over prepared,” Bishop Malzaire said.

He added that he joins the ODM in encouraging all to make a plan which includes evacuation options, a family communication plan and stocking up on essential supplies such as food, drinking water and medical supplies.

But above all, Bishop Malzaire continued, it is imperative that citizens maintain a constant disposition of prayer. He further encouraged all citizens to include in their individual or collective time of worship, prayer to avert any form of disaster.

“The God we serve is ever so close to His people…May the God who is the source of all life, see us through this hurricane season,” he said.