SAN ANGELO, Texas (CNS): The drought in West Texas was hurting crops and community water supplies, so Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer of San Angelo decided it was time to appeal to a higher authority.
On August 10 he wrote to San Angelo Mayor Rudy Izzard and 22 other mayors in the region asking them to declare Sunday, August 26 a day of prayer for rain. He also wrote to all Catholic parishes in the diocese asking them to offer special prayers that day.
‘More than ever, we need the assistance of our good God to help overcome this serious drought,’ he said.
‘The humble admission of our needs is already a prayer,’ he added.
Mayor Izzard declared the prayer day in San Angelo, asking members of all denominations to join in.
The local weather forecast on August 25 was hot and sunny with only a slight chance of rain.
But a storm front moved down from Oklahoma during the night and heavy rains hit San Angelo between 2am and 3am on August 26.