Skip to comments.Catholic Churches, Institutions, and Family Landmarks Destroyed by Katrina
Posted on 08/30/2005 8:55:59 PM PDT by Siobhan
Starting a thread to keep track of Catholic churches, institutions, and Catholic family landmarks that have been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Please post what you know especially in the City of New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana.
St Thomas The Apostle Parish
720 East Beach Blvd
Long Beach, MS 39560
Reported by Pass Christian Alderman living in Long Beach...
Bookmarking for later. Has anyone heard about St. Frances Cabrini school/parish in NO? My daughter's class at her Catholic school had penpals with 2nd graders there last year. It's near the lake side of town per Google Earth.
What is the condition of St. Louis Cathedral in new Orleans? I've only heard that a statue of Christ with outstreched arms escaped injury from 2 giant trees that fell in front. But that report was made before the flooding started.
Some things are too horrible to think about.
It will be days before we know anything. The pictures from the air are all we have right now. Once the water goes down, is when the full extent will be known. I've never been through a hurricane, but plenty of floods and some things you just don't forget.
Also the St. Thomas the Apostle gym where evacuees took protection and survived Camille. Wiped out, according to the newspapers.
I know that St. James in Gulfport is ok because my b-i-l is Pastor there. SirKit's sister finally heard from him this afternoon. We were SO releived to know he was fine. His parish is only about 1/2 mile off the beach, so it was a real concern. I don't know about the parishes in Biloxi. St. Michael's did make it through Camille, but this storm did MUCH more damage to that area of Biloxi than Camille did. The Cathedral must be OK because the Bishop was making the rounds checking the parishes today. He came by my b-i-l's parish to make sure he was OK.
Did anyone else see Raymond Arroyo being interviewed on CNN tonight? He was on with Aaron Brown. As far as I could tell, Aaron never mentioned that Raymond was on EWTN. He only identified him as the owner of a restaurant in New Orleans. It is a restaurant that was started by Raymond's grandfather, so I guess it has stayed in the family even since. Apparently Raymond and his wife had a daughter who was born 10 days before the storm. He came down from Birmingham to get them before it hit, and he assumes his home is gone. He was very peaceful about it, though, because he said he was Blessed that his family was safe and all together.
Evidently as Raymond, his wife and their newborn fled the area, their home was destroyed. Was that the story?
Isn't Mother Angelica's headquarters done there somewhere? I tried to find an address this morning on EWTN website, but then left for Mass and abandoned the search.
Raymond's family owns..owned... a great restaurant in N.O. called Tony Angelo's -- best Italian food I ever had. It was definitely the Italian Catholic place to be. I'm just thankful to know that he and his young family got out and safely. (It is sad for me and my memories to know that the restaurant is gone.)
Mother Angelica lives in Hanceville, Alabama and EWTN studios and the Franciscans of the Eternal Word live in Irondale, Alabama. These are both around Birmingham, Alabama.
All of those Americans.
All that loss...regardless of race,creed or color.
Those are our fellow Americans out there tonight.
Let's include each of them in our hearts and our prayers.
Doesn't surprise me that Brown wouldn't credit Raymond Arroyo for being with EWTN.
Also doesn't surprise me that Arroyo is handling this so well. He has such an angelic character about him.
Any word on St. John's or St. Theresa's in Gulport?
St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis suffered significant damage, but no Brothers, students, faculty were hurt. Water reached the second floor of the school where the international students were staying. The 30-foot wall of water washed away the first and second floors of the Brothers residence. The elderly and infirm Brothers and all of the students were evacuated by a bus chartered out of Mobile Tuesday morning to Mobile. The Brothers are at McGill and St. Catherine's Rectory in Mobile. The students are on their way to Baton Rouge where they will spend Tuesday night at Catholic High School while arrangements will be made for them to fly to their respective countries. Brother Xavier at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, August 30.
Somewhere in these posts is one wherein JFKjr blames it all on "Divine" intersession.
We sent this email because at 6601 Neshoba St., St. Martin the house and all it's belongings are totally gone... Wiped from the face of the earth... The house... Gone... The Shed... Gone... Everything Gone... Except one thing... In the middle of the yard is a $25 statue of Mother Mary still standing sted fast watching over everyone just as she always has... We thought this would be a great confidence booster for all those poor families...
Actually, we are learning a lot now from Miss. and Ala. And Churches across the USA can hold a second collection this Sunday for the Archdioceses of N.O. or Mobile or the Diocese of Biloxi. Parishes who know of a particular parish in distress can enter that parish on their prayer lists and look at ways to help them rebuild ...
She's near Irondale, Alabama, near Birmingham. Far from the brunt of the storm, I don't know if flooding was an issue there.
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