Bishop Morin’s chalice and New Orleans: Better than ever
The irony is not lost on Biloxi Bishop Roger Morin.
With 80 percent of New Orleans submerged in the days following Hurricane Katrina, the then-auxiliary bishop of New Orleans was informed during a disaster recovery meeting in Baton Rouge that his residence on South Carrollton Avenue across from Notre Dame Seminary was burning to the ground.
OLL, Slidell, parishioners rebuilt from scratch
Because he was not yet pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in
Slidell when Hurricane Katrina inundated 90 percent of his parish community, Msgr. Frank Lipps asked two longtime parishioners to share their reflections on the event and its aftermath. Msgr. Lipps became Our Lady of Lourdes' pastor in April 2006, succeeding Father Adrian Hall, who is now retired.
From growing pains, St. Raymond-St. Leo blossoms
It was not exactly a spiritual battlefield, but it was close.
When the Archdiocese of New Orleans consolidated or closed about two dozen parishes in a three-year span after Katrina, those who ex- perienced the loss of their familiar church went through a grieving process similar to what they experienced when Katrina gobbled up their homes.
What’s Hawaiian for ‘How’s ya mom and them?’
"How's ya mom and them?"
This wonderful, warm and welcoming New Orleans greeting took on special meaning in the months and years following Katrina and Rita. Shared between family and friends, it became the opening line inviting the sharing of our stories of survival, displacement, rebuilding and healing.
Red Cross first responder recalls joy amid chaos
On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As a member of the American Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Team, and living in the Washington, D.C., area, I was a first responder to the Pentagon attack site. Four years later, and living in Northwest Indiana, I was asked to be a first responder to the new attack on the United States, and in particular, on New Orleans.
Caught between Katrina and my chaplain’s duties
After more than nine years as pastor of Our Lady of the Angels in Waggaman, I received a new appointment to Prince of Peace Parish in Chalmette in early 2001. Soon after 9/11, the U.S. embarked on a war against terrorism in Afghanistan, and then, in 2003, we had another one in Iraq!