Even in the squalor of the dome, I knew we’d survive
"Katrina” comes from the Greek word that means “catharsis” or “cleansing.” Personally – and for many victims of that storm – the definition seems appropriate. Lives would change. Some changed for the better and others for the worse, but nothing would remain the same.
We must be prophetic in caring for those with least
At 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, the hurricane-tracking forecasters began predicting that Katrina was headed for New Orleans. Catholic Charities' immediate priority was to evacuate our residential programs and clients: those who were battered, abused, neglected, disabled, mentally ill and homeless.
Post-Katrina blessings: There is a balm in Gilead
After Aug. 29, 2010 - the fifth anniversary of Katrina – I convinced myself I voluntarily would not write another word about something so raw and painful.
Hurricane Katrina’s lessons were ‘elementary’
Even as Hurricane Katrina stripped New Orleans bare – down to the four elements of air, fire, earth and water – God never left our side.
And now, thanks to the passage of 10 years, I also can see how the Holy Spirit acted through people to transform those elements – once perceived as enemies – into signs of hope.
Priest’s post-Katrina odyssey was full of blessings
Like many of his brother priests, Father Dennis Hayes decided to take his chances and stay put as Katrina teased the Louisiana coast, hoping the storm’s Category 5 fury would spare his parish of St. Louise de Marillac in Arabi.
Former seminarian recalls ‘Lake Carrollton’ chaos
New Orleans attorney Brandon Briscoe was a second-year pre-theology student at Notre Dame Seminary when he shot a series of photographs of Wildlife and Fisheries workers evacuating him and about 20 others from the seminary on the afternoon of Sept. 1 – three days after the landfall of Hurricane Katrina.