New Lazarus director hits ground running
Compassion, honesty, education, experience with HIV/AIDS clients and a strong Catholic faith are what Maru Helmcke brings to Project Lazarus as its new executive director.
“The most important thing is that when people come to Project Lazarus, they know they can grow, get healthier and have someone to hold their hand – have a community of support,” Helmcke said.
In gratitude: Let us thank our immigrant rebuilders
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina Aug. 28, Jesuit Father Fred Kammer, executive director of the Jesuit Social Research Institute, urged Catholics to thank the immigrant workers – many of them undocumented – who did the dirty work of rebuilding New Orleans after the storm.
We saw, as God did, a community worth restoring
At Mount Carmel Academy’s Aug. 28 Mass marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, homilist Father Patrick Williams, the high school’s former chaplain, said the answer to the frequently asked question “Why would you rebuild New Orleans?” is simple.
Tulane University builds Center for Catholic life
Students, alumni and friends gathered Aug. 21 for the blessing of the new Tulane Catholic student center, the “Father Val A. McInnes, O.P., Center for Catholic Life” named after the Dominican priest who was considered an icon on campus since his arrival in 1966.
Katrina documentary airs Aug. 29 on PBS
Former New Orleans resi- dent and award-winning director/producer Ren- nik Soholt will air part of his documentary, “Forced Change,” on Aug. 29 on the PBS NewsHour Weekend. (Check local listing.)
The documentary fol- lows five New Orleanians from 2005 to today “and documents how their lives were impacted by the hur- ricane. They left the city they loved, and, for differ- ing reasons, have never re- turned. ... ‘Forced Change’ is a story of frailty, strength and what it means to be human.”
Retired Deacon Herman Williams praying for kidney transplant
When Herman Williams was ordained a permanent deacon in 1993, the director of the permanent diaconate office, Deacon Jim Swiler, advised him and 18 deacon classmates to fill out their funeral arrangements so that the Archdiocese of New Orleans could keep the information on file.
Deacon Williams, now 68, didn’t follow up right away, but after facing serious health issues the last several years, his file is up to date.