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So it begins: With a cross

The bright blue skies May 5 were rivaled only by the bright smiles on the faces of parishioners of Divine Mercy Parish in Kenner who broke ground at the corner of Joe Yenni Boulevard and Sal Lentini Parkway, where a new parish church will be built.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond called it a great, historic day.

“It has been almost two decades that there has been talk about a church building in this location in Kenner,” he said. “This dream we have been talking about for a long time has become a reality.” 

Archbishop Aymond thanked those gathered for their faith and perseverance and for not giving up hope that a church would be built.

Father David Dufour, pastor, called the moment significant in the parish. The new church will physically unite the former St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Nativity of Our Lord parishes in Kenner, which were merged in the summer of 2009.