Dioceses Emerge From Hurricane Ida’s Wrath as Others Prepare to Help

Catholic Charities in and around the areas of Louisiana and Mississippi affected by Hurricane Ida — one of the most powerful storms to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — are collecting donations as they prepare to help with the yet-unknown damage caused by the late August storm.

Catholic Church in New Orleans Is Emergency Shelter During Hurricane Ida

After the winds from Hurricane Ida peeled off the roof of the seven-story apartment building in Metairie, Louisiana, Aug. 29, St. Francis Xavier Church — across the street from the apartment building — was transformed into an emergency shelter for 34 residents, even though the parish had also lost electrical power.

New Orleans Archdiocese Assesses Damage From Hurricane Ida

With most of South Louisiana cut off from electrical power due to the 150-mph winds of Hurricane Ida, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Aug. 30 that all schools, along with its main administrative offices, would remain closed until at least Labor Day, Sept. 6.

Three Generations of Catholic Women Marry in Same Church with Same Dress

All three wore the dress as they walked down the aisle of the same church — St. Agnes Church in Jefferson. Hillman’s great grandparents had moved into this Catholic parish in the 1940s, sent their children to school there and never left. Her grandmother was 19 when she got married. Her mom was 24, and Hillman was 28 on her wedding day this April.

Weathering the Storm Together

Lily Hannigan, a Catholic from Flushing, and Troy Hobson faced a tempest right at the start. They got married on July 12 in New Orleans, while Category 1 Hurricane Barry was raging outside. 

VCBB Mission Trip Makes an Impact

By Nicole Noel The youth from the Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns (VBCC) Youth Leadership Ambassador Program were given the opportunity to travel to New Orleans, La., April 6- 9 on a mission trip with Father Dwayne Davis, parochial vicar from St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Flatlands. Every year the group participates in a community service […]