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Heather Putnam’s Mission Homily

Beacon of Hope To say I was totally shocked to see the devastation in New Orleans three years after hurricane Katrina struck would be an understatement. When we arrived, we took a tour of the areas hardest hit by the hurricane from the 9th ward to the surrounding parishes. The 9th was hardest hit when…

Sheila Monks Mission Homily

I’d like to tell you a little bit about what it was like to be part of that group of 15 who lived together in the parish house of St. Andrews Church in New Orleans the first week in February. We were a pretty mixed group. Some of us knew each other pretty well, but…

John Duff’s Homily

It’s been a couple of weeks since we returned from our mission trip to New Orleans. The many images of this trip are still fresh in my mind and will be for a long time. Yes’ the Downtown area, The French Quarter, Garden District and other neighborhoods are in great shape, but there are still…

Mission Trip Sunday

“Greetings to you from the Diocese of Louisiana. As you know, for the past three and a half years, we have been called into new and uncharted territory after Hurricane Katrina turned our lives upside down. Episcopal Relief & Development gave us grants to set up the Office of Disaster Response soon after that, and…

Judy Rice Reflects on New Orleans

New Orleans was wonderful!  Such a beautiful city – I know now why the people are so proud of it and did not want to relocate after Katrina.  I was expecting sunny skies and warm(er) temperatures, but the green grass, blooming flowers, flowering trees, and palm trees were a wonderful surprise.  Everyone kept teasing me…