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•    30 friars lived and ministered in New Orleans
•    Friars preached the Good News in two parishes, through two campus ministry centers and in various outreach ministries
•    The Provincial Office in New Orleans coordinated Dominican life and mission among the friars
•    St. Dominic Parish facilities, home for 10 friars, and a strong base for a thriving Catholic community of 2500 families with a vibrant Chapter of Lay Dominicans was served by 4 friars on staff; parish weekly income of $18,000



•    All thirty New Orleans brothers, six employees and their families accounted for and physically safe but 25 friars left homeless after Katrina
•    Friars displaced to other cities, other states; they lost all of their clothing and personal items
•    Two OP churches, two priories and the provincial office building suffered major damage from flooding and looting
•    Wind and water destroyed most vehicles used for ministry
•    Campus ministries at Tulane University and Xavier University are indefinitely suspended
•    All 1st floor facilities at St. Dominic Parish have to be gutted and restored; every pew in the church has to be replaced; school furnishings and instructional supplies have to be replaced
•    The St. Dominic parish community now numbers 1200 families, has only 2 friars on staff, parish income of $9,000, had to cut 1 staff member and 1 maintenance man

St. Anthony of Padua Church also sustained a major loss of congregational membership, structural damage, loss of most of the interior furnishings


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