A statue of the Virgin Mary is seen inside of a severely damaged church on Sept. 14, 2005 in Biloxi, Miss., in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It was 10 years ago that the super storm struck the Gulf Coast. Top to bottom, a priest's vestments lay in the ruins at Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and school in Biloxi on Sept. 20, 2005. St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Long Beach, before and in 2011 when it was dedicated by Bishop Roger Morin; the ground on which stood St. Peter the Apostle Church in Pascagoula, wiped clean by Katrina, and the rebuilt church today.
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Editor’s Note: It was 10 years ago that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the southeastern United States and inflicted such loss of life and possessions that it became known as the worst natural disaster in the history of our country. What follows are excerpts from the personal recollections of Bishop Roger Morin of Biloxi, Miss., who, at the time of Katrina was an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile, Ala., who was then the bishop of Biloxi. Edited for style, they are reprinted with permission from the Gulf Pine Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Biloxi.
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