Archbishop Aymond’s Advice for Easter: ‘Ask the Risen Christ to Reassure Us’
An exclusive interview with the shepherd of New Orleans, who has been in self-quarantine with the coronavirus for the last two weeks.
NEW ORLEANS — Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans has a very personal perspective on the hardships and fears that have been generated by the coronavirus pandemic: On March 23, he announced he had been diagnosed as infected and consequently had gone into self-quarantine.
Throughout his confinement, the archbishop — who is the first native son of New Orleans appointed as its Catholic shepherd — has been offering video messages for his flock, including one at the beginning of Holy Week in which he invites the faithful to journey with Christ in his passion, through the eyes of characters of Scripture.
On Holy Thursday, Archbishop Aymond, 70, spoke with Register Editor in Chief Jeanette De Melo — who is another New Orleans native — about his continuing recovery, how he is connecting with others despite his confinement, and the ways the local Church is seeking to provide spiritual and material support to those who have afflicted by the pandemic in a multitude of ways. He also offers guidance about how Catholics can best enter into Holy Week and the season of Easter, during this time of national and international trial.
The interview transcript can be found here.