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Loyola commemorates the second anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Loyola press release - August 28, 2007

Two years have passed since hurricanes Katrina and Rita wreaked havoc on Loyola, New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast. The unprecedented effects of both the natural and human-caused tragedies related to these storms continue to influence the daily lives of all members of the Loyola community.

University Ministry invites the entire Loyola community to make the days surrounding Wednesday, August 29, a time of reflection, conversation, awareness, and action. The following opportunities are available to individuals, colleges, departments, and organizations who wish to participate and commemorate in an atmosphere of support and encouragement.There are several opportunities to join in observance with our neighbors in the city of New Orleans. Your presence at these city-wide events, perhaps wearing Loyola colors, will be a sign of the Loyola community’s continued active involvement in bringing New Orleans back.

Unless otherwise noted, please contact University Ministry at (504) 865-3226 for more information on the following events:

  • August 27—August 29: Prayer Baskets in Residence Halls. Prayer baskets have been placed in each of the residence halls for members of the Loyola community to write a prayer request or note of thanksgiving. These intentions will be gathered over the three days and then offered at the noon and 9 p.m. Masses in Ignatius Chapel.
  • August 27—August 30: College of Law table display. To commemorate the inspiring efforts of others, perspectives learned, and blessings received, all College of Law members are invited to bring a memento which symbolizes a memory from his or her Katrina experience to place on the tables set up on the first floor of the College of Law. Please include an index card which tells the story behind your memento.
  • August 28 — September 4, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Ignatius Chapel will be open for private prayer and reflection at the Katrina display. Stories, prayers, and mementos from Loyola community members gathered last year at the first anniversary will be on view throughout the days.
  • August 28 and throughout the semester, 8:15 a.m., Monday through Friday: Morning Prayer for the Recovery of Our City, Martha and Mary Chapel (first floor of Greenville Hall on the Broadway Campus). After two years of struggle, let us continue to pray for the grace of God’s justice and peace in this recovering city and rebuilding coast. Prayer will last 20 minutes and will consist of the daily Gospel reading and special intentions.
  • August 29, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Spike Lee’s documentary, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts will play throughout the day in the Manresa Den, Bobet 107.
  • August 29, 9:38 a.m.: Memorial groundbreaking and ceremonial bell ringing, at 5056 Canal Street, Hurricane Katrina Memorial Site. Mayor and Mrs. Nagin will be joined by community, elected officials, dignitaries, city employees, and the public at 9:38 a.m. to break ground for the Katrina Memorial and to ring ceremonial bells signifying the series of levee breaches that occurred throughout the city. Bells will ring for two minutes (9:38 – 9:40 a.m.)
  • August 29: Memorial Masses. Eucharistic memorial liturgies will be offered in Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall at noon and 9 p.m. Mass will also be offered at noon on the Broadway Campus in Martha and Mary Chapel in Greenville Hall.
  • August 29: Katrina Anniversary Prayer Service, 4:50 p.m. at St. Ignatius Statue in front of the Danna Student Center. Join members of the Loyola community for a brief gathering to express our prayers of petition, thanksgiving, condolences, and hope as we continue to mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
  • August 29, 5 – 7 p.m.: Human Rights Tribunal. Pan American Building, 601 Poydras Street. People will tell their stories of survival. Contact: People’s Hurricane Relief Fund at (504) 301-0215.
  • August 29: City-wide Katrina Commemorative Interfaith Prayer Service, 6:45 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6249 Canal Blvd. Archbishop Alfred Hughes and clergy from other religious denominations, including Episcopal, Methodist, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist faiths will join together to pray for the recovery and renewal of New Orleans.
  • August 29, 7 p.m.: Candlelight Walk and Vigil at Jackson Square. Citizens, officials, and celebrities will hold a silent candlelight vigil in Jackson Square. Contact: People’s Hurricane Relief Fund at (504) 301-0215.
  • September 1 throughout the semester: Join the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP) in putting faith into action while contributing to the rebuilding of New Orleans. Several opportunities are available, including Habitat for Humanity and the St. Bernard Project. Contact LUCAP to sign-up and get details on times and locations for service opportunities: http://www.loyno.edu/lucap/ or (504) 865-2140.