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||John Persson, Class of 1963
|Seton/Cabrini Property and Church
|| I would never berate or demean a Parishoner of St. Francis Cabrini church. I am sorry that some of our Holy Cross supporters may have let their emotions get out of hand.
Some of the Church Preservationists have said some real mean things about Holy Cross also. As one of three generations of my family that have graduated from Holy Cross, I, of course, am appalled by some of the insults that have been thrown at my Alma Mater.
There are no good or bad people here. We are all part of the New Orleans family that has been through a terrible event that the world has never seen before, and that most of the world doe's not yet understand.
The people of the Seton/Cabrini neighborhood want to come home
and rebuild. They have lost their homes and their Church. Neither is
the fault of Holy Cross. The Archdiocese made the decision to not
continue to use Cabrini Church....apparently for many reasons. It appears that the majority of people and parishioners have accepted that as fact. They have also been buoyed by the announcement
that Holy Cross has chosen to relocate it's campus there instead of
numerous other possibilities. Holy Cross has CHOSEN to remain in
New Orleans and support the community.
I ask that FEMA realize that MOST of the Seton/Cabrini neighborhood understands that the Church building is now just a wonderful memory of what once was and support making Holy Cross
welcome. Of course ALL of the Holy Cross people are praying that
we be allowed to go forward with our plans and the recovery of
Holy Cross, the neighborhood and the City of New Orleans.
I will say a prayer tonight for all of you, my New Orleans family...
that once this is all over, like family, we will all come together.