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Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Historic Review of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana with linked PDF attachments "
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Name: Patrick Ponseti
City: New Orleans, LA
Comments: When the discussion of selling the Saint Francis Cabrini site between the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Holy Cross High School there was no one who spoke up against the transaction, even though Holy Cross made it known of its plans for the new campus. It even released a drawing to show the future blue prints of Holy Cross.

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If have noticed the majority of children are currently enrolled in Catholic schools; reason being that the Orleans Public Schools are up to the standards of the time. By blocking the ability to revive a campus for the education of young men and the revitalization of a community you are in fact contributing to the downfall of education to young men and to the environment to future generations.

For more than 125 years of tradition Holy Cross has made an extreme contribution in the revitalization of the lower ninth ward and the education of not only the mind but the soul. Holy Cross's main saying is, "We will not educate the mind in expense at the expense of the heart." With this in mind Holy Cross's main goal is to preserve Catholic education and to maintain this idea for the future. Why would Holy Cross knock down a church if they did not believe they could better the community? Holy Cross also has said they will build a chapel for the parish.

There is just as much architecture in this building as there is in the rectangular boxes we learn in. The amount to repair this church will not come close to the cost of the damage done to the mind, soul, and body of the students of Holy Cross.

Patrick Ponseti
Junior Events Coordinator
Student at Holy Cross