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|St. Frances Cabrini buildings.
||In 1963, my parents built a beautiful house in Carolyn Park subdivision in Arabi where our family of 6 lived until Katrina took it away. To us,that
house had historical signifiance because because it was special to us - lots of wonderful times. However, the house went thru three floods (Betsy, Katrina
and Rita) and in the end it was just too damaged to keep. Before the house was torn down, my parents had a wonderful idea of giving each of us kids
a brick from the house as our Christmas present so we could keep it as a rememberence of this wonderful place that will dwell in our hearts for all eternity. That brick is
Sitting today, in my new house, in my wife's curio cabinet, sits a brick along with the other collectibles that we salvaged from our damaged house in
Chalmette. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't pass by that cabinet and see that brick and have a tear in my eye. But for the sake of moving on
with our lives, we knew that the time had come to say goodbye. It's part of being a human. We say goodbye to loved ones when they pass on, and so I said
goodbye to that house.
Perhaps a good compromise would be to have FEMA and the Arch. take down the bricks from the church and allow people to take one to put in their home as
a rememberance of their church community. Any bricks left over, HC should put up a walkway, perhaps around the beloved gazebo or another place of
prominence, where people can gather and reminisce. But unlike my mom's house, the demolition of the church will do good for the community,
good for the school that educates boys to men, and good for people who knew St. Frances knowing their their church's demise is rising above the debris
pile to be a special place that will mold the young men of our great city into the leaders of tomorrow. It you don't demolish then we will have another
eyesore that will sure to fit in with the other falling down houses around it since no one will want to re-build witout a catalyst.