Approximate path of Hurricane Ida through the Diocese of Louisiana.

On August 29, Hurricane Ida carved a path straight through the middle of our diocese. In Louisiana, the category 4 hurricane winds caused catastrophic damage to structures where it came onshore and to the infrastructure, especially the power grid, as it moved north. The pressure from the winds caused complete roof failure on many structures, especially near the path of the eyewall. Outside of the levee protection system and on the east and north shores of Lake Ponchartrain, the storm surge caused flooding to homes and businesses as well as wind damage. There was river flooding in several locations in the diocese.

View photographs of the aftermath of Hurricane Ida from media outlets:

Our diocesan disaster response team and volunteers have been on the ground assessing the critical needs following the hurricane and conducting damage assessments to church property. We received an initial $25,000 grant from Episcopal Relief and Development for immediate emergency use and we are in the process of distributing that assistance to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Several churches have been involved in relief work or served as distribution or coordination sites for hurricane relief. We will continue to update this list.

  • Chapel of the Holy Spirit, New Orleans
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Christ Church, Covington
  • Christ Church, Slidell
  • Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans
  • Grace Church, St. Francisville
  • St. Andrew’s, Bayou DuLarge
  • St. Anna’s, New Orleans
  • St. James, Baton Rouge
  • St. John’s, Thibodaux
  • St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge
  • St. Mark’s, Harvey
  • St. Michael’s, Mandeville
  • St. Patrick’s, Zachary
  • St. Paul’s Holy Trinity, New Roads
  • Trinity Church, New Orleans

Our neighboring dioceses, the Diocese of Western Louisiana, the Diocese of Texas, and the Diocese of Mississippi, have been instrumental in providing volunteer teams and evacuee support. We will continue to partner with them in the days to come.

Immediately following the storm, Church Insurance has been on the ground in Louisiana working with congregations to assess the damage and provide remediation work.

The diocesan disaster team is in the process of securing grants to assist with our ongoing recovery and rebuilding work. If you know of a funding source, please contact the Rev. Canon Allison Reid at areid@edola.org.

Financial gifts are greatly appreciated. You can make a secure donation to the Diocesan Hurricane Relief fund here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=CgoXWw .

In the coming weeks, we will have more information about hosting volunteer teams.

Relief Efforts and ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE TO CHURCH PROPERTY (AS OF 9/13/2021)

First, we are happy to report that all clergy are safe after the hurricane. Diocesan employees are also safe.

The church buildings in our diocese sustaining the most damage were those nearest to where the hurricane eye came onshore or outside of the levee protection system. Church buildings in other areas of the diocese incurred minor to moderate wind damage or damage due to wind-driven rain.

Two weeks after the storm, we are discovering church buildings that appeared to have sustained none or minor damage are now showing signs of moisture damage from the pressure of the winds forcing the rainwater into the walls and ceilings. Assessing the full extent of the damage is ongoing. However, remediation and cleanup work has already begun. The diocesan staff continues to be in contact with all our congregations as they navigate through remediation, insurance claims, and pastoral needs.

In the hardest-hit areas of our diocese, electricity has not returned and fuel, food, and water is a scarce commodity. In the New Orleans, Jefferson, Baton Rouge, and Northshore deaneries, power has returned to the majority of the area. Fuel and grocery store shelves are limited but are slowly being restored to full capacity.

Following is the assessment as of 9/13/2021 of damage found to church property in the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. We will update this post as we continue the assessment and restoration.

Southwest Deanery

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Mission on Bayou DuLarge, Theriot

St. Andrew’s Mission sustained significant damage. Large sections of the roof were ripped off. There was wind and water damage to the sanctuary. This area of Louisiana had winds over 150 mph for hours. The levee protection system prevented flooding from storm surge.

Church Insurance sent an adjuster down to survey the damage. We are waiting on their report. A volunteer team from our diocese removed the wet carpeting and debris from the church. A parishioner from Grace Church, St. Francisville, has offered to restore the pews and church furniture. The stained glass windows, lovingly made by a parishioner, were not harmed and will be removed soon for safe storage.

The town of Theriot suffered catastrophic damage. There is no power or running water in the area. Most parishioners and many neighbors have evacuated.

St. Andrew’s has distributed gift cards to those needing assistance.

Church services are on hold for now and will be evaluated on a weekly basis as to when and where they will resume.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Houma

St. Matthew’s, Houma, sustained water damage in the interior of the school, naive, and administration building from the pressure of the winds driving the rain and broken windows. We are waiting on a report from Church Insurance on the extent of the damage and the next steps.

The town of Houma sustained catastrophic damage during the storm. The area is not expected to have electricity for weeks and fuel is in short supply.

A volunteer team from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cleaned up the branches from the oak trees.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Thibodaux

St. John’s, Thiboudax, sustained wind damage to the roof and water damage to the church through broken windows. The roof has been tarped and windows boarded up. We are waiting on a report from Church Insurance on the next steps.

The town of Thibodaux sustained significant damage during the storm. Electricity is not expected to return for weeks.

St. John’s is holding worship services virtually on Facebook. 

St. John’s has served as a distribution site for hurricane relief supplies.


Jefferson Deanery

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Paradis

St. Andrew’s, Paradis, sustained wind damage to the roof and rain-driven water damage to the sanctuary. The roof has been tarped to prevent further water damage.

The neighborhood around St. Andrew’s sustained significant damage. Electricity has not been restored but is expected to return in the next few weeks.

Volunteer teams will soon be deployed by our diocese to help clean up the neighborhood and distribute disaster supplies, food, and assistance.

Church services have resumed.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, LaPlace

St. Timothy’s, LaPlace, received significant damage during Hurricane Ida from wind and storm surge from Lake Ponchartrain. The neighborhood around St. Timothy’s received significant flood damage as well. A volunteer team from Mississippi will be deployed soon to clean up the church and preschool campus.

Electricity has not been restored to the church or neighborhood.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Metairie

St. Augustine’s, Metairie, received water damage to the church, parish hall, and church office from wind-driven rain and a wind-damaged roof. The roof has been tarped and a cleanup crew has been contracted. Electricity has been restored to the church and surrounding neighborhood.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

Church services are being held online for now on St. Augustine’s Facebook Page. The preschool is expected to open soon.


New Orleans Uptown and Downtown Deaneries

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans

St. Paul’s, New Orleans, received water damage due to wind-driven rain and wind pressure that seeped into the walls and ceilings. Remediation work has already begun. Electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

St. Paul’s held an outdoor in-person worship service on September 12. Starting September 19, Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, will host St. Paul’s for Sunday services until they can return to their own campus in about 4-6 weeks. Arrangements are being made for the return of in-person classes for the students of St. Paul’s School.

Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Christ Church Cathedral has been distributing gift cards in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans to those needed assistance. They also, with the assistance of St. Patrick’s, Zachary, provided twelve 55 gallons of gasoline that were distributed among police departments and non-profits in Orleans Parish and St. Tammany Parish.

Chapel of the Holy Spirit, New Orleans

[Photograph by Karen Mackey]

The front door of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit was smashed, roof damage, and there was minor water damage in the sanctuary. Electricity has been restored to the building and neighborhood. Worship services have resumed.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

Chapel of the Holy Spirit has distributed gift cards to those needing assistance.

St. Anna’s, New Orleans

St. Anna’s, New Orleans, has some roof damage. Electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood. Worship services have resumed.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

St. Anna’s has helped gut a house in LaPlace.

St. George’s, New Orleans

St. George’s, New Orleans, has water damage to the sanctuary through a broken window. Worship services are being held virtually.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans

St. Luke’s, New Orleans, has roof and water damage to the church and rectory. Electricity has been restored. Worship services will resume on September 19.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Trinity Church, New Orleans, has water damage due to water leaks and significant damage to the roof and supporting structure. A structural engineer recommended the church and office not be occupied at this time until further inspection. Worship services have resumed in the parish hall. The school will resume classes on September 13.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

Episcopal Relief and Development funds were sent to Trinity Church for its Mobile Loaves and Fishes Ministry. They are out driving through the streets of New Orleans, Thibodaux, and Paridis feeding relief workers, volunteers, and the homeless.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Harvey

St. Mark’s, Harvey, has water damage in the parish hall. A volunteer team from Mississippi assisted with remediation in the church. Worship services have resumed.

St. Mark’s will serve as a distribution site for hurricane relief supplies and food.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.


Northshore Deanery

Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Hammond

[Photo from the Grace Memorial, Hammond, Facebook Page]

Grace Memorial, Hammond, received significant roof damage causing water damage in the church, office, and parish hall. Remediation crews have already been contracted. Electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood. Worship services have resumed.

The city of Hammond received significant damage to structures caused by wind and falling trees.

Christ Episcopal Church, Covington

Christ Church, Covington, received flood damage to the school’s Early Childhood Campus. No other damage has been reported to the church campus, main school campus, or to Christwood. Worship services have resumed. The school will resume classes on September 13.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

Christ Church has served as a distribution site for hurricane relief supplies and food.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Mandeville

St. Michael’s, Mandeville, received little damage during Hurricane Ida. Electricity has been restored and worship services have resumed. The preschool has resumed classes as well.

The town of Mandeville had some damage due to falling trees and flooding in the neighborhoods along Lake Ponchartrain due to wind and storm surge.

St. Michael’s has been involved in relief efforts by providing sandwiches to be distributed to the Northshore Food Bank.

Christ Episcopal Church, Slidell

Christ Church, Slidell, received water damage to the nursery. Electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood. Worship services have resumed.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage. There was flooding in the neighborhoods along Lake Ponchartrain due to storm surge.

Christ Church has served free meals to neighbors and first responders.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Ponchatoula

All Saints’, Ponchatoula, received roof, water, and tree damage. Electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood. Worship services have resumed.

The town of Ponchatoula received significant damage to structures caused by wind, falling trees, and river flooding.


Baton Rouge Deanery

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Denham Springs

A tree fell on the Sunday school building at St. Francis, Denham Springs. No noticeable damage to the church. Worship services have resumed.

No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.


Solomon Episcopal Conference Center


Noland Center

[Photograph by Karen Mackey]

The Noland Center received roof damage. Electricity has been restored to the office and the neighborhood. The bishop’s office has resumed regular office hours.

Before, during, and after the hurricane, the bishop’s staff (who also work on the diocesan disaster team) have been on the ground providing pastoral care, assessing critical needs, and damage assessment as well as conducting regular diocesan business.


Churches with Minor or No Damage

Below are congregations and schools reporting no or minimal damage to property as of 9/13/2021. Damage assessment is ongoing. We will update this list as the damage assessment continues.

  • All Saints’, River Ridge (Roof and water damage)
  • Chapel of the Holy Comforter, New Orleans (Minor water leaks and roof damage)
  • Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans
  • Church of the Annuncation, New Orleans (Minor roof damage)
  • Church of the Incarnation, Amite
  • Church of the Holy Communion, Plaquemine
  • Church of the Nativity, Rosedale
  • Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
  • Grace Church and Preschool, St. Francisville
  • Mount Olivet, New Orleans (Minor roof damage)
  • St. Alban’s Chapel, Baton Rouge
  • St. Andrew’s, Clinton
  • St. Andrew’s Church and School, New Orleans
  • St. Augustine’s, Baton Rouge
  • St. James Church and School and St. James Place, Baton Rouge
  • St. John’s, Kenner
  • St. Luke’s Church and School, Baton Rouge
  • St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge
  • St. Martin’s, Metairie (Minor roof damage)
  • St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Metairie (Minor damage)
  • St. Mary’s, Franklin
  • St. Mary’s, Morganza
  • St. Matthew’s, Bogalusa (Minor roof damage)
  • St. Michael’s & All Angels, Baton Rouge
  • St. Michael’s Church and Preschool, Mandeville (Minor damage)
  • St. Patrick’s Church and Preschool, Zachary (HVAC issues and minor roof damage)
  • St. Paul’s Holy Trinity, New Roads
  • St. Philip’s, New Orleans
  • St. Stephen’s, Innis
  • Trinity Church and School, Baton Rouge
  • Trinity Church, Morgan City

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