This post is an ongoing narrative of the effect of Hurricane Ida on our diocese and the relief work and restoration. It was last updated on October 8, 2021. See a list of revisions here. Additions, corrections, or to add photographs to this post, email Karen Mackey at kmackey@edola.org.

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Approximate path of Hurricane Ida through the Diocese of Louisiana. Click the image to see a map of churches on the Episcopal Asset Map.

Hurricane Ida’s Effect on Louisiana and the Diocese of Louisiana

On August 29, 2021, 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 west 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.

Following the storm, the entire region was without electricity and fuel, food, and water was a scarce commodity. As of 9/20/21, electricity has been restored to the majority of the area. Fuel and grocery store shelves are limited but are slowly being restored to full capacity.

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

The church buildings in our diocese sustaining the most damage were those nearest to where the hurricane eye came onshore and along its path. Church buildings in other areas of the diocese incurred minor to moderate wind damage or damage due to wind-driven rain. One church had both wind damage and storm surge flooding from Lake Ponchartrain.

The following churches sustained significant damage:

  • Grace Memorial, Hammond
  • St. Andrew’s, Bayou Dularge
  • St. Andrew’s, Paradis
  • St. George’s, New Orleans
  • St. John’s, Thibodaux
  • St. Matthew’s, Houma
  • St. Paul’s, New Orleans
  • St. Timothy’s, LaPlace
  • Trinity Church, New Orleans

Of the congregations who sustained major damage to their buildings, St. Andrew’s, Paradis, and St. Matthew’s, Houma, are the only ones able to use their naves for worship services. The other congregations are either holding virtual services, worshiping in their parish halls, or are being hosted by other congregations.

For weeks following the storm, the hidden damage began to reveal itself. Church buildings that appeared to have sustained no or minor damage started showing signs of moisture instrusion 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 began immediately thanks to the support of Church Insurance. The diocesan staff continues to be in contact with all our congregations as they navigate through remediation, insurance claims, and pastoral needs. The ongoing restoration work for each congregation is detailed below.

Relief & Recovery Efforts in the Diocese of Louisiana

Our diocesan disaster response team and volunteers have been on the ground, before, during, and after the hurricane, assessing the critical needs following the hurricane, providing pastoral care, and conducting damage assessments to church property. The team meets on a regular basis following the storm.

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

Congregations are involved in their community doing relief work and serving as distribution or coordination sites for hurricane relief. Congregations in the areas not as affected are collecting and transporting supplies to the hardest-hit areas and sending volunteers to assist in the cleanup.

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

Our Relief and Recovery Plan

There are three components to our relief and recovery work following Hurricane Ida:

  1. Provide emergency assistance in the community through distributing gift cards, distributing disaster supplies, cooking and serving meals, cleaning up storm debris, and providing pastoral care.
  2. Repair damaged churches.
  3. Building capacity to respond to future disasters.

3 Things You Can Do to Help With Hurricane Ida Recovery


1. Volunteer For Hurricane Ida Relief

Volunteers are needed to help us clean up debris, distribute disaster supplies, cook and/or serve meals, and provide pastoral care. Teams from out of state are welcome, but for now, we are unable to provide housing.

Churches are encouraged to contact our volunteer coordinator, Meg Kendrick, to sign up for particular work days, administrator@gracechurchwfp.org.


2. Donate to a Hurricane Relief Fund

Financial gifts are greatly appreciated and will help us provide immediate assistance to those in greatest need.

Episcopal Relief and Development’s Hurricane Relief Fund

Your gift to Episcopal Relief and Development will provide their partners on the ground with critical supplies, such as food and water, pastoral care, and other urgent needs. You’ll also help them assist with the long-term efforts needed to rebuild and heal. Our diocese has partnered with Episcopal Relief and Development for 16 years providing critical relief following disasters.

Bishop Thompson Hurricane Relief Fund

Your gift to Bishop’s Thompson Hurricane Relief Fund will provide disaster assistance in the community and will help cover the costs of the expenses of rebuilding our damaged churches not covered by insurance.


3. Help Us Build Capacity for Future Disasters

We are facing the reality that climate change will continue to bring strong hurricanes to the shores of the Gulf Coast. How do we as Episcopalians living in Louisiana build the capacity to reach out and serve our communities quickly and prevent and mitigate damage when the storms come our way? We are in the process of exploring ideas with congregations across our diocese and developing partnerships with other faith-based organizations.

Funding Sources: 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.

Develop Your Disaster Plan: Developing a plan before a disaster can help you respond more effectively. Congregations can learn more about developing a disaster plan here: edola.org/disaster-preparedness-response. Individuals and families can go here: edola.org/emergency-resources/.

Share your connections. Share your ideas. Do you have a connection with faith-based or NGOs? Contact a member of the EDOLA disaster response team.

Impact of Grants & Donations Received

Amount: $25,000 on September 10 for immediate emergency use in the aftermath of the storm

Impact:

  • Chapel of the Holy Spirit, New Orleans, served 30 people: Distributed gift cards and housing aid.
  • Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, served 200 people: Distributed gift cards and housing aid.
  • Christ Church, Covington, served 30 people: Distributed gift cards, disaster supplies, and meals.
  • St. Michael’s, Mandeville, served 62 people: Distributed gift cards and housing aid.
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, through their Trinity Loaves & Fishes ministry served 250 people: Distributed tents, solar charging units, and meals
  • The Diocesan Office served 90 people: Distributed gift cards and housing aid.

Congregation-by-Congregation Look at Damage Assessments, Restoration, and Relief Efforts


Southwest Deanery

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

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

This area of the diocese sat under Hurricane Ida’s eyewall for hours with sustained Category 4 strength winds for hours. St. Andrew’s Mission on Bayou DuLarge sustained significant damage. Large sections of the roof were ripped off. There was wind and water damage to the sanctuary. The levee protection system prevented flooding from storm surge.

The town of Theriot suffered catastrophic damage. There is no power or running water in the area.

Restoration

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. (As of September 12, 2021)

Worship Services

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

Hurricane Relief Work

After the storm, St. Andrew’s distributed gift cards. Funds for the gift cards came from the emergency assistance grant from Episcopal Relief and Development.


St. John’s Episcopal Church, Thibodaux

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. John’s, Thiboudax, sustained wind damage to the roof and water damage to the church through broken windows.

The town of Thibodaux sustained significant damage during the storm.

Restoration
  • 9/12/21: The roof has been tarped and windows boarded up. We are waiting on a report from Church Insurance on the next steps.
  • 9/17/21: Entergy website reported electricity has been restored.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Church services canceled due to landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/5/21: Morning Prayer held virtually on Facebook and Morning Prayer in person in the scatter garden.
  • 9/19/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person in the parish hall.
Hurricane Relief Work

St. John’s is serving as a distribution site for hurricane relief supplies.

  • On September 4, 2021, parishioners from St. John’s, Thibodaux; St. Paul’s Holy Trinity, New Roads; and St. James, Baton Rouge distributed hurricane relief supplies.
  • On September 12, 2021, parishioners and clergy from Trinity Church, New Orleans, through the Trinity Mobile Loaves and Fishes ministry distributed 200 sandwiches to feed neighbors around St. John’s.
  • On September 18, 2021, with donations from St. Andrew’s, Seguin, Texas, St. John’s purchased and assemble kits containing cleaning products, personal hygiene items, food and water, and delivered them to the areas further south.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Franklin

Damage to Church Property

No damage was reported.


St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church & School, Houma

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

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.

Restoration
  • 9/11/21: A volunteer team from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cleaned up the branches from the oak trees.
  • Electricity was restored to the church.
  • Mitigation crew hired.
Worship Services
  • 9/19/21: Holy Eucharist resumed in person. Bishop Thompson made his annual visitation.
School
  • 9/19/21: Classes will resume on September 21.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Morgan City

Damage to Church Property

No damage was reported.


Jefferson Deanery

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, River Ridge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

All Saints’, River Ridge, has minor roof damage. No significant widespread damage to the neighborhood other than roof and tree damage.

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
  • Week of September 12: Roof tarped and church property cleaned up.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Holy Eucharist canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida.
  • 9/12/21: Morning Prayer held online.
  • 9/19/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person and online.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Paradis

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

The eye of Hurricane Ida passed over this area of the diocese with Category 3 winds. St. Andrew’s, Paradis, sustained wind damage to the roof and rain-driven water damage to the sanctuary.

The neighborhood around St. Andrew’s sustained significant damage. St. Andrew’s is located in the civil parish of St. Charles. It was reported that almost every structure saw damaged roofs. There a number of downed trees, and storm surge in parts of the parish.

Restoration
  • 9/12/21: The roof was tarped.
  • 9/17/21: Entergy website reported electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood.
Worship Services
  • 9/12/21: Church services resumed in person in the sanctuary and online on Zoom.
Hurricane Relief Work

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

  • 9/17/21: Trinity Church, New Orleans, through their Trinity Loaves & Fishes Ministry brought sandwiches to the area to help feed neighbors and to assist St. Andrew’s with gathering needs assessments of their neighbors.
  • 9/20/21: A tool trailer on loan from the Diocese of Mississippi is on its way down to St. Andrew’s to be used assisting neighbors in the post-disaster cleanup.
  • 9/22/21: St. Andrew’s with volunteer teams from Trinity Church, New Orleans, and St. Paul’s, New Orleans, fed neighbors and handed out first aid kits and hurricane relief supplies.

St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and Preschool, Metairie

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. Augustine’s, Metairie, received water damage to the church, parish hall, and church office from wind-driven rain and a wind-damaged roof.

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

Restoration

The roof has been tarped and a cleanup crew has been contracted. Electricity has been restored to the church and surrounding neighborhood.

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida.
  • 8/29/21: Daily Morning and Evening Prayer in English and Spanish resume virtually on Facebook.
  • 9/19/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person and online. Spanish language services remain virtual on Facebook.
School
  • 9/15/21: St. Augustine’s Preschool resumes classes.
Hurricane Relief Work

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kenner

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.


St. Martin’s Episcopal Church & The Little School, Metairie

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Minor damage to the roof.

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida.
  • 8/31/21: Daily Morning and Evening Prayer resumes virtually online.
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person and online.
School
  • 9/13/21: The Little School resumes classes.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church & Preschool, LaPlace

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. Timothy’s, LaPlace, received significant damage during Hurricane Ida from wind and storm surge from Lake Ponchartrain. The eye of Hurricane Ida passed over this area of the diocese bringing Category 3 strength winds.

The neighborhood around St. Timothy’s received significant wind and flood damage.

Restoration
  • As of 9/12/21: The roof has been tarped
  • As of 9/20/21: Entergy website reports electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
School

Northshore Deanery

All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Ponchatoula

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

All Saints’, Ponchatoula, received roof, water, and tree damage.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person

Christ Episcopal Church, Christ Episcopal School, and Christwood, Covington

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

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.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored to the church and school.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/5/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person
School
  • 9/13/21: Classes resumed
Hurricane Relief Work
  • 9/5/21: Christ Church distributed hurricane relief supplies and food to the community.
  • 9/8/21: Christ Church distributed cleaning supplies, food, and water to the community.
  • Christwood residents assembled and distributed over 275 care packages to staff members following Hurricane Ida. This week, our residents and staff are working together on a project called “Seniors Helping Seniors”. Christwood reached out to neighboring senior communities and ministries who sustained damage as the result of Hurricane Ida, displacing some of their residents and members. We learned their greatest immediate need is for personal care items as well as bed linens. Christwood residents and staff are quickly collecting, purchasing and assembling the needed items for distribution to seniors. Both efforts are examples of Christwood’s iCARE mission in action.

Christ Episcopal Church, Slidell

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Christ Church, Slidell, received water damage to the nursery.

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.

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored to the church and school.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/1/21: Daily Morning Prayer and Compline resumes on Facebook
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person.
Hurricane Relief Work
  • 9/10/21: Christ Church served free meals to neighbors and first responders.
  • 10/1/21: Holding a uniform drive for the students of the LaFourche Parish school system.

Church of the Incarnation, Amite

Damage to Church Property

No damage was reported.


Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Hammond

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Grace Memorial, Hammond, received significant roof damage causing water damage in the church, office, and parish hall.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
  • Remediation crews have been contracted and work is
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist is held virtually on Zoom
  • 9/19/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person in the parish hall


St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Bogalusa

Damage to Church Property

There was minor damage to the roof.

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
  • The roof has been tarped.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church & Preschool, Mandeville

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. Michael’s, Mandeville, received little damage during Hurricane Ida.

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.

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored
  • 9/9/21: Parishioners and preschool parents helped clean storm debris from St. Michael’s playground.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled but Morning Prayer held virtually on Zoom and Facebook due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/5/21: Morning Prayer continues virtually
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist resumed in person and virtually on Zoom and Facebook
School
  • 9/13/21: Preschool resumed.
Hurricane Relief Work
  • 9/8/21: Parishioners made sandwiches to be distributed by the Northshore Food Bank

New Orleans Downtown and Uptown Deaneries

Chapel of the Holy Comforter, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Chapel of the Holy Comforter, New Orleans, has some minor roof damage and water leaks.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida. Holds Morning Prayer virtually on Facebook.
  • 9/5/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person.
  • 9/13/21: SUNO and UNO resume in-person classes.

Chapel of the Holy Spirit, New Orleans

[Photograph by Karen Mackey]
Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

The front door of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit was smashed, roof damage, and there was minor water damage in the sanctuary.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored
  • The front door has been boarded.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist resumed in person and virtually on Zoom and Facebook
  • 9/13/21: Tulane University resumed in-person classes.
  • 9/20/21: Loyola University resumed in-person classes.
Hurricane Relief Work

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


Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Christ Church Cathedral had minor water damage in the bell tower.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/1/21: Resumes virtual Morning Prayer on Facebook
  • 9/12/21: Resumes Holy Eucharist in person.
Hurricane Relief Work

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. They are involved in providing volunteer assistance in feeding ministries in the Central City neighborhood. They are sharing their worship space with St. Paul’s, New Orleans, until they are able to return to their own building.

Joining with St. Paul’s to collect hurricane relief, cleaning, and rebuilding supplies for the native people of the Grand Bayou Community.


Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans, had minor damage to the roof.

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

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/2/21: Starts holding Morning Prayer and daily mediations on Facebook
  • 9/12/21: Resumes Holy Eucharist in person and virtual.
Hurricane Relief Work
  • 9/13/21: In partnership with Gladewaves and the Girl Scouts, Church of the Annunciation distributed food boxes.

Mount Olivet, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Mount Olivet, New Orleans, had minor damage to the roof.

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

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/2/21: Starts holding Morning Prayer and daily mediations on Facebook
  • 9/12/21: Resumes Holy Eucharist in person and virtual.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and School, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage reported.

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

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/5/21: Joined with St. Luke’s and The Epiphany in Philladelphia for online services
  • 9/12/21: Resumes Holy Eucharist in person and virtual.
School
  • 9/13/21: Classes resume
Hurricane Relief Work
  • 9/20/21: St. Andrew’s Church and School, in partnership with Christ Church Cathedral, collected cleaning supplies for families in Lafitte, LA.

St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. Anna’s, New Orleans, has some roof damage.

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

Electricity has been restored to the church and neighborhood. Worship services have resumed.

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/12/21: Resumes Holy Eucharist in person and virtual.
Hurricane Relief Work
  • 9/12/21: St. Anna’s assisted in gutting a house in LaPlace
  • Saint Anna’s in collaboration with Ochsner Health Systems will be installing a new, free to the public, telemed clinic at the church.

St. George’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. George’s, New Orleans, had roof damage and water damage to the sanctuary.

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

Restoration

Electricity has been restored.

The building is in the process of being dried out.

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 8/30/21: Noonday Prayer resumes online on Facebook
  • Sunday morning services are being held on Zoom while restoration work is going on in the sanctuary.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. Luke’s, New Orleans, has roof and water damage to the church and rectory.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity restored
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: In-person services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/19/21: Holy Eucharist resumed in person.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Harvey

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

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.

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
  • A volunteer team from Mississippi removed the wet carpet
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist resumed in person.
Hurricane Relief Work
  • 9/25/21: St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Gulfport and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Gulfport donated a truckload of food to St. Mark’s. On their regularly scheduled food bank day, the food was distributed to over double the amount of people who normally seek assistance from the church.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. Paul’s, New Orleans, received significant water damage due to roof damage and from wind-driven rain and wind pressure that seeped into the walls and ceilings.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
  • The building has been dried out. Tear-out has begun throughout the building and school. Rebuilding will begin in October.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist held outside since they are unable to occupy the building to the damage
  • 9/19/21: Christ Church Cathedral is hosting St. Paul’s for Sunday services.
School
  • Late September: The school resumed classes but was unable to return to their own building because of the damage. They are spread out in multiple locations throughout the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans.
Hurricane Relief Work

9/22/21:St. Paul’s has feed people in Paradis.

They are collecting hurricane relief supplies and rebuilding supplies for the native people of the Grand Bayou Community.


St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

St. Philip’s, New Orleans, had no significant damage other than trees and fencing.

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

Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/2/21: Resumed virtual prayer services on Facebook
  • 9/5/21: Holy Eucharist resumed in person

Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

Trinity Church, New Orleans, has water damage due to water leaks and significant damage to the roof and supporting structure. Worship services have resumed in the parish hall.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
  • A structural engineer recommended the church and office not be occupied at this time until further inspection.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/12/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person in the parish hall.
School
  • 9/13/21: School resumed classes.
Hurricane Relief Work
  • Immediately after the storm and ongoing: Trinity Loaves and Fishes has been feeding relief workers, volunteers, and the homeless in New Orleans, Thibodaux, and Paradis.
  • 9/22/21: Cooked red beans and rice and fed people in Paradis in partnership with St. Andrew’s, Paradis, and St. Paul’s, New Orleans. Volunteers from Trinity also picked up storm debris around St. Andrew’s, Paradis.

Baton Rouge Deanery

Church of the Holy Communion, Plaquemine

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/5/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person
Hurricane Relief Work

Church of the Nativity, Rosedale

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/4/21: Services resumes in person
Hurricane Relief Work

Church of the Transfiguration, Angola

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood
Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

Grace Church, St. Francisville

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services held virtually online
  • 9/5/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person
School
  • Preschool classes resumed
Hurricane Relief Work
  • Collected hurricane relief supplies.

St. Alban’s Chapel, Baton Rouge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services held in person
School
  • 9/7/21: LSU resumed classes
Hurricane Relief Work

St. Andrew’s, Clinton

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

St. Augustine’s, Baton Rouge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Denham Springs

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

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.

Restoration
  • Electricity has been restored.
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/5/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person
Hurricane Relief Work

St. James Church, School and St. James Place, Baton Rouge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
  • 8/29/21: Sunday services canceled due to the landfall of Hurricane Ida
  • 9/5/21: Holy Eucharist resumes in person
School
  • 9/7/21: Classes resumed
Hurricane Relief Work

Baton Rouge Food Bank

Distributed hurricane supplies in Thibodaux


St. Luke’s, Baton Rouge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
School
Hurricane Relief Work
  • Collected relief supplies to donate to St. Patrick’s, Zachary, “57 ft of Love” hurricane relief drive
  • Collecting relief supplies in partnership with the Young Leadership Academy to donate to Greensburg in St. Helena Parish in Louisiana.

St. Margaret’s, Baton Rouge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

St. Mary’s, Morganza

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

St. Michael & All Angels, Baton Rouge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Zachary

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

HVAC issues and minor roof damage

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

Restoration
Worship Services
School
Hurricane Relief Work

Coordinated with Christ Church Cathedral to purchase and deliver twelve 55 gallons of gasoline that were distributed among police departments and non-profits in Orleans Parish and St. Tammany Parish.

St. Patrick’s, Zachary, organized a relief effort called “57 ft of Love.” They filled a 57ft trailer with hurricane relief supplies. It was delivered to the Houma-Terrebone Civic Center on September 29, 2021. List of churches, schools, and organizations that donated to this hurricane relief project: Gremillion Trucking; Rollins Place Elementary; Episcopal School of BR; St. Luke’s BR; St. Margaret’s BR; St. James BR; Ozark Insurance Company; Lane Regional Medical Center; Home Depot in Zachary; Zachary Charity League; St. Phillips Episcopal Church, Beulah, MI; Church of the Holy Trinity, Manistee, MI; The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, Abilene, TX; All Saints Episcopal Church, Boise, ID; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Corinth, MS; Christ Episcopal Church, Bowling Green, KY; St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Diamondhead, MS; Church of the Resurrection, Oklahoma City, OK; St. Augustine of Canterbury, Aiken, SC; Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Shawnee, OK.


St. Paul’s Holy Trinity, New Roads

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

St. Stephen’s, Innis

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
Hurricane Relief Work

Trinity Church, Baton Rouge

Damage to Church Property and Neighborhood

No damage was reported.

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

Restoration
Worship Services
School
Hurricane Relief Work

Diocesan Property


Episcopal School of Baton Rouge


Noland Center

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.


Solomon Episcopal Conference Center


St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Metairie


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

Revisions:
9/16/2021: Added photographs of relief work by Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans
9/17/2021: Added photographs of the damage to St. George’s, New Orleans; relief work at St. John’s, Thibodaux; relief work by St. Patrick’s, Zachary
9/19/2021: Added photographs of St. George’s, New Orleans; Trinity Church, New Orleans; and St. Matthew’s, Houma; Rearranged paragraphs for clarity
10/1/2021: Added volunteer opportunities, recovery plan; photographs to various churches
10/8/21: Updated relief efforts of St. Patrick’s, Zachary; St. Luke’s, Baton Rouge; Christ Church, Slidell; Added photographs to St. Paul’s, New Orleans, St. Patrick’s, Zachary

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