Almost seven years after it was swamped by Katrina, St. Genevieve Catholic Church on Bayou Liberty has been rebuilt. I pass the church on my daily commute, so I watched in January 2007 as they demolished the old church , built in 1958. I have followed and chronicled her rebirth for the past five years .
On January 15, 2012 St. Genevieve opened to her parishoners. It was a beautiful thing to witness.
During the groundbreaking in October of 2010, parishioners were asked to place a small amount of dirt from their home into the groundbreaking hole in celebration of their unity.
The doors to the church were donated by Dr. John Breaux and were produced in Honduras. They depict the history of the parish from the time it was a mission until the present new church.
In 1852, a brick chapel was built by Mrs. Anatole Cousin on land she donated.
In 1914, Father Francis Balay renovated the old church and rededicated it
In 1958, a new church building was built and dedicated Dec. 28 by Reverend Joseph Rummel.
After Katrina, St. Genevieve’s pastor is quoted as saying: “The church is not the building, but the people, we are the church.”
~ Reverend Roel Lungay
I salute the strength and faith parishioners of St. Genevieve and congratulate them on this long-time coming occasion.