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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comments 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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Date of Comment Comment Name
City, State
2/26/2007 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must be torn down to make room for Holy Cross School provided that any significant architecture is fully documented with photography ect. and any important artifacts are preserved for display. The proposed demolitio...     read more Michael F. Vitt
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 How many ugly modern churches with leaky roofs does this area need? St. Pius X parish welcomes St. Frances Cabrini parishoners and hope you'll feel right at home. Perhaps those willing to "save" Cabrini's church building would consider raising fund...     read more St. Pius parishoner
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I will start out by saying that I am a graduate, father of a soon to be graduate (2009) and a 4 year old that considers himself a tried and true Tiger.

After standing for 3 hours this evening listening to the Public Hearing, I have but only ...     read more
John Silva
Metairie, LA 
2/26/2007 If we truly had such an architecturally significant building in our midst for the past 44 years, how come we are only finding out about it now? I grew up in Cabrini parish and attended elementary school and church there. I don't recall any buses ca...     read more
 
2/26/2007 Please allow the St Frances Cabrini building to be torn down. If you do not let it be torn down, then it is just going to stand as a ugly building that will be unuse becuase nobody will pay for the repair and the upkeep.

Holy Cross said the...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Louisiana 
2/26/2007 If someone feels strongly enough to post a comment, then I simply can't understand why that person wouldn't want everyone to know his name. I am fully in support of allowing Holy Cross to tear down whatever they need to tear down to build the struct...     read more Carey Daste
Jefferson LA 
2/26/2007 FEMA needs to pay to have the structure moved to another site and they need to pay to have the structure refurbished and maintained over the years. Why don't they move it out to the Lakefront as a huge picnic shelter. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 As was stated tonight, Don't be fooled that the addition of Holy Cross to the neighborhood will revive it. Mt Carmel has been opened for a year now and very little has been done to rebuild the homes in that area. That area is no more revived than Cab...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Kenner LA 
2/26/2007 As many people know I am in love with Holy Cross. People say love is blind. Many people say I am blind when it comes to Holy Cross. The same goes for Cabrini's parishoners who are fighting for the building. They are so in love with the building they ...     read more Madeleine Whitmire
Terrytown, LA 
2/26/2007 FEMA we need Holy Cross- St. Frances Cabrini Church is not a history building and before Katrina it needed lots of repairs. Holy Cross will bring hope to our community, The Church is gone let it go please.
Marta
2269 Mexico 
2/26/2007 SAVE the church building for boys and girls... Growth of a community begins with a place to congregate and worship for all. Why are we having to let go a monument for a new school. what is Holy Cross's problem? Cooperate.. Please isn't that what men...     read more G.Shindler
Metairie LA 
2/26/2007 People need a place of significance in Gentilly. All reasonable measures should be taken to make adaptive reuse of the building in order that the structure may be preserved for our future. Regina Webre
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 Now that it has been determined that this beautiful St Frances Cabrini Church has been full investigated by NISTAC and documented in their independent report, paid for by FEMA which has concluded that the building MORE THAN MEETS the National Park Se...     read more Robin Brou Hatheway
Gentilly New Orleans LA 
2/26/2007 During the meeting tonight a question ws asked about naming a building historic after it was destroyed by a disaster. The gentleman went on to say that many buildings are named historic after being destroyed citing the move to make historic the site...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 This evening we were told that Cabrini parish no longer exists. The representative from the Archdiocese told us that we are now called St. Pius parishioners. Does no one remember that Holy Cross told us that they did not want Cabrini parish "suppre...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 To loosely quote Ronald Reagan, "FEMA, Tear down this CHURCH!"

Who are you to deem anything historic anyway? Especially a Church structure!
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 I live near St. Frances Cabrini and I believe that it an an irreplacable cultural landmark.
As a taxpayer, I do not support the use of federal funding for its demolition.
This nationally important neighborhood landmark should be reused as par...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 FEMA please endorse/accept the Holy Cross offer to arrange several rememberance items for the former church and parish. At tonights meeting the ARNO emphatically stated it had no plans to re-open either the church or parish. Even stating those pari...     read more
 
2/26/2007 Holy Cross means hope for our future - Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 The Holy Cross project represents the first real hope to revitalize not only the immediate neighborhood, but it will have a positive effect on the entire city. We cannot afford any more delays - let this project move forward NOW Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 With all due respect to Mr. Klingman, he doesn't offer to spend his own money to restore the church. And there is the problem. No one is going to spend the money to restore the church and even if anyone did, no one can afford to maintain it. So ei...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 The Louisiana Landmarks society wishes to express its recommendations regarding the Section 106 review process of the proposed demolition of St. Frances Cabrini Church.

The Church is widely recognized as a significant exemplar of Modernist s...     read more
James Dugan, Louisiana Landmarks Society
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 My wife and I were married in Cabrini Church and have attended many services there over many years. The soul and substance of the church were the parish members. The brick and motar leaked ,were cold in the winter and warm in the sumer.The cost ...     read more Robert Drouant
New Orleans,LA 
2/26/2007 I may not be qualified to determine the historical significance of Cabrini Church but I feel I must make a stand on this issue. My family lived near Cabrini Church when I was in high school. We attended mass there occasionally although it was not o...     read more Kay Giepert
New Orleans,LA 
2/26/2007 to all of you ignorant people out there (the ones against the church and school from being demolished) the school structurally could not be redone and as far as the church, maybe 5% of people attended the church anyway, another thing the church is no...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 I chair the Architectural Review Committee of the New Orleans Historic Districts Landmarks Commission. For the past decade I have written the only ongoing series of reviews of the best contemporary architecture in New Orleans in an annual issue for N...     read more John P. Klingman
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Regardless of whether the church was historic before the storm (and nothing younger than me can be historic), those of us who live in post-Katrina New Orleans do not have the luxury of dealings with academic discussions. In the real world, the choic...     read more Edwin Laizer
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 Tear the sucker down, like yesterday, and let's move forward with progress. Enough of the bulls*%# about the church being something to save. Get old pictures and drawings and make a website. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I am a Gentilly resident and enjoyed worshiping at the church prior to Hurricane Katrina. The church is a landmark in an area that is generally devoid of prominent, architecturally significant buildings. The fact that a religious educational instit...     read more Brian J. Weimer
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I was a parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini before moving to Houma and dearly loved both the church and my neighborhood on Chamberlain Dr. It breaks my heart to see the desolation in the neighborhood now. Having a school like Holy Cross would be an ...     read more Sr. Celeste Cotter, CSj
Houma, LA 
2/26/2007 The designer of the roof knew NOTHING about roofs versus rain, and this roof has always LEAKED and been very EXPENSIVE to repair. The people who want this money trap preserved are not the ones who have to pay the bills for the inept roof design. I gr...     read more Sharon Turner
Kenner, LA 
2/26/2007 I would first like to say what wonderful memories I have of Cabrini church. It is a truly spectacular place that I remember with great fondness. I went to school there along with my sister, brother and cousins. My father and his 2 siblings al...     read more Michelle Muller
Destrehan, La. 
2/26/2007 St Francis Cabrini Church was the first "in the round" church in the city, but there are others now replicating that design. Pre-Katrina the school populations were small by most standards, drawing mostly from the immediate surrounding area. Holy C...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Slidell, LA 
2/26/2007 The building has both emotional and cultural significance and should be preserved. It has served as a focal point for the community and could serve as a beacon for its redevelopment. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I feel that the church needs to be demolished. If the church was going to be put up for Historic Review it should have been done before the sale or before Holy Cross made the decision to accept the offer. If it would have been done sooner it would ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Kenner 
2/26/2007 February 26, 2007

I spent my childhood in St. Frances Cabrini Parish, living but three
blocks away from the school and the church; I attended grades K-8 at St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School, and was an alter server in church.
I w...     read more
Jeff Elliot
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 I fully support the demolition of the structure NOW!!!!! We need to move forward with redevelopment of our community without delay.I live approximately 1/2 mile from the church and attended mass there regurlaly over the years. I have lived in my home...     read more Vincent Paciera, Jr
New Orleans,LA 
2/26/2007 Being different and old does not make something historically significant. If that was the case, most of the "different" (read eyesore) properties in the country more than twenty years old could be considered historically significant. Cabrini Church...     read more Christopher M. Wilke
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 "After reading most of the comments concerning this property I am convinced that what the area most needs is an elementary school that teaches proper grammar and spelling."

Amen! No one seems to know the difference between it's and its, AND...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 A Holy Cross relocation to the Cabrini Church site will help revitalize an area that is in desperate need of help. Holy Cross will also be a good neighbor to the area, helping those in need, as this is the same role it has played in the Lower 9th Wa...     read more Randy Evans
New Orleans, La. 
2/26/2007 Relace the church with new Holy Cross property!! I am an 04 alumni and I would love to see my school prosper once again! Bring back the Tigers and the mission of the brothers of Holy Cross!
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 I have carefully considered the plan to reconstruct the property at the St Frances Xavier Cabrini Chruch. My home is within approx . one mile of the site. My family has attended mass there regularly over the past 18 years. For the past 13 years I hav...     read more Walter Baudier
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 As a preservationist and former parishoner, it's this simple: In this case,
IF YOU SAVE THE CHURCH BUILDING, YOU KILL THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!!

PLEASE STOP HOLDING THIS NEIGHBORHOOD AND SCHOOL HOSTAGE AND LET THESE PEOPLE GET ON WITH THEIR LI...     read more
Preservationist and former parishoner
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Down with this non-historic, useless, and unwanted brick eyesore and up with Holy Cross School and the historic Gentilly neighborhood. Given FEMA's continuing inepitude, they probably think they are dealing with the Alamo! Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans,LA 
2/26/2007 As a current member of St Frances Cabrini Church, I can understand the feeling of loss that many are experiencing. My children had their First Communions and Confirmations in the church. The one thing to remember is that the Cabrini community is ma...     read more Dan Falk
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Being a Holy Cross graduate, I was deeply saddened to see my alma matter practically destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. When I first read of the option to use the property of St. Francis Cabrini (SFC), I thought this provided the greatest opportunity f...     read more Michael Cain, JR '04
Metairie, LA 
2/26/2007 am thankful that this process is almost over and we can be done with the horrible and angry post on this web site!

As a property owner in Vista Park I ask FEMA to please release 5500 Paris Ave from the 106 review and allow Holy Cross to mov...     read more
April Allen
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Were New Orleanians asked to voice their opinions on what should be salvaged of the Twin Towers? Why should we pay any attention to the anonymous letters or to the letters from anyone not living in New Orleans? It seems to me that there is somethin...     read more Rita LoPiccolo
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 IF YOU HAVE NO VESTED INTEREST IN THE AREA, I.E. YOU DO NOT OWN PROPERTY OR DO NOT LIVE IN THIS AREA, YOU HAVE NO STAKE IN THIS ISSUE. THIS CHURCH WILL NOT BE REAPRIED OR MAINTAINED BY THE OWNERS, AND WILL SIMPLY BECOME ANOTHER BLIGHTED NEW ORLEANS ...     read more Earl Moran
Chatham Drive, Vista Park, New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I fully support the preservation of the church building. I think that the architects, preservationists, and other individuals and groups that oppose the demolition should cooperate in establishing a foundation that will provide funds to restore the s...     read more Daniel Henling
Bellevue, WA 
2/26/2007 I attended the church for years. It was not functional: leaky, drafty etc. Furthermore, the acoustics are terrible in that building. Good design does not only mean the visual aesthetic. Other senses must be incorporated into the evaluation as well. S...     read more Name redacted at request of author
N.O. LA 
2/26/2007 Stick to the issue, the church is damaged beyond repair. It is architecturally insignificant! The cupola at the Cabildo it is not. St. Louis Cathedral it is not. St. Joseph's on Tulane Avenue it is not. Do you have the unbelievable amount of money...     read more Cheryl pittman
new orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 FEMA, please tear down the Cabrini Church. The Holy Cross school will be the shot in the arm the Gentilly area needs. My neighborhood is not far from Cabrini. The Holy Cross project will affect the growth of my area as well. This a just one step ...     read more Peggy Braud, President, Virgil Park Neighborhood
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I support the preservation of St. Francis Cabrini Church. David Gregor
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 "There is no reason this architecturally significant building cannot be saved."

Sure there is... do you know of anyone at all who is willing to foot the bill to restore it to full working order (which would have to be better than it was befo...     read more
Voice of Reason
NOLA 
2/26/2007 If the architect's wife wants a monument to her husband then she should build one. It should not be done at the expense of the revitalization of a neighborhood or at the expense of Holy Cross who will own the land. The very design of the building m...     read more jeanne Marie Jean
New Orleans, LA. 70122 
2/26/2007 This church has been abandoned by the Archdiocese since the Flood. It was a nightmare to maintain prior to that event.

To me it is far more important to the community that a church not wanted by the Archdiocese be removed in order for Holy ...     read more
Morwen Madrigal
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Without Holy Cross our area will not recover. Recovery has come to almost a complete stop. My mom and I moved back shortly after K. and are back in our home. Mom was the Cabrina school nurse for 47years. We desparately need H.C. and if that means tea...     read more PATRICIA CHATHAM
N.O.La. 
2/26/2007 To reiterate a point... why exactly are people fighting for this wretched scar of a building, when nobody is fighting for a church being torn down for condos in a historic neighborhood that did not even flood?

http://squanderedheritage.com/...     read more
Jon O. Noble (HC '95)
Washington, DC 
2/26/2007 At this time rebuilding is more imprtant than debating any historical significance. We have an opportunity through Holy Cross to revitalize this area. Without them we are looking at many more years of decay and the building that some are trying to ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 As a 1995 Holy Cross graduate, I'll proudly say that Holy Cross is a historically vital part of the city. When Katrina hit, my initial concern was for my family in New Orleans... not only those related by blood, but those in the Holy Cross Family. ...     read more Jon O. Noble
Washington, D.C. 
2/26/2007 There neutral ground is wide and there is sufficinet space tp build a replica of the church. I urge FEMA to consider this appropriate mitigation for a 40 year old building.

I envision a historic memorial with multi-colored lights (similar t...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Gentilly Resident 
2/26/2007 After reading most of the comments concerning this property I am convinced that what the area most needs is an elementary school that teaches proper grammar and spelling. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 For 56 years I have lived one block from Cabrini and am a parishoner. My mother and father were original parishoners who raised the funds to build the church. I am in a trailer since 02-'06 in front of my Corps of Engineers destroyed family home. Wh...     read more WILLIAM YURT
NEW ORLEANS, LA. 
2/26/2007 Seems to me that the "fabric" of the neighborhood is crying out for this brick and concrete "stain" to be drycleaned out, if you review most of the comments here by those either in the neighborhood or of the parish... Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 I am not a mean person. I am a life-long New Orleanian who wants a vibrant and healthy city.

If you live in the neighborhood, I will be happy to hand deliver an invitation to the party. The champagne is on me.

If you live out of s...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Gentilly Resident 
2/26/2007 There is no reason this architecturally significant building cannot be saved. The process the Archdiocese used to ram this sweetheart deal through was a sham from the very beginning, and I say this as one who attended the earliest meeting at St. Pius...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I think that Holy Cross would be the perfect catalyst in order to revitalize that area of New Orleans. I say tear down the church Spencer Farmer
New Orleans, LA  
2/26/2007 Mr. Breland, your comment just about sums up what many who advocate allowing the Holy Cross project to go forward as planned have suspected all along--that the controvery is less about the actual SFC building and more about the loss a few years back ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 "The people here did not support the cabrini Church parish before"

And that apparently includes you --

"The church parish was weak, compared to adjoining ones so we became members of St. Pius X. parish I still live in the neighborh...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 I have been catholic all my life. My family moved into Cabrini Church Parish in about 1986. The church parish was weak, compared to adjoining ones so we became members of St. Pius X. parish
I still live in the neighborhood.

The area so...     read more
David Flotte
6309 Bertha Drive New Orleans, LA 70122 
2/26/2007 FEMA,
PLEASE DO FALL VICTIM TO THOSE WHO WISH TO IMPEDE THE PROGRESS OF OUR RECOVERING CITY. HOLY CROSS WILL BE A MUCH NEEDED SHOT OF ECONOMIC MEDICINE FOR OUR SLOWLY RECOVERING NEIGHBORHOOD AND CITY.
WHILE THE DESIGN OF THIS BUILDING MAY HA...     read more
ALCIDE J. TERVALON, JR.
 
2/26/2007 There is nothing historic about 55 year old stucco. Progress is esential for NO post K. A new school in my neighborhood instead of a dump is progress.

FYI- HC currently has over 20 acres.

It is going to be nice to watch the stucco ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Gentilly Resident 
2/26/2007 Dear Living in Gentilly,
You are a horrible, insensitive person. I hope you don't represent Holy Cross.

"The wrecking ball is coming. It's almost time to pop the cork. Progress - A Great Day For A Great City. Long Live A Revitalize...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 The Archdiocese is presenting this as an either/or, yes/no, black/white, demolish or leave town issue. We need to step back and take a more circumspect view of the situation. There must be a compromise solution. The building is unique and easily adap...     read more Ramiro Diaz
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 The wrecking ball is coming. It's almost time to pop the cork.

Progress - A Great Day For A Great City.

Long Live A Revitalized Gentilly!!!



Name redacted at request of author
Living In Gentilly 
2/26/2007 It is my view that people who are supporting the restoration of the Cabrini Church has not offered to buy the property or pay for the restoration. If your neighbor had the notion of forcing you to repair or change your property the way he or she want...     read more Tammy Shilstone
New Orleans, La. 
2/26/2007 I was a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church before the storm and I am planning to return to the area. Holy Cross is something the area needs. Tear down the church and let Holy Cross begin with it's rebuilding. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 We have enough landmarks. What we need is institutions like Holy Cross that builds children into men. Forget about material things and think about the spiritual things. Holy Cross builds something our children need in this day and time - character...     read more Robert J. Hanrahan
Madisonville, La.  
2/26/2007 KEEP IT! It's bad enough we lost the Rivergate because of past incompetent mayors. Keep this building. Robert H. Breland
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 I think it would be shameful if FEMA held up the redevelopment of this entire neighbourhood because of the possible historical value of this property. What good does it do to save this chuch if the neighborhood around it becomes abandonded and blig...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 The decision to sell the property to Holy Cross as a vote of the parishoners of St. Francis Cabrini. This was not a decision made by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The vote was the results of a natural disaster and what is best for the parish and t...     read more Frank Falgoust
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I am a former parishioner - please tear it down. Name redacted at request of author
new orleans, la 
2/26/2007 Just the facts:

The debate is over a building, not a church, which is inefficient and obtruding the developement of 18 blighted acres.

Both the owner and buyer of the property want it demolished.

The building is neither his...     read more
Brian Kitchen
Metairie, LA 
2/26/2007 I have been an active member of St. Frances Cabrini's parish for over four decades. My grandchildred went to both St. Frances Cabrini and Redemeer Seton schools. My children and grandchildren were baptized, confirmed and married at the church. I ...     read more Lucretia Briscoe
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 Immediately after Katrina, hope and our future in New Orleans were uncertain. Eighteen months later we are on the mend in repairing our home and business. My wife and I are from New Orleans and see the revitalization of the Cabriina Church and Redeem...     read more Chuck Sabadie
Slidell, La. 
2/26/2007 I am saddened that so many of my neighbors are eager to tear down St Francis Cabrini Church. I want Holy Cross to come, but I do not understand why the church must be destroyed, in order to make way for the new school. There is more than enough land ...     read more Kathy Thompson
New Orleans, La 
2/26/2007 We are trying to rebuild in this area and need others to do the same. I do not think that saving this church would help the rebuilding and repopulation effort. In fact just the opposite is true; tearing it down so that Holy Cross can build is the w...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Metairie LA 
2/26/2007 The church was a poor functional design from the beginning & Holy Cross obviously feels that to save & try using a disfunctional building is a money pit & lost cause. The community & the city of N.O. need Holy Cross to be on this site to bring ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans,LA 
2/26/2007 Please allow Holy Cross to develop this site into their new campus by allowing them to demolish Cabrini Church. Holy Cross will be an excelent neighbor and would revive the neighborhood. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, La 
2/26/2007 I was married in Cabrini Church, my son went to the school. I support the tear down of St. Frances Cabrini Church and school. I lived in the neighborhood at the time of the storm and am in the process of remodeling my home and moving back to the ne...     read more Myrna Briscoe Keys
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 allow the owners to proceed so that redevelopment is possible in the area! randy conn
metairie 
2/26/2007 I live in this neighborhood - rebuilt my house and moved back. And those asking to save this church are asking me to personally bear a burden that I would never ask of someone else. The archdioscese has made clear that it lacks the funds to properl...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I, too, grew up in Cabrini Parish and was a member of the parish when the church was build. Although I was young at the time, I, too, remember the roof being a maintenance nightmare that was the recipient of many Sunday collection basket proceeds. ...     read more Denise Pilie
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 If it is between keeping a dead church in much need of repair, with no parishioners, or demolishing the church to make way for a new school that will help revitalize and bring life into the area, get rid of the church and let Holy Cross move in!!!!!!...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 How's this for a compromise? The "Friends" of Cabrini (mostly those swinging in orbits in the Curtis & Davis solar system that is the New Orleans architectural and design community) can have the building free of charge...if they can raise the money ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 Please allow the demolition of Cabrini Church in order for the new HolyCross High School to be built. What made that building a church is LONG gone and we are doing no harm in providing a place for boys in our parish to go to school!!!

Tear...     read more
Melissa Rafael
Jefferson, LA 
2/26/2007 My wife and I were married in this church. Please tear it down! Name redacted at request of author
Kenner, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 I support the tear down of St. Frances Cabrini Church and school. I grew up in the church and attended both Cabrini and Redeemer-Seton and I lived in the neighborhood at the time of the storm and plan to remodel my home and move back to the neighborh...     read more Marianne Bertucci
New Orleans La 
2/26/2007 A great Church! A great tradition! A great place to worship God! A great neighborhood! A sad day in the history of the Crescent City! A great site for the development of boys to educate them to develop their minds and soul in the Catholic tradition. ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 It is time that we start thinking about the current students of Holy Cross and stop the delay in providing them with appropriate facilities in which to attend school. These young men have gone to school in Baton Rouge at night for 3 months, at Cabri...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 I grew up in St. Frances Cabrini's parish. I went to school there, baptized my son there, got married there and worked there for a total of 15 years. I still lived in the church parish at the time of the hurricane. I am hopeful and prayerful that the...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, La 
2/26/2007 Let's move the building slab by slab to Banks and Carrollton where it will receive the care and attention it deserves. I understand there is a school near there that could donate the space and resources. Simone Perrin
Terrytown, La. 
2/26/2007 I grew up in St. Francis Cabrini Parish. The original church was a Quonset building back in the early 50's. When the new church was built we used to say it looked like 3 sewer pipes with a steeple. Whoever decided this church was architecturally sign...     read more Ellsworth J. Pilie, Jr.
Metairie, La. 
2/26/2007 HOW RIDICULUS---HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE DEAD NEIGHBHOOD....IT NEEDS LIFE AND A CONCRETE CHURCH FROM THE 50'S IS IMPENDING GROWTH...WHEN WILL WE EVER LEARN....TEAR IT DOWN TODAY !!!! Name redacted at request of author
new orleans, la 
2/26/2007 This is a modern building and should not be placed in the historic registry. Holy Cross should be able to use FEMA funds have the church torn down and rebuild their historic school. It is vital to this neighborhood. If the church stays, without Ho...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 The Catholic Church wants it demolished. The neighbors want it demolished. The Holy Cross people want it demolished. Who is offering to pay for its restoration? Sam Traficano
Lafitte, LA 
2/26/2007 Please tear this building down! I am not a displaced New Orleans native and am tired of our culture being destroyed saving damaged buildings. It's bad enough what Katrina did to us, but please spare us of this former church. Name redacted at request of author
Harvey, LA 
2/26/2007 OUR FAMILY HAVE BEEN PARISHIONERS OF ST FRANCIS CABRINI SINCE 1976. THE MAINTENANCE IS TOO COSTLY FOR A CHURCH. I VOTE TO TEAR IT DOWN AND GIVE HOLY CROSS THE OK TO BUILD THEIR SCHOOL. RITA DEAN
METAIRIE, LA 
2/26/2007 If the City of New Orleans tore down the historic Rivergate by the same architect for a gambling casino, then surely St. Frances Cabrini Church can be torn down for the sake of educating children. Where are our priorities in New Orleans?

Th...     read more
Rodney Thoulion
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 Please do not tear this building down! I am not a displaced New Orleans native and am tired of our community being destroyed saving damaged buildings. It's bad enough what Katrina did to us, but please spare us of this former church. Name redacted at request of author
Gretna, LA 
2/26/2007 I lived in N.O. in the 1980s and went to a wedding at this church, I think. I saw a picture of it on GOOGLE image search. It is a most unattractive example of early 60s pap that passes for architecture. If no one wants to pay for it or fix it, tea...     read more Cullen Hoyle
Joplin, Missouri 
2/26/2007 Please do not tear this building down! I am a displaced New Orleans native and am tired of our history being destroyed. It's bad enough what Katrina did to us, but please spare this historic church. Name redacted at request of author
Waukegan, IL 
2/26/2007 My son is a student at Holy Cross High School. When the decision was made to relocate the school to this location rather than the Kenner site, I was pleased. Holy Cross has a long history in New Orleans and I was glad the decision was made to stay ...     read more Terri Lytle
Metairie, La. 
2/26/2007 This Church has historical and architectural significance as an award winning architectural design, and should be restored since it was not structurally damaged by Hurricane Katrina. It could be integrated into a compromised design for the Holy Cro...     read more Wallace Treme
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 Why would the federal government ignore the separation of church and state in this issue? The Catholic Church deemed this building as no longer a "Church" and therefore, it is no longer a "Church." The Catholic Church in New Orleans has stated that...     read more Joseph Kearns
Tyler, Texas 
2/26/2007 We need to get our priorities straight. To leave 500 young men in this post-Katrina limbo in order to preserve a building is wrong. We all had ideas and dreams before Katrina that are no longer possible. I thought my son would attend Holy Cross on...     read more Karen Thiebaud
Gretna, LA 
2/26/2007 I was a parishoner of St. Frances for the 8 of the last 10 years and my family was started there. The community, church and school were always struggling to survive, as New Orleans is now. Who will be there to support the Church now? In order to rev...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 The Cabrini Church Building is a unique and important architectural artifact of 20th century New Orleans. Its unique use of material and design makes it an important architectural landmark, and the difficulty of recreating such a structure today make...     read more Mark Folse
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Right now, what that neighborhood needs most is a school to revive it and bring people back. I grew up on Prentiss right across from Cabrini school and church. I went to church there every Sunday as a child. I can understand why people are fightin...     read more Melissa Rhode
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 My wife & I were married in this church. Her family had lived in the parish since its beginning. Her mother would still be there had not Katrina(read the fed gov't) ruined her house.

This intestigation is based on the selfish concerns of arc...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
River Rdge 
2/26/2007 I grew up in that parish and have always found the "rocket ship" very sterile on many levels. It was cold, boxy, big, leaky, accoustically uneven, just distractingly strange! It is not an archetectural jem, but an albatross that will drag the once ...     read more Suzanne C Malochee
Tickfaw, LA, formerly New Orleans 
2/26/2007 We were among the founding families who established St, Frances Cabrini Parish. During World War II, while serving in the U.S.Coast Guard, we lived in military housing called Bienville Homes, near DeSaix Blvd. This is now the property of L.S.U. Den...     read more George D. Probst Sr. and Virginia Probst
 
2/26/2007 In response to the article in the Times-Picayune:

I am a seventh-generation New Orleanian who, at the age of 31 years old, CHOSE to leave the city to marry a Frenchman and live in France.

I was born a raised around the corner from C...     read more
Claire GONZALES SIMON
Massy, FRANCE (a suburb of Paris) 
2/26/2007 It is inconceivable how one building of questionable historic relevance can be used to block the rebuilding of an entire school with much more history and the recovery of an entire neighborhood. This is Big Brother government at its worst. This issue...     read more Thomas Long
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Why tear down the church just to build another one for Holy Cross. The schools (Cabrini and Seton) are of no historic value and can be torn down to build a knew school for Holy Cross.

All of those wanting to tear down everything and build n...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Panama City FL 
2/26/2007 Tear down the old cabrini church and make way for a new school to make way for improvement for our youth. Name redacted at request of author
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 Please tear it down! It's an uwful site to look at. Hailey
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 This has been drug out long enough. As painful as it is to lose the historic place on Dauphine that we love, our young men need a new home. Please do what's right by tearing down a church that will never be of use again in the future. It is impera...     read more HC Family member
Belle Chasse 
2/26/2007 I am a preservationist and a believer in keep what is uniquely our in New Orleans. But I have always found Cabrini Church an eyesore. And it is less than 50 years old! There are so many buildings older than that that were lost. New Orleans has enough...     read more Jon A. Russo
Paris 
2/26/2007 Please tear down the building. While it holds spiritual memories for many, it will not be used as a church saving the building will not reopen the Catholic parish. As to its architectural importance or obvious lack, few including locals had ever he...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 Tear Cabrini down! It must go to bring people back and the ecomony. Evelyn Dubois
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Tear Cabini Church down. If it is saved their won't be anyone in the neighboorhood to look at the historic structure. Any tourist will have to ride thru a blighted area to gaze at it. Bring the ecomony back by tearing the chuch down. Even the cat...     read more Ruth Long
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I am not an alumnus of Holy Cross or a parishoner of Cabrini but do live on Paris Ave and am keenly interested in the state of our neighborhood. After reviewing the information put forth by all parties I must conclude that the demolition of this buil...     read more Greg N
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I am somewhat confused as to why Holy Cross is willing to spend 23 million to rebuild Cabrini/Redeemer Seaton instead of 19 million to rebuild their beautiful campus. My son had just started attending Holy Cross when Katrina struck. We were visiting...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Terrytown, LA 
2/26/2007 The Cabrini Church should be torn down in order to bring back the neighborhood and bring back economic development.

Tear in down!

Cherie
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I am an architect from New Orleans, and am very familiar with the church. I do not believe that the issue is whether to demolish the building or not, the issue is, if FEMA feels that the building should be redeveloped with the new High School then FE...     read more T. L.
Metairie, LA 
2/26/2007 Dear Mr. John Doe,
It appears that now on this last day for comments, we are making up names in order to get in the last word. And actually, all this time it was possible to submit fake comments just to make the "other side" look bad. But, hope...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 They should tear it down and build the school Henry Wilson
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 please tear down cabrini church and rebuild Holy Cross high school in its place. We need to get things back in order so the Holy Cross brothers can continue to make an impact on the community. REBUILD!!!!!! david
LA 
2/26/2007 Tear it down, FEMA. New Orleans is full of impressive historical structures. This is not one of them. There is always sad sentiment when we lose something that we have become accustomed to; however, we must move forward. Holy Cross is willing to ...     read more Larry J. Landry, Jr.
Houston, TX 
2/26/2007 Our family lived two blocks from the church. The best hope for the neighborhood is to start new with Holy Cross. I am sorry for people who have memories there but we all have memories of our pre-Katrina lives. Tear it down, build new, move on. And yo...     read more Nancy Wagner
Covington, LA 
2/26/2007 tear down down cabrini church and rebuild holy cross high. john doe
 
2/26/2007 Tear down Cabrini Church and rebuild Holy Cross High assholes!!!! Ki Fung
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 There is so much injury and destruction in New Orleans. The loss of Cabrini Church which is my home church and my home parish seems almost too painful to stand. However, sometimes there have to be sacrifices made to maintain life. If the church ca...     read more Leisa Reinecke Flynn
Tallahassee, FL 
2/26/2007 I have driven by this church and seen the surrounding area. I think it will help the neighborhood as a whole if this church is torn down to make way for the new high school. If it is possible to relocate the church to another area then that should ...     read more Derrick Rogers
Waggaman, LA 
2/26/2007 A community includes all of the people and structures in it, and should be considered as a whole. The whole community of New Orleans will suffer if Cabrini is torn down. The uniqueness and historic character of New Orleans could not have come about w...     read more Shiloh Moates
Covington, LA 
2/26/2007 There is little left to preserve. It is time to move on and rebuild. I am a resident of the Cabrini neighborhood and would like to see the old, damage and outdated structure removed to make way for a community rejuvinating school.

Who is go...     read more
Charles Sule
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 I oppose the demolition of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church. With so much of our heritage destroyed by Katrina it makes no sense to destroy more. The church is a survivor of our worst catastrophe and as such should be seen as a symbol of hope. T...     read more Charles Curtis
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 I do not understand why Holy Cross cannot build and Cabrini Church be preserved. Appears that HC is taking a hard line to me. They may be helping the area but their motivation to be there is for their survival too. Certainly, they have a better ch...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Covington, LA 
2/26/2007 I say get on with the rebuilding of New Orleans. I thought the motto was Recover-Rebuild-Regrowth so once again LA and especially New Orleans are holding up the recovering and rebuilding of our city, from Katrina, Are we to stay in this mode for ever...     read more Caarole Smith
Harvey, LA 70058 
2/26/2007 Please tear down the Cabrina Church. Help to rebuild the Holy Cross community. let the renovation of Holy Cross begin so that the brothers of the Holy Cross order can further their mission of educating both the heart and mind in the New Orleans commu...     read more Jonathon Smith
Austin, Texas 
2/26/2007 St. Francis Cabrini Church has been in disrepair for many years. The roof has leaked for the past several years and other maintenance issues have been costly. At this point in time, the city does not need another damaged building to contend with. ...     read more Denise Keogh
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 "religiously offensive church."

What does that mean?
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 My family home is located two blocks away from St. Francis Cabrini-Redeemer Seton property in Oak Park. We have owned the house since 1951. I was baptized, made by First Communion, Confirmation and was married in St. Francis Cabrini Church. I have...     read more Cynthia Conn Swindler
New Roads, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 It is a life [the education of children] or death decision[maintaining a defunct structure, in every sense of the word]. As a resident of NO for many years, whose family came here in the 1800s, I have a respect for tradition and architecture, but no...     read more Mary Collins
New Orleans, La. 
2/26/2007 I fail to see how the future of Holy Cross, the most significant school in New Orleans, could be jepordized by an historically insignificant and religiously offensive church. Holy Cross graduates have been leaders in New Orleans and the world for ove...     read more Paul Cascio
Notre Dame, Indiana 
2/26/2007 "Because if it is, all the emotional & nostalgic feelings that this controversy has stirred up might destroy our neighborhood's ONLY chance of getting a revitalized school & church."

But we're not getting a church! The Cabrini parishioners...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/26/2007 This is the kind of foolishness that has delayed the rebuilding of New Orleans far too long already. My family attended the church. But, life goes on. Tear it down and get on with things. Thomas Harmeyer
Gardner, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 Before Katrina I lived 1 block from the church (for 10 years). I has absolutely no historic value and should be torn down to allow for the restoration of the entire area. I see no reason to keep this building. James Fiorenza
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 After reading Jane Katner's well-worded & well thought-out comment, I was appalled to see 2 personal attacks on her,obviously by the entities/people mentioned in her posting. They take away from the Friends of Cabrini's credibility by lashing out irr...     read more Ms. Katner's Neighbor
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Why is FEMA or the government interested in a Church? I thought seperation is what everyone desires. Why then is FEMA meddeling with the rights of the Archdiocese of New Orleans (and for that matter every Catholic in the diocese's) property? The Arc...     read more Daniel Pistorius
New Orleans, La. 70124 
2/26/2007 I recall that Holy Cross' purchase agreement stated that if Cabrini Church is NOT demolished, that they have the option to cancel the sale. Is that still the case? Because if it is, all the emotional & nostalgic feelings that this controversy has sti...     read more Cabrini neighbor for 50 years
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 Too costly to maintain. tear it down and let progress go forward. Holy Cross School will help revitalize this area. Progress requires change and innovation. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/26/2007 Let the church be demolished. What would become of the site if HC did not decide to relocate there? It would continue in a state of disrepair. No one cared about this issue before HC decided to move there. Please allow the school to continue its prog...     read more John W. Wirstrom
San Antonio, TX 
2/26/2007 The church was a Grand Church at one time. Now the plumbing and the heating system are all bad. It is a nightmare and a very costly one. Name redacted at request of author
la, place, la 
2/26/2007 Hideous then and now. Compromise: keep the structure, replace that tired, cliched, uninspired roof. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 My family and I think the school should be able to take down the church. As already documented by the Archdiocese of New Orleans the church was a "money pit" to keep up and running,and people who belong to the church parish, which many have been with...     read more Keith Gioe and Family
Arabi, Louisiana 
2/26/2007 I consider myself open minded and appreciate modern architecture, but the survival of New Orleans as a whole is more important than a single church. We often attended mass at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church and I have no lasting memories of the bu...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Austin, TX 
2/26/2007 Post modern or not, it was never a functional building. The building roof leaked from the time it was built and maintenance cost were rediculously high. Preservation should be about architecture and buildings that uplift and improve the quality of li...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Metairie, LA 
2/26/2007 what's impotant to note is that the age of the church is representative of the neighborhood and blends with the architecture in the surrounding area, which was developed from the 40's to the 60's. holy cross school wants to tear down the church becau...     read more preston browning
new orleans la 
2/26/2007 Being a former parishioner, but, being more interested in preserving the Catholic aspect of Catholicism, I strongly promote the unique
Most Holy Trinity concept of this historically "modern" designed church. It is, however, imperative that the f...     read more
Helen G Turner
Mandeville, LA 
2/26/2007 Why waste precious tax and private dollars to renovate this building? Hasn't there been enough waste of time and money? Why not use those resources to do something useful and positive?

This was our family Parish for more than 20 years. We l...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Amite, la 
2/26/2007 Iti is interesting to note there was a large interest in property after HC move was annonced. With delays a lot of folks (4 families that I personnely know) who were comming back are no longer comming back. Any more delays will kill the deal and th...     read more Thomas Miller
New Orleans LA 
2/26/2007 St. Fancis Cabrini has been a part of our family - school, Christenings, Confirmation, and Weddings, Christmas Midnight Mass - Our entire family - cousins, aunts, uncles we all have wonderful memories of happy times. As much as I would love to see th...     read more Barbara Schayot
Metairie 
2/26/2007 Holy Cross School is a historical New Orleans institution and needs to stay in New Orleans, in a place less likely to flood than their previous site. We would like our son to attend the school and hope for it's progress to continue with their plans ...     read more James Koehler
New Orleans. LA 
2/26/2007 Many structures and institutions precious to us were lost to Hurricane Katrina. But they are lost. It is time to move on from the dear past of this church into the future of our city and it's rebirth. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/26/2007 You are changing the rules during the game. If this building is a historic landmark, as FEMA says, why are you giving it that designation NOW instead of before when it was built. Do not give it now just becasue someone wants to do something with. ...     read more Ed Stucke
Metairie, LA  
2/26/2007 Because of the grass root efforts to save St. Frances Cabrini Church, the Friends of Cabrini have been labeled as obstructionists, despite the fact that we explicitly endorse the newly planned Holy Cross campus. Had it not been for us, Cabrini would ...     read more Marillyn Haydel Brou
Gentilly new orleans 
2/25/2007 My family and I attended cabrini church on sundays, and was very dissappointed seeing very few attend. My family and I think the church should be torn down asap, make wave for the future of the community, with holy cross building on this site would ...     read more Cheri Bourgeois
 
2/25/2007 There is a sense of hope and excitement with the possibility of Holy Cross relocating to the old site of the Cabrini Church and school. This will truly help jump start the neighborhood. It is fitting that such a historical order, The Brothers of Holy...     read more keith bourgeois
st. rose 
2/25/2007 This is the finest example of architecture of that era? There is a reason that this style of architecture never became more significant or prevalent in the City during the last 43 years. It is not particularly attractive and has numerous design fla...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/25/2007 Holy Cross is a much more of a historical landmark than Cabrini church ever was! The church is about 40 years old and has almost no historical signifigance. In the late 1850's Father Moreau wrote to Brother Vincent Peau ( who at that time was at Sain...     read more Max Miranne
New Orleans 
2/25/2007 There is no finer example of this style of architecture in the entire city of New Orleans. To tear down a structure of this quality is to tear down a part of this area's history. In 50 years, when people are wondering why there is no example from t...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/25/2007 I can easily imagine that it is very sad to see a building torn down that a friend or colleague designed or built. I understand that the leadership behind the preservation of the ruined structure that served St. Frances Cabrini parish is fueled by t...     read more Peter Kulakosky
New Orleans LA 
2/25/2007 I have to echo the sentiment that Holy Trinity is so much more worthy of being saved than SFC...and not just because I was baptized there. I'm not full of myself enough to think that makes the building historic...LOL. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/25/2007 My family and I lived 5 blocks from St France Cabrini for 53 years. My mother taught at Cabrini and I attended school there and St. Joseph Academy. I too have fond memories of both. But the buildings have nothing to do with my memories. I would much ...     read more Pamela Ortego
New Orleans, LA 
2/25/2007 Holy Cross' move to Gentilly is welcomed with open arms by the residents of the community. Not allowing Cabrini church to be removed (please remember too that since it's origin been problem ridden) is a complete shame. It's necessary to the Oak Park ...     read more Gretchen Schneider
New Orleans, LA 
2/25/2007 I am writing today to argue for the demolition of the building that once housed St. Francis Cabrini. I have been following this case feverishly since the beginning, and I would like to share a few points I have noticed. I am not an alumnus of Holy Cr...     read more John Starr III
New Orleans, LA 
2/25/2007 There are some definite uses for the former church that everyone could enjoy. Whether or not the structure is "art" or "historic" is debatable. Having seen the building myself, it does have qualities that strike me as being unique and beautiful, an...     read more William Hippler '03
Metairie, LA 
2/25/2007 Go save this!!! This is history not a 43 year old building! Allow Holy Cross to contiune with it's plans for 5500 Paris Ave by demolishing the Cabrini building.

http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/frontpage/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1172387267260630...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/25/2007 Please, let's move on! We hope and pray for Holy Cross to continue its education (Boys to Men). This could be energizing for the area and for Orleans parish. There are many that want to make this work! There is a lot of support for this to h...     read more Lou Carboni (HC '68)
Metairie, LA 
2/25/2007 I am in favor of the Holy Cross plan for the Cabrini site. They are commited to the education and faith development of our youth. They are also long-time members of the community. What better way for the Lakeview neighborhood to move forward and revi...     read more Bridget Suire
Baton Rouge 
2/25/2007 As a property owner in the Lakeview area now living in Baton Rouge, I say yes to the Holy Cross plan for the Cabrini site. We need to move forward in re-building this once vibrant neighborhood. I would hate to see, as someone suggested, a Walmart or ...     read more Mary Malloy
Baton Rouge 
2/25/2007 FEMA lets get our heads out of the sand and look at reality!!! Holy Cross is a respected member of this community. They are willing to take on the dilapidated structure that some are trying to save (for what?, for who?). Have you personally taken ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/25/2007 Mr. Henri Fouroux,
Your comment really isn't that good. I think an answer would be get an education, get a job, buy a house, pay for what you want. The projects should be torn down, food stamps ended, unemployment checks ended. How can the leeche...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/25/2007 I wonder why alot of the comments to save the church are from people that live out of town, like Baton Rouge, etc. Is the destruction in our area to much for you and your family. I live in it along with family and neighboors. Let the demolition begi...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/25/2007 I am a graduate of Holy Cross High School and also attended Cabrini Church. I live accross the street from this church and have for several years before the storm. I approve of the demolition to allow Holy Cross to build on the site. I am rebuilding ...     read more kris bourgeois
new orleans 
2/24/2007 This church is in the process of being demolished, an it's in a actual historic neighborhood that did not flood, and yet no one cares about it.

http://squanderedheritage.com/2007/02/24/demo-du-jour-valence-st-church/
randall fox
new orleans 
2/24/2007 If the city is about the business of rebuilding,and Holy Cross wants to rebuild in our neighborhood, and there are not enough parishers to have church, I SAY demolish the church and move on. E. F. Compton
 
2/24/2007 If you want to save truly beautiful architecture and a historic church go save this,
http://www.neworleanschurches.com/holytrinity/holytrin.htm

Let us rebuild our neighborhood by allowing Holy Cross to demolish the building at 5500 Paris...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/24/2007 RE: The Public Notice link.

If you use Copy and Paste, copy the link line to its end. Do not stop at the end of "43". For some reason if the entire line is not copied part of the link will be cut off.
Clayton Joffrion
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 The Public Hearing Notice may be found at:


http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/Fema106/readnotice.asp?NoticeID=43

If the link does not work, please copy it to your address bar in your web browser
Clayton Joffrion
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 I live 2 blocks from the site. My wife is a long time resident of the neighborhood. My wife and kids have been baptized, as well as, receiving several other of their sacraments from the church. Her father's funeral was also held at the Church. As...     read more Paul Hood
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 Luisa Dupry,
Perhaps if you are really concerned about New Orleans, you can purchase one of the many hundreds of homes for sale in this neighborhood. Then you might have a say in this matter.

Gentilly property owner 
2/24/2007 FEMA, a City like New Orleans that relies so very heavily on tourism should be extremely sensitive to the International perception that during a time of recovery tearing down a building with the status of Cabrini would be considered, much less allowe...     read more Luisa Dupry
Paris, France 
2/24/2007 Please allow Holy Cross to be a neighbor in Gentilly. As the Sister put it, a new school will breathe new life into this neighborhood.
Elysian Fields New Orleans 
2/24/2007 What is the status of the public hearing that was scheduled for February 26? Has a time and location been set? Thanks. Judy Welcker
 
2/24/2007 If you are going to blame the friends of cabrini for holding you back, you have problems. Get a life , KAtty lady Name redacted at request of author
new orleans 
2/24/2007 Your a wacko, Ms. Katner. Name redacted at request of author
new orleans louisiana 
2/24/2007 As a Cabrini graduate and neighbor, there are memories of weddings, graduations, baptisms, etc., but nothing compares to the need for revitalization in the neighborhood. The relocation of Holy Cross should strengthen the resolve of many residents to...     read more Peter J. Frey
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 Demolish the wrecked, outdated, leaking structure and provide the surrounding community a new lease on life...not an anchor around its neck. Byron Q. Iverson, Jr.
New Orleans 
2/24/2007 Please remove the eyesore currenty remaining at 5500 Paris Ave. It is evident the owners want to remove it. It is evident a purchaser is willing to buy the entire plot of land only. No one will invest in the property if a dilapidated building rema...     read more
 
2/24/2007 FEMA, I can't for the life of me understand why people would put their "lives on hold" for this amount of time waiting to see whether or not something like HC is going to come to fruition. If you love your neighborhood and you have faith in that n...     read more Paula Victor
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 What insenses me is people don't see the connection between preserving all buildings regardless they be private church structures or public housing. Rich white catholics will perservere, still poor non-whites, (black, latino, asian and so on) are hav...     read more Henri Andre Fourroux III
New Orleans LA 
2/24/2007 It's a sad state when a 47 year old structure (too inefficient in design and size to be affordable to maintain and upkeep) takes precedence over the lives of homeowners wrecked by Katrina. I personally hold Friends of Cabrini, Verderber, and David Vi...     read more Jane Katner
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 FEMA, Cabrini has not outlived it usefullness. Do not allow the demolition of Cabrini. Name redacted at request of author
Glaeser, LA 
2/24/2007 FEMA, in answer to "What would Jesus Do?"

Jesus would encourage a group of volunteers to rebuild what was damaged. Jesus would teach on the levees. Jesus wouldn't be asking for FEMA money to build a sports complex accented by classrooms.read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 FEMA, I would prefer a Whole Foods or Walmart to Holy Cross. More traffic coming into the neighborhood. More tax dollars generated and no federal money for a private school.

There is no "concrete" reason for tearing down Cabrini.
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 FEMA, I do not think that it serves Holy Cross to ask people to honor its historic past when asking for Cabrini to be torn down. I understand why they don't want to be in the 9th Ward but that doesn't justify their moving here and tearing down part ...     read more Cecilia Hartnet
New Orleans, LA 
2/24/2007 New Orleans needs Holy Cross High School to help the young men of our community get a good christian education, one where they will learn morals as well as information for a lifetime. New Orleans needs men of good character and intelligence to bring...     read more Name redacted at request of author
River Ridge, La. 
2/24/2007 I remember standing on my front lawn with the neighbors watching the old Cabrini Church burn down. I also remember going to mass in St. Joseph's gym for a while after that. I also remember the new church being built. I didn't like it then & I still d...     read more Prentiss Ave. Lifelong Resident
New Orleans, LA 
2/23/2007 As both a practicing Catholic and a current Holy Cross parent, I cannot help but wonder, "What would Jesus do?" What is he thinking as he looks down from heaven upon all of us? Do we not hear his messages throughout the Bible teaching us accumulati...     read more Claire Billings
Luling, LA 
2/23/2007 St. Frances Cabrini Church is a historical part of the Gentilly area and should be saved to provided the community with a sense of hope and home. The parish should be allowed to rebuild the church with the insurance funds. If Holy Cross wishes to bel...     read more Amelia Hatheway
New Orleans, LA 
2/23/2007 FEMA, while I agree that the Gentilly neighborhood suffered great damage I do not agree that Cabrini sustained enough damage to warrent it's destruction. What greater tribute to the approximately 1700 people that lost their lives than a quiet place ...     read more Maris Landon
New Orleans, LA 
2/23/2007 The neighborhoods surrounding the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church suffered catastrophic damage when the levee walls failed after the area was hit by Hurricane Katrina. These neighborhoods are in dire straits and are in desperate need of help in or...     read more F.J. Madary, Jr.
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/23/2007 You're right...It's not Holy Cross COLLEGE--not at all; it's Holy Cross HIGHSCHOOL. I was thinking back to the days when boys high school were frequently calles "college." Thanks for point it out, and for your viewpoint. Sister Jane Aucoin, csj (formerly Sister Aloysius)
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/23/2007 Oh Dear! is Sister confused by the names? Holy Cross College and Holy Cross School?

Please consider what she said.... try to work things out. Continue the dialogue. There is room for both Holy Cross and the "building" formerly known as "...     read more
Lila Dale
New Orleans, LA 
2/23/2007 My roots in St. Frances Cabrini Parish are deep and strong. I had the privilege of serving as principal of the school when it opened in 1953. Later, in the 60's I served as principal of St. Joseph Academy, which later became Redeemer Seton High Sch...     read more Sister Jane Aucoin, csj (formerly Sister Aloysius)
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/23/2007 I support the demolition of 5500 Paris Ave and rebuilding of Holy Cross School. I think at this time it is more important to do everything in our powers to rebuild the city so more and more people can move home and make it a better place to live. S...     read more Christine Dahle
Austin, TX 
2/23/2007 I support the demolition of Cabrini Church to make way for revitilization of the Gentilly neighborhood.
New Orleans Lakeview 
2/23/2007 Mrs. Hartman, in your diatribe you described HC supporters as being cronies, isolationists, fools, fakes, ridiculous, bias, morons, racist and acne faced. Your descriptions are directed towards people who are of the opinion that a 47 year old structu...     read more Chalmette.
 
2/23/2007 I support the demolition of 5500 Paris Ave and rebuilding of Holy Cross School Name redacted at request of author
Denham Springs, Louisiana 
2/23/2007 FEMA, Wooden Boat enthusiasts and owners are preservationists. We see the beauty in older design that would be prohibitively expensive to replicate today. We preserve the beauty and rail at the mechanics because the engines don't perform like today...     read more Helen Clark
New Roads, LA 
2/22/2007 Right on Maria, as an actual preservationist whose home was flooded to the roof in Lakeview - yes it is a "new" home(50 years old), it was not destroyed, because the Mississippi gulf coast was destroyed, not New Orleans- I agree with you on most of y...     read more Name redacted at request of author
new orleans, louisiana 
2/22/2007 Ms Clark,

I guess this rant is directed to me.
I fully understand the value of mahogany. Although I don't condone the destruction of the pews, I also know that many people have lost much more. Not pews but HOMES and lives as they ...     read more
G Raynal
 
2/22/2007 WOW, the "Friends" of SFC must be desperate at the final hour b/c you guys are getting RUDE!

This is the most childish thing I have witnessed in a long time! Can't believe the people saying they want to save a CHURCH are throwing around the...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/22/2007 The ravages of Katrina didn't impact Cabrini enough to tear her down. If Cabrini were structurally unsound I would promote tearing her down. Cabrini should not be demolished because of inconvenience.

Cabrini can and should be restored. Ma...     read more
Helen P. Clark
New Roads, LA 
2/22/2007 Please allow this structure to be removed. It appears many want to preserve not a building but a legacy or youthful memories. FEMA can not undo the ravages of Katrina but FEMA can provide hope to those of us who are despretly waiting for something ...     read more G Raynal
 
2/22/2007 I THINK THAT THE CHURCH SHOULD STAY IT IS A HISTORICAL FIGURE IN ALL OF THE CHILDREN WHO ATTENDED ST. FRANCIS CABRINI ELEMENTARY AND THE RESIDENTS IN THE PARISH THAT ATTENDED THE CHURCH REGULARLY. I THINK THAT THE CHURCH SHOULD STAY IN ORLEANS PARIS...     read more KALIN CREIGHTON
NEW Orleans, LA 
2/22/2007 SAVE THE CHURCH... THIS IS MY SCHOOL AND I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO REMEMBER IT BY... THE CHURCH WAS A PLACE IN WHICH WE ALL GATHERED AND STILL SHOULD BE!!! Miles Baquet
New Orleans, LA 
2/22/2007 Don't be shy, say what you think, I think Cabrini should be pulled from the clutches of greedy ignorant people. Sheesh! No wonder people fly in, get a few good drinks, some great food and fly out. Who would want to live with such dumb b***s. The ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/22/2007 Please get your head out the sand & lets stop wasting more time & money.If the Archdiocese does not want this property,that should end it all. Paul Preau
New Orleans 
2/22/2007 In spite of all of the emotional diatribes posted on this site many people in the Lakeview, Lake Vista, Gentilly area want the church to stay. A small group of people, led by Clancy Dubos, the publisher of Gambit Magazine and the Director of the sit...     read more Maria Hartman
54 Crane Street 
2/22/2007 Dear Ms. Katner

It is very ridiculous that you are advocating for the demolition of a building in a neighborhood that you abandoned.The neighborhood had water up to the rooftops of the houses and it will take years for it to recover, it do...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
new orleans louisiana 
2/22/2007 Dont be dumb!!! SAVE ST.FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI CHURCH !! Look at the crap we got after tearing down the River Gate..Holy Cross can build a wonderfull school while saving Cabrini. Lets see Holy Cross use their brain and create someting worth while . adam shur
new orleans la 
2/22/2007 Please fema make the right decision in order for Holy Cross to rebuild. My house was destroyed in Katrina, it had to be torn down. As sad as it was, that was the best thing to happen. Now all I want is a school for my son to go to. He has been in...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/22/2007 I would venture a guess that Mrs. Sifuentes and the majority of the other "international" posters have never actually laid eyes on the SFC building, and have garnered all of the information they have on the structure from what they have read in archi...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/22/2007 As a fellow architect I see the importance of historical architecture, this however is not about great architecture but about great children. This wonderful city needs our help as professionals to move froward. Lets not hold on to buildings that won'...     read more Paula Neston
Burbank, CA 
2/22/2007 With all due respect to Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Frederick, and the families of all of the other members of the design team that worked on the SFC church building's design in the early 60s...just how much more do the wishes of those who now actually deal wit...     read more Bret Carreras
New Orleans 
2/22/2007 Holy Cross will never build another place of worship on the Cabrini site that will take away from their master plan, especially when it involves training facilities and sports programs. Here's a no-brainer-- revamp your master plan to include the ch...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Mandeville, LA 
2/22/2007 Empty church, brand new school full of children - which makes more sense? Tear down the church Name redacted at request of author
Burlington, VT 
2/22/2007 Dear Ms. Katner:
It seems absurd for you to blame the Friends of SFC Church for the GROSS NEGLIGENCE and over 1600 deaths caused by the United States Army Corps of Amateurs (oops, Engineers). How dare you blame those seeking a compromise with Hol...     read more
A Concerned Citizen
New Orleans 
2/22/2007 FEMA, Cabrini is known throughout the world. Check the international posts. It is sad that "foreigners" have a greater appreciation for architecture than the "throw away" society in America.

I.M.Pei's glass pyramid at the Louvre shows that...     read more
Lisa Sifuentes
Lisboa, Portugal 
2/22/2007 Please use common sense in making this decision. Your choices are to either build a school to educate the children of New Orleans or worry about some building that is not even use? New Orleans is full of famous historical sites. Until now, no one ...     read more Heather Thompson
Encino, CA 
2/22/2007
We lived in Oak Park for 37 years before Katrina struck. We both worked at UNO-my husband for 40 years and myself for 15 years. We strongly support the relocation of Holy Cross School to the site of Cabrini Church and Redeemer and Seton. Besid...     read more
Curtis and Sue Outlaw
New Orleans, LA 
2/22/2007 My family has been personally affected by this process and the delay in allowing Holy Cross to demolish the Cabrini Church site. At present we have decided not to rebuild our demolished home in Oak Park because of the lack of businesses and neighbors...     read more Jane Katner
New Orleans, LA 
2/22/2007 What would have happened to this property if Hurricane Katrina had not occured? From all the discussions I have heard the building was costing the archdiocese huge sums of money to keep it habitable because the parishoners were not able to maintain i...     read more Don Murphy '70
Kenner, LA 
2/22/2007 The fact remains that the immediate neighborhood has the best chance to rebound with success if SFC church remains AND Holy Cross becomes its new neighbor. Why must FEMA's decision be framed as an either/or proposition? FEMA has been unfairly put in ...     read more Cabrini Church Supporter
New Orleans 
2/22/2007 To all those concerned on both sides of this issue I feel as though you may have missed something. As I think back to my first full day at Holy Cross September 1965 three weeks after Betsey and of my last summer 1969 the year of Camille I feel as tho...     read more Ronald T. Casey jr. "69"
New Orleans Louisiana 
2/22/2007 Never mind Mairlyn Landiak
Gentillly 
2/22/2007 There have been no postings for 10 days. Is this site shut down? Marilyn Landiak
Gentilly 
2/22/2007 As a native and resident of Orleans Parish, a company owner and employer - I urge FEMA to do what ever is necessary to insure that Holy Cross can rebuild on the Cabrini Seton Property. I have driven past the property and taken a good look at the chur...     read more Ronald T. Casey Jr.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70131 
2/22/2007 FEMA, my late husband Hamilton Frederick was part of the design team at Curtis and Davis and I can assure you that neither "Buster" Curtis, Ham Frederick, Sydney Foltz, Arthur Davis, Val Dancereaux nor any of the other archtitects involved were ravin...     read more GeorgiAnne Frederick Brochstein
Marble Falls, TX 
2/22/2007 FEMA: Please consider tearing down the building at 5500 Paris Ave. Although I appreciate non-returning, non-residents of the New Orleans metropolitan area weighing in on this subjecet, this is a matter that needs to be settled in the best interest of...     read more Barry Uhle '72
 
2/21/2007 The Friends of St. Frances Cabrini has consistently supported and welcomed Holy Cross School to locate their new campus on the 18-20 acre site that it has chosen. The only thing we have ever asked is that the church maintain its present location on ...     read more Frances Curtis
New Orleans, LA 
2/21/2007 Develop the site using the HC school plan. Gentilly needs the growth. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/21/2007 Let HC rebuild. Ask yourself what that area needs more a old damaged church or a new quality school opening to teach out youth. Go Tigers George H. Abercrombie
Houston, Tx 
2/21/2007 Please allow whatever means needed for Holy Cross to build a new school at the site of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church at 5500 Paris Ave Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/21/2007 Please allow for the removal of the former St. Frances Cabrini church building so that Holy Cross can rebuild a beautiful new campus in its place. There is a reason there aren't more examples of this type of architecture. Besides its well-documented ...     read more Kenneth R. Stein '93
Houston, TX 
2/21/2007 I very well may be completely ignorant, when it comes to revolutionary polymers now available at the neighborhood home depot, that could solve the 44 year old problem of a leaky roof at sfc church. I am having difficultly in establishing weither or n...     read more non-architect
 
2/21/2007 This is a repost after reading many of the comments on the sfc demolition. My original opinion was to raze the building, and after reading comments, my position is still to raze the building. It does not appear that many of the supporters of saving t...     read more Michael Wilbert
 
2/21/2007 As a Texan and a former hostess to refugees from Katrina I resent very much the implication that we have no say in this. We fed, clothed, sheltered and sent donations to the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Some of my neighbors drove to Houston to help...     read more Marcia Williams
Austin, TX 
2/21/2007 All of you who have attacked the church's leaking roof as a disaster itself for the past 44 years are 100% ignorant of the recent polymer-based sealants on the market --on the shelf at home depot in fact--that are specifically designed to combat leak...     read more Architect
New Orleans 
2/21/2007 This church is not a historical example of what "should be," but of what "should never be." It was ill-conceived from the beginning. Please ask any Cabrini congregational member about the terrible expense of operation and maintenance of this church...     read more Norman Whitley
New Orleans, LA 
2/21/2007 It's always good to hear from the the Texas delegation! Thanks for the "eye opening" contributions ya'll present.

Please remove the structure so NEW ORLEANIANS can re build.

 
2/21/2007 Would someone please tell me if property (even damaged) is so inexpensive that you can buy 20 acres for 1 Million dollars? If that is the case somone needs to get that info out and you'll have investors from all over the country. Name redacted at request of author
Houston, TX 
2/21/2007 FEMA, no federal money without preservation. Lisa Watkins
Austin, TX 
2/21/2007 I was born and raised in this City and went thru the Hurricane. Nothing only 50 years old in this City should be considered Histoical unless something earth-shattering occurred there. This is just a building in the post-modern style and should be t...     read more Eric Pickering
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/21/2007 It is time to be realistic. If Holy Cross does not move to Paris Ave, that property will not be developed. The church will not be repaired, it leaked before Katrina. The Cross was leaning before Katrina. Holy Cross is the only chance that some typ...     read more New Orleans Family
 
2/21/2007 FEMA, just toss all the negative and disrespectful comments that have nothing to do with "Saving Cabrini" or "Saving Students of Holy Cross" and base your decision on facts and merit. you are in the unenviable position of teeing off lots of people ei...     read more Helen Clark
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 
2/21/2007 There have been some SFC supporters that are condemning HC supporters as being inconsiderate, mean, hateful with the things they are saying .... before you open your mouth you might want to go make and read some of your inconsiderate, mean, hateful, ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/21/2007 Is it just me, or are an increasing number of the "Supporter of SFC" posts beginning to read like the script for that Mel Gibson "Conspiracy Theory" movie? The Archdiocese, the Holy Cross family, the City, the Oak Park and Vista Park neighborhood as...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/21/2007 Talk about incensitve--sfc-I did tear down my house! Our memories stayed with us along with a few trinckets we salvaged. They hang on the wall of the new house we built so we could get on with LIFE and our children can have a bright future. Danny Hrapmann
New Orleans 
2/21/2007 As a 40+ year resident of Gentilly, I am more interested in the recovery/rebirth of my neighborhood than I am in saving one building, less that 50 years old, no less. If Arthur Davis and the "expert" archictects are so interested in preserving the b...     read more Louvin Skinner
New Orleans 
2/21/2007 St. Francis Cabrini should be torn down. It is not a national historical landmark. It is not being used as a place of worship, and has no future. It is just a building. The community however has an opportunity to rebuild around the wonderful insti...     read more Michelle Weaver
Metairie, LA 
2/21/2007 Carolyn and LaDonna,
You are posting on the wrong site. We need to use this link http://www.arch-no.org/


 
2/21/2007 A church, temple or mosk is a community, not a building, not a school and not a specific location. We as a city, a neighborhood, constantly tear down the old to make way for the new. HC plans to tear down buildings to make way for a new school, a n...     read more Michelle A. Groome
Metairie, LA 
2/21/2007 FEMA, the alter and baptismal fonts were irreplaceable pieces of Carrera marble. If Holy Cross shows the same respect for the neighborhood they've shown for our sacred objects then we are doomed.

Save Cabrini and save us from the lies. Lit...     read more
LaDonna Zucker
New Orleans, LA 
2/20/2007 Regarding the demolition issue of St. Frances Cabrini Church at 5500 Paris Ave., it is my opinion that it is necessary to remove the church building to allow our neighborhood to make much needed progress. I lived across the street from this church al...     read more Michael Wilbert
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/20/2007 Danny Hrapmann, your comments were totally inconsiderate! Just tearing it down for some people is like asking you to tear down your house...it is a hard decision for all involved! Be more Christian next time in your responses and consider the feel...     read more SFC Parishoner
 
2/20/2007 I saw the inside of Cabrini Church. Very little damage. The gold dome over the Risen Christ was clean and bright (no mold) So were the Stations of the Cross on the walls. They appeared to have not even been touched by the water. Many of the pews were...     read more Carolyn Scanlan
New Orleans, La 
2/20/2007 remove the building, honor the memories, GET ON WITH LIFE!!!

HC grad & dad SFC alum & original parishoner
Danny Hrapmann '75
New Orleans 
2/20/2007 FEMA...Cabrini needs to be inspected to determine whether or not we are being told the truth regarding the amount of damage sustained during Katrina. We have a right to know the truth. If the building is sound then it shouldn't be damaged any furthe...     read more Lisa marie Haven
New Orleans, LA 
2/20/2007 Please allow the building at 5500 Paris Ave to be removed and a memorial to the church be erarcted on the median of the Street Name redacted at request of author
 
2/19/2007 Please allow Holy Cross to move forward. Let the demolition proceed and the rebirth begin. Jan White
Marrero, LA 
2/19/2007 It is time for ARNO to admit it made a grave mistake to start to demolish Cabrini Church. Its repeated claim to have followed "due process" in reality it was a sham from the start, a classic example of a hidden agenda thinly veiled. Holy Cross is no ...     read more SFC Supporter
New Orleans 
2/19/2007 FEMA, I believe to two can coexist even if some don't believe they can coincide. I believe Cabrini should be repaired and I believe that ARNO should have to cough up the bucks since ARNO didn't pay for the insurance, the parish did. Oh, that's righ...     read more Lisa Gilliland
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/19/2007 FEMA, ARNO may have no choice in the matter if letters going to Vatican force Vatican Intervention. It wouldn't be the first time an Archdiocese got its hand slapped. Remember BOSTON and the Boston Council of Churches?

ARNO may have to kee...     read more
Marcia Lynn Rodriguez
New Orleans, LA 
2/19/2007 ARNO said it will not reopen the church = done deal.
ARNO said it will not use insurance monies to fix building = done deal
HC has stated it will not utilize the building in it's design = done deal

Stop begging for the two to coincid...     read more
Michael Breaux '91
New Orleans 
2/19/2007 I would like to say that the church should be torn down. I understand that the church meant alot to some of the residents in the neighborhood, but I would like to propose the question: if Holy Cross does not build there then who will? I respect every...     read more Alex Lew
New Orleans, LA 
2/19/2007 I don't see the architect who designed the church offering to step up and pay for its renovation. The arch-dioceses of New Orleans has refused to rebuild the church. They are going to let the church fall down. Father Maestri supports Holy Cross ta...     read more Ryan Lee
Kenner, LA 
2/19/2007 Much of the debate over St. Frances Cabrini church appears to center on the architectural merits of the building. Louis Sullivan, the architect who drew up the plans for rebuilding much of Chicago after the Great Fire, said "form ever follows functi...     read more Judy Welcker
 
2/19/2007 FEMA, Don't forget that John Skilling's involvement with this church is worthy of mention. Shall we have a third work of Skilling destroyed? The first two were the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center. While destruction by terrorism is d...     read more Michelle Garica
Sacramento, CA 
2/19/2007 I first attended mass at the Cabrini Church in 1985, at that time the vaunted pre-stressed concrete roof was leaking. The leaks were never fully remediated.
The cross has lain on its side since the storm; none of the preservationists cared eno...     read more
Sean Frederick Conroy
 
2/18/2007 This forum is getting to be pointless. Most of the information here is base on rumors, or it start rumors.

I just heard today that Holy Cross expelled 3 students for posting on this forum. Is that a rumor that was started becuase of this f...     read more
Chase Terrier
Louisiana 
2/18/2007 As a 7-year parishioner of Cabrini, I know that the financial support was not there to maintain the building before Katrina. Where will it come from now with so few people back in the area?

The neighborhood is in dire need, with all residenc...     read more
Marie Jeanne
 
2/18/2007 FEMA, In spite of the fact that Cabrini's detractors question its significance "it is what it is". It is a building eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. It was not so damaged by Katrina that it is not salvageable. Cabrini can an...     read more Mary Alice Kennedy
New Orleans, LA 
2/18/2007 national landmark quality? are you kidding? less than 50 years old and falling apart before katrina. go tilt at someone else's windmill, don quixote. tear it down
 
2/18/2007 Take a minute and compare the proposed Trump Tower project in the CBD with the outcry to save the national landmark-quality SFC church. In the Times-Picayune this morning an article was published on the planned 70-floor tower, to be built on Poydras ...     read more SFC supporter
New Orleans 
2/18/2007 FEMA, there is fear in some of those supporting Cabrini being preserved. Social fear, fear of personal harm, fear for one's children and fear of Holy Mother Church. Now Orleans is a very Catholic City and opposing a policy put in place by the Archdi...     read more Luisa Marie Chalmers
New Orleans, LA 
2/18/2007 I am a Holy Cross graduate who sports their move to Gentilly. The neighborhood is clearly in need of some catalyst to truly begin its rebuilding, and I believe Holy Cross to be a perfect fit. Brandon Lee
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/17/2007 It's very simple: 1. save the building (and therefore save the money it would take to tear it down) 2. use the insurance money for what it was intended - to renovate the church 3. co-exist with Holy Cross on the same campus. St. Martin in Metairie ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
metairie Louisiana 
2/17/2007 Save the church. The archdiocese can never build that large of a facility that large again for the cost of repair. Save it, and rent it out for all the ring masses, graduations, concerts that tthey use to have there. While Holy Cross would be great...     read more Kathy Walsh
 
2/17/2007 Why do so many people, pro and con, wish to make their comments anonymous? As a Holy Cross supporter in favor of the demolition of the Cabrini building, do you fear repercussion from FEMA or your neighbors? Irma DiVincenti
Gretna, La. 
2/17/2007 I want to go to Holy Cross the school - not Holy Cross the trailer park. The school will probably take more than a year to build. Tear down the church and let them build. There can be many more tigers like me. Ben Piazza - Future Tiger
Kenner, LA 
2/17/2007 This has been an eye opening experience for me. I now realize that about twelve people wholeheartedly care about preservation of New Orleans buildings. I base this on the other 106 notices for Louisiana listed beneath this one. This is not to create...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/17/2007 It seems to me that people have lost sight of the purpose of this forum. We need to voice our opinions---our well-informed opinions---about whether or not Holy Cross should be built on the current property that the Cabrini Church occupies. Personal...     read more
 
2/17/2007 Holy Cross moving into this area is the best thing that could happen to all of us. It would revive the neighborhood as nothing else will. I my opinion Cabrini Church hardly qualifies as a historic structure and it's beauty is highly questionable. I ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/17/2007 Would either side have a problem with both co-existing on the same property? If Holy Cross is "supposed" to revive the area, then there will be reason to keep the church for both the community and the school. At Holy Cross's last campus one of the ...     read more
 
2/17/2007 "My family will continue going to mass either at their parish church or at Holy Cross when they have mass."

So here's another family who has no plans to move to our neighborhood. Tell me again how you are going to "revitalize" the neighbor...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/17/2007 I forgot to reiterate to our SFC community that, though the church is now only a building (having been deconsecrated in Sept. 2006), our PARISH of St. Frances Cabrini is still active. We the church are still a church at this time. Please join in assi...     read more Jonelle Foltz
Gonzales, LA 
2/17/2007 Dear FEMA:
I question the use of this method of gathering information. You have provided a means for nothing more than a BLOG, which, unfortunately in many cases, has drawn some very poisonous comments and arrows thrown in both directions. I woul...     read more
Jonelle Foltz
Gonzales, LA 
2/16/2007 We lived on Chamberlain Drive for 17 years, a block from the church. The steeple of the church was my daily view from my back yard; even after tropical storm Cindy left the cross hanging (before Katrina), the cross was never repaired by the parish o...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans,LA 
2/16/2007 You are right, there is too much ignorance in this city. Why can't a compromise be worked out? Answer: ignorance. HC is blind to the value of keeping Cabrini. That's sheer ignorance. An Architect
New Orleans 
2/16/2007 In the Mid 1800's, over One Hundred and fifty years ago, a few priests and brothers arrived in New Orleans to establish an educational institution. Instead, there was a more immediate need for the City of New Orleans. There was a yellow fever epide...     read more Robert L. Judge Class of 1981
Lafayette, LA 
2/16/2007 Katmandu,

A little to much urine in the coffee this morning?
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/16/2007 This forum has become useless. There is no accountability and people are multi-posting whatever they want. This whole exercise has driven me to the attitude that you can keep your destroyed church and keep the destroyed neighborhood as is. Maybe y...     read more Useless Whiner
Katmandu 
2/16/2007 FEMA, if Mr. Olson and other Holy Cross parents are willing to pay for their school why do they need FEMA?

We need FEMA to tell them they can't tear down our church. If the church is spared I am confident the money to repair and maintain it ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/16/2007 I think it is best for the long-term future of Holy Cross and Gentilly to tear down the buiding. It would be nice to have a replica of the building displayed on the Paris Avenue neutral ground.

I think the "Friends of Cabrini" should shift...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/16/2007 You are incorrect. The church and school grew because of the virant neighborhood not the other way around. Even though the area was vibrant before the hurricane the number of parishiners had diminished to the point that the parish was in debt and w...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/16/2007 i think that the church should stand and not be demolished. Jarred Joseph
New ORLEANS 
2/16/2007 I find it hard to believe that someone here posted that those opposed to the demolition have been disrespectfull of the Holy Cross proponents. Considering the volume of posts denigrating those who wish to keep the Church. We are all supposedly Christ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/16/2007 THE HONEST ANSWER from 1 out of the 1399 HC families. My family will continue going to mass either at their parish church or at Holy Cross when they have mass. Holy Cross has been having masses on their campus in the gym, under the oaks, on the leve...     read more
 
2/16/2007 I think is is great for Holy Cross to relocate on the Cabrini grounds. Holy Cross is a wonderful school and I hope to send my son there in a few years. This is a great asset to the community especially for rebuilding the city Jill Sigur Guastella
Slidell, LA 
2/16/2007 I grew up in St. Frances Cabrini Church. Attended school there. Received the Sacrament of Confirmation there and met and made many wonderful friends in the process. Those friends will always be friends. However the time has come for the building...     read more Phillip Bellini
New Orleans, LA  
2/16/2007 Can I ask why you are concerned about where the Holy Cross Students and their families attend mass? Name redacted at request of author
 
2/16/2007 As a Holy Cross parent I am very concerned. When Holy Cross announced that it needed to relocate we the parents where asked our opinion of where we should go. Hands down the great majority said stay in New Orleans. From it's beginning over 125 years ...     read more Roy Olsen
New Orleans, LA 
2/16/2007 I live in the Cabrini neighborhood. I feel that the majority of the people in this neighborhood feel as I do. WE WANT HOLY CROSS!! Please help us out and the neighborhood out, tear down the church and let Holy Cross build their school.
 
2/16/2007 PLEASE SOMEONE WHO HAS THE HONEST ANSWER, please advise where the 1400 H.C. students and their families will be going to Mass. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/16/2007 I am not a Cabrini parishoner and I do not have children. I love New Orleans architecture and history, and Cabrini is simply a structure that has outlived its usefulness. We all live in a new reality, and we have to
look at land and buildings i...     read more
Beth Amadon
New Orleans 
2/16/2007 PLEASE SOMEONE WHO HAS THE HONEST ANSWER, Please advises who would be responsible for the rebuilding and maintenance of the Cabrini building? Name redacted at request of author
 
2/16/2007 FEMA, Cabrini should be allowed to stand because it is a remarkable building architecturally. Someone asked whether we trust or have faith in the Archdiocese...no we don't. When the reunion mass was held in September we were allowed into Cabrini for ...     read more Jennifer Delahousse
New Orleans, LA 
2/16/2007 This diatribe of hate is deplorable. The Friends of SFC continually insult and denigrate HC. I have seen multiple attacks and insinuations that Holy Cross is colluding with the ARNO to steal the 4.5 million in insurance money.
And some of the...     read more
John Keats
New Orleans, LA 
2/16/2007 In an area that has been decimated by Hurricane Katrina, the chance to have a High School with the reputation of Holy Cross in our neighborhood will have a positive impact on our community. It will stimulate the resurgence of our subdivision and wil...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, La. 
2/15/2007 I am sorely disappointed that the parishioners aren't willing to do the best for gentilly and let a wonderful institution like Holy Cross come in and revitalize what is no more. Cabrini parishioners aren't present in the numbers that once was, the c...     read more patrick cassidy
kenner. la. 
2/15/2007 I would never berate or demean a Parishoner of St. Francis Cabrini church. I am sorry that some of our Holy Cross supporters may have let their emotions get out of hand.
Some of the Church Preservationists have said some real mean thing...     read more
John Persson, Class of 1963
Kenner, LA 
2/15/2007 Hey, everybody, it's Random Acts of Kindness Week. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 Gina, I haven't read many post stating the building is collapsing. I have read post that state the building was problematic since construction. The fact remains that the ARNO has decided not to re-invest money into the SFC parish. That is the ARNO...     read more HC Parent
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 FEMA, send in some structural engineers to evaluate the condition of Cabrini. I am confident that it still has its structural integrity. If inspections show that to be true it will expose once and for all the fraud that has been perpetrated. Cabrin...     read more Ginni Vargas
New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 The SFC supporters have been playing a serious game of catch up from the start of this controversy--it remains a highly skewed, unlevel playing field. Why have all the facts been spun in the Archdiocese's and Holy Cross' direction? Follow the trail...     read more An Architect
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 The level of ignorance on this issue is appalling and an embarassment to all HC supoprters. How many of you have been in the church since the storm? Zero??? Why am I not surprised? You are idiots for not realizing that the church survived Katrina in ...     read more SFC Supporter
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 FEMA, Keep Cabrini from being torn down. One would think these are the only students in New Orleans that deserve to be educated. Is it only those that go to Holy Cross that deserve new and bright beginnings? Naomi Fitzgerald
New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 This has gone on long enough. Make a decision so everyone can move on. Holy Cross needs to rebuild--NOW! I would love to see my sons have the opportunity that I did. Going to a wonderful school, getting a great eduation and having friendships tha...     read more Nick Piazza '83
Kenner, LA 
2/15/2007 FEMA in response to those who claim that the Church and City were not destroyed, tear down the building and make way for progress. Both were substantially damaged. The destruction is of such magnitude that it has had enormous impact. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 FEMA The church was not destroyed. The city was not destroyed. Both Cabrini and New Orleans can rebound. It's all about money and its all about taking advantage of the parishioners of Cabrini. They didn't leave the church or the parish. The chu...     read more Naomi Fitzgerald
New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 As a Holy Cross parent I am appalled that anyone would try to stop the building of a new school for our children. This church was destroyed by a hurricane. This city was destroyed as well. Our city officials and anyone else with influence must do wha...     read more COURTNEY VEAZEY
KENNER LA. 
2/15/2007 As a Holy Cross parent I am appalled that anyone would try to stop the building of a nwe school for our children. This church was destroyed by a hurricane. This city was destroyed as well. Our city officials and anyone else with influence must do wha...     read more COURTNEY VEAZEY
KENNER LA. 
2/15/2007 Mrs. Braden,

You are very close to Texas. Maybe you should move.
James Jones
 
2/15/2007 So the SFC supporters demand nothing short of the complete preservation and renovation of the entire former church building, rejecting anything short of that goal.....and condemn the Holy Cross supporters for not being willing to accept and in part p...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 FEMA, I hope that you will keep Cabrini from being destroyed.

I have never seen such a disgusting exhibition of behavior in my life. I am ashamed to live in the same state as these repulsive individuals.

People that behave in such ...     read more
Beverly Braden
Shreveport, LA 
2/15/2007 The notion that Holy Cross parents should foot the bill to repair and maintain Cabrini Church is ridiculous. If I sell you my home should I then expect you to allow me to continue living in the home that you purchased and in addition expect you to p...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 I have a compromise suggestion that I think will work.

There is a wide neutral ground on Paris Avenue. This space can be used by the "Friends of Cabrini" to construct a replica of the original buiding. After 100 years, the replica will be h...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 FEMA, Save Cabrini from the wrecking ball and champagne corks. I will say it. Cabrini is an important piece of architectural history. It should not be torn down. If keeping Cabrini from being torn down keeps Holy Cross from relocating then so be i...     read more Eliana Luisell
New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 THe church should be demolished. Without schools and churches we can never fully recover. I live across the street from the school and remember how wonderful it was to see children coming and going in our neighborhood. Currently we have no schools...     read more Danille Taylor
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 "When the idea was originally proposed and agreed upon, it was totally different. There was compromise then.

If you toured a house with the intention of buying and agreed what would stay in the house and what would be done by the seller, th...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 Please let Holy Cross rebuild at this site. It is important to the future of our children/ family members. Name redacted at request of author
METAIRIE, LA 
2/15/2007 The wrecking ball will strike.

In August - Gentilly will welcome a new neighbor. Holy Cross will replace 20 acres of blight.

A great day for a Great City!!!

Progress, Progress, Progress.......

I can't wait to pop...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 What possible adverse effect could result from demolition of a severely blighted property that will no longer be used for its original purpose to make way for a school that wants to invest in the future of our children and the surrounding neighborhoo...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 I was looking for information and not a free meal. I love the attitude you show for your ex neighbors. No wonder chruch attendence was so poor. Tom Miller
Prentiss Ave New Orleans, LA I say hello to all 
2/15/2007 Sarafina Williams if ain't published it is just a rumor. Rumors are not facts. I could say that I heard it on the street that they are going to tear down all the houses in the area to make way for a "". Would that make it true. State facts only n...     read more Tom Miller
Prentiss Ave New Orleans and living there! 
2/15/2007 FEMA, please save Cabrini so that if there is ever a dinner event the people there will say hello to Mr. Miller. Was he invited to the event? Did he buy a ticket? Did he say hello first? Because he perceived a snub he wants to tear down the church....     read more Pamela Williams
New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 Interesting that those referring to themselves as "Friends of SFC", no matter where on the globe they may hail from, are all calling for "compromise". "Just compromise," they say. "That's all we're asking for." What exactly are the two opposing po...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 FEMA, your duty is to determine whether going forward with the Holy Cross project will adversely affect Cabrini. Tearing down the building is a pretty dramatic testament to adverse affect. The double talk from both the Archdiocese and Holy Cross is...     read more Sarafina Williams
New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 Pamela Williams why were you locked out of the church? Did you at that point protest? Put up signs? Start a writing letters to the editor? Organizing a group to get the doors opened? You did nothing other than complain. Before Katrina did you ev...     read more Tom Miller
 
2/15/2007 I have been reading all the posts for days. Most of the complainers are not even in the city. Maybe HUD should come in and turn the church into a community center and the rest of the land turned into projects. So now all you complainers can then d...     read more
 
2/15/2007 Tear down the building. Those seeking to save the building do not share the same agenda. Preservationists only care about the structure even though it is of flawed design and severely damaged. They do not care whether building is a church or a hot...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 Rather than putting money into a building that will be used to it fullest extent you want to put money into a building that neither will hold church services for the community or will bring the neighborhood back that do not live in. I have never lef...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 Open hearts and open minds can open doors.

Save Cabrini
Michelle Villegas
Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 Please demolish this building. Contrary to belief in France and Texas, tearing down a severely damaged building that is both an eyesore and a danger to the surrounding neighborhood will not impact modern architecture or the Catholic faith in either ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 I think the idea of using Cabrini as a performing arts center in the new Holy Cross plans is a win win situation. Education is extremely important. Music and the arts(that includes architecture) are also extremely important.

The decision d...     read more
Lesley Clark
Austin, TX 
2/15/2007 FEMA and Mr. Miller, We cannot save when we have been locked out. We cannot save when we have had the insurance money stolen from us. We cannot save if the Archdiocese is successful in drowning out our voices. Pamela Williams
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 I suggest that those who live around the church now, take a vote and then take action on what the "real" neighbors not somebody in Paris FR. or those who will never return to the neighborhood. Do not make us pay for you unrealistic wishes, when you ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans,LA 
2/15/2007 If this building was so important why hve none of you done anything except whine when somebody else takes action because of your inaction. If you want to save the ugly building you should have done much more than whine. Tom Miller
New Orleans,LA 
2/15/2007 FEMA, it is imperative that this remarkable structure be preserved. You must know that Michel Ragon, top authority in France on the history of modern architecture, says that the loss of this building would cause grave prejudice to the history of mod...     read more Lucille DeLeon
Paris, France 
2/15/2007 I speak in support of the idea promoted by the Friends of SFC that Holy Cross and St Francis Cabrini Church can comfortably occupy the same site. Both are important; both can and should be preserved. The debate so far shares a lot with many other b...     read more James Dart AIA
New Orleans/New York 
2/15/2007 It is truely sad to see how many people do not trust their religious leaders. The fact is the Archdiocese made public the meeting they had scheduled with Holy Cross and the parishiners. I'm sorry that everyone did not attend church at the time and ...     read more Holy Cross Parent
 
2/15/2007 To FEMA-Tear down the building for no other reason than it is blighted property.
To Preservationists-Surely there is a better example of mid century architecture in New Orleans. If this building were truly a "masterpiece" its merit would not be ...     read more

 
2/15/2007 An education is an investment in the future of our children and a church is a community not the building in which it is housed. Everyone involved needs to look past the buildings and the anger and come to a compromise that will provide for all. Mov...     read more Mardelle Groome
Harahan, LA 
2/15/2007 How would you like to have your Parish's $4.2 million flood insurance payout stripped away from you?? How would you like to have someone try to shut down Holy Cross without any due process?? How would you like to be a victim of institutional arrogan...     read more A SFC supporter
New Orleans 
2/15/2007 It's time for us to look forward and preserve our most valuable resource:our children. Remove the existing church and build a vital link to education that will be a catalyst for this neighborhood. The existing church is not well constructed, and ha...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/15/2007 I am a proud parent of a Holy Cross student. We asked our son after Katrina hit if he would like to change schools so that he would be in a "normal" learning environment. His response, "NO WAY!" He said Holy Cross is his home and Holy Cross is whe...     read more A PROUD Holy Cross Parent
Harvey, LA 
2/15/2007 The former church is no more historical than any other church built during that period. Is every Catholic church built around the time of Vatican II now eligible for historical designation? Obviously not. This is merely a sad attempt by the archit...     read more
 
2/15/2007 "so be so kind as to demolish preferebly blow it up the cabrini church"

See, this is what I mean. We're trying to extend an olive branch to you and this is what we get back.
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/15/2007 The former church is no more historical than any other church built during that period. Is every Catholic church built around the time of Vatican II now eligible for historical designation? Obviously not. This is merely a sad attempt by the archit...     read more
 
2/15/2007 FEMA, this has been misshandled from the beginning. The Archdiocese has misled the parishioners and in all probability misled Holy Cross. Holy Cross thought that there would be no objections to tearing down Cabrini and the Archdiocese tried to slip...     read more Suzanne Zoller
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/15/2007 Holy Cross has had a mission to educate young men in New Oreans for over 150 years. They have taken in the orphans and the working class boys and created men. They can no longer practically do this in their present location. My friends and family ...     read more Adele Mangipano
Metairie, LA 
2/15/2007 i agree with that guy papa bear he has very good points so tear it down for the sake of this historic school mama bear
the forest 
2/15/2007 Holy cross has 125 years of tradition and we can no longer enjoy this on our old campus.we need a secure location where we know we will be for a long time. not just some trailers in a parking lot so be so kind as to demolish preferebly blow it up the...     read more papa bear
 
2/15/2007 Restore this church completely for the community it serves and because of it's history. David Deal
Houston, TX 
2/15/2007 Later 110. Its been along time coming!
 
2/15/2007 To all members of the Holy Cross family. Please have patience through this process. Whether in trailers or in buildings, remember, the Cross is in our hearts wherever we are and however long it takes. Holy Cross Family Member
 
2/14/2007 We are an HC family who has had enough. There is a lack of communication. We are moving on to another school. Good luck to all who plans to stick it out. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 I would like to hear from more students rather than their hostile parents, especially if they are like Nicholas Nguyen. He at least said he was sorry. He sounds like a very kind, respectful person. I really mean it -- more students' comments. If ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 All we are saying, is give peace (compromise) a chance. All we are saying, is give peace (compromise) a chance. All we are saying, is give peace (compromise) a chance. All we are saying, is give peace (compromise) a chance....

John Lennon
A Cabrini Parishioner
Baton Rouge 
2/14/2007 I was very impressed by the post made by Mr. Halmos. He obviously put a lot of thought into it. And then, there it was again -- the threat. What a shame to ruin such a good message with two sentences:

"If the Cabrini site will not go thro...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 The Friends of SFC have clearly proven that both HC and SFC can share the same 20 acre site in Gentilly without any limitations to the HC intitial site plan. Why do the HC hate-mongers not understand this??? A plan is being developed for the church ...     read more Friend of SFC
New Orleans 
2/14/2007 I totally agree with a compromise which is one of my core beliefs in human relationships. Holy Cross can always keep the idea and memory of SFC alive through various means. I don't believe that this is about the actual building itself but instead abo...     read more Miklos Halmos class of '09
Kenner, LA 
2/14/2007 In efforts to rebuild, revitalize, and spur growth within New Orleans, I say remove the structures at 5500 Paris Ave. and allow Holy Cross School to move forward with the proposed construction. A school with several hundred students living in and com...     read more Gerald Raynal Jr
HC Parent  
2/14/2007 I am in total support of Holy Cross Scool's efforts to remove the existing Cabrini Church, faciitating the rejuvination of the Gentilly New Orleans area. There is no historical signifigance associated with such a young building. The pros of tearing...     read more stephen cangelosi
New Orleans, LA 
2/14/2007 When the idea was originally proposed and agreed upon, it was totally different. There was compromise then.

If you toured a house with the intention of buying and agreed what would stay in the house and what would be done by the seller, t...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 Why go to the expense and trouble of tearing down and then rebuilding a new church building, when there is already a perfectly good and beautiful one there? Name redacted at request of author
metairie Louisiana 
2/14/2007 He said if the deal is approved, Holy Cross plans to build in short order two classroom buildings and a gymnasium, WHICH COULD DOUBLE AS A NEW CHURCH FOR CABRINI PARISHIONERS.
In a novel arrangement, the school and archdiocese later would SHARE ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 FEMA, It is obvious that people are more interested in painting Cabrini supporters as those wishing to tie an albatross around HC's neck. I don't see a great number of those trying to save Cabrini asking for HC to assume the financial burden. To th...     read more Inger Lise Polk
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/14/2007 Why can't the two co-exist on the same property?
 
2/14/2007 I know exactly where Cabrini Church is located. I have been there many times but thanks for the mapquest advice. Actually, just let my fingers run typing and didn't even realize that I wrote Gretna instead of Gentilly because I work in Gretna. And y...     read more HC Parent
Metairie 
2/14/2007 The point is:
H. C. is supposedly going to revitalize our neighborhood and H. C. Parent Metairie doesn't even know where it is! I hope he/she checks with Mapquest before driving carpool. I guess I can take this to mean that this is one family...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 So what is your point Gretna, Chalmette, New Orleans, Harahan, 9th Ward, Metairie, Kenner etc. it is all New Orleans. Let the healing and rebuilding of this City begin. Let land that is not being used, no plans of being used get put to a good use. L...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 There are three points I would like to make here:
1 A church is made up of the body of people in community who worship together. The SFC church community is in tact and would be better served by Holy Cross School improving the hurricane ravaged c...     read more
James Thiebaud
Gretna, La 
2/14/2007 FEMA, if these residents are not delusional to the fact that the Archdiocese has turned their back on the Cabrini Church and Holy Cross is not given the opportunity to make something out of this piece of land, I guess I have to ask what will happen t...     read more HC Parent
Metairie 
2/14/2007 "Please help Holy Cross in building a school that will benefit both Gretna"

Wow, you Metairie people are so out of touch with the city.
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 As a parishioner of St. Frances Cabrini and a resident of the area, it is with sadness that I say we must let the site go. Our neighborhood is destroyed and our rebuilding as a community is very slow.There are very ,very few parishoners even living i...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans,LA 
2/14/2007 Holy Cross would be a great asset to the community. Let Holy Cross take over the Cabrini campus so they will have the opportunity to start over in a great location. Christine Oramous
Marrero, LA 
2/14/2007 "Good Neighbor" Please let HC begin a new 125 year tradition in a good neighborhood. Just in case FEMA does not know where HC is located it is in the 9th Ward one of the poorest parts of New Orleans, this location made me very nervous when my son co...     read more HC Alumni Parent '05
 
2/14/2007 FEMA, we are under no delusions about the Archdiocese turning its back on Cabrini and its parishioners. We know it was done. We just don't understand how they are getting away with it. I would prefer to think that Holy Cross had no part in it, but<...     read more Barbara Jean DiMeo
New Orleans, LA 
2/14/2007 IT IS EVIDENT THAT A NEIGHBORHOOD PARISH CHURCH BUILT IN THE 1960'S DOES NOT FIT A HISTORIC CATAGORY AND ITS FAULTY CONSTRUCTION (WHICH CAUSED THE CHURCH AN UPKEEP BURDEN) DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR RECONSTRUCTION. IT SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED TOMAKE WAY FOR H...     read more LOUIS J BARTELS
RIVER RIDGE LA 
2/14/2007 FEMA - Please help Holy Cross in building a school that will benefit both Gretna and young men desiring a catholic education. Ms DiMeo, Mr. Architect and the others who think it is Holy Cross resposibility to keep Cabrini Church/Parish alive have yo...     read more HC Parent
Metairie 
2/14/2007 "two acres across the street"

What two acres? Across what street?
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 Holy Cross is not the "good neighbor" you think it is. Ask their "old Neighbors" how they feel about Holy Cross contributing to the neighborhood. Holy Cross is only interested in Holy Cross. Do not let them frighten you and do not let them bully yo...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/14/2007 I have read many of the comments posted both for saving the church and for tearing it down to make way for Holy Cross. I see the passion and desires of both sides. No one wants the church they attended, got married in, baptized their children in and...     read more Brenda Snider
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/14/2007 FEMA...When did it become expedient to destroy an architecturally significant building that didn't sustain enough damage to warrent it being torn down? What possible sense can be made of tearing down a building that Holy Cross says doesn't fit into t...     read more Barbara Jean DiMeo
New Orleans, LA 
2/14/2007 My family and I will keep Cabrini church and parish alive in our hearts with over 50 years of priceless memories. Let the church go and let Holy Cross provide an opportunity for those devastated by Katrina and the negligence and neglect of our govern...     read more Carolyn Cabibi Bevinetto
Mandeville Louisiana 
2/14/2007 Give this neighborhood and young men a chance at a new begnning. Please allow the former Cabrini Church to be torn down. HC Parent
Chalmette 
2/14/2007 If FEMA decides that Cabrini remains, who will repair the property and maintain the property if the Archdiocese states they do not wish to maintain the building? Is FEMA going buy the property, repair and maintain the property? I do not want to...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/14/2007 to the coward who didn't sign their name -
let me just resend Kevin Kimberly's post
To my understanding, this is not your personal blog nor an open forum. This is a place to post your comments about the location of 5500 Paris Avenue and the...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/14/2007 FEMA, there is the question that begs to be answered. How damaged by Katrina was Cabrini? The Archdiocese has its own architectural experts that place the damage at about 20%....not the more than 50% the Archdioces is trying to pass off. There is ...     read more Adrienne Kennedy
New Orleans, LA 
2/14/2007 I could not disagree more that FEMA and the Louisiana State Historic Preservatin Office has determined that St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Unless it was designed by the likes of Frank Lloy...     read more Michael Guiden
New Orleans 
2/14/2007 I have resided in this area (approx. 5 blocks from the site) for the last 14 years. The people who are living in this neighborhood NOW (and those in the process of rebuilding) want Holy Cross here. While I agree and recognize that this is the forum...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/13/2007 I feel that there should be some sort of compromise here. I have heard talk of the Holy Cross proposal including a rebuilding of a new church for the St. Francis Cabrini Parishoners. However, I have heard that this project would be completed after ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Slidell, LA 
2/13/2007 Please let Holy Cross High School build on this site. We need to keep the school in New Orleans. Building the school on the Cabrini property will revitalize the neighborhood because Holy Cross has such a special spirit. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/13/2007 It would appear that FEMA has a monitor on the site since there have been some wicked things posted that are no longer on view. I think that FEMA can figure it out. BIG BROTHER is watching. The truth will reveal itself and Cabrini will be saved.read more Donna Jean Stripling
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/13/2007 How will fema figure this all out? With people not wanting to identify themselves, it can obviously be anyone from anywhere especially the ones who want nothing more than to see Holy Cross fail. The solution seems so obvious. These boys need a perman...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans la 
2/13/2007 To Kevin Kimberly: I guess you know all about NOLA.com!! You bashed this school as much as you claim to love it. Holy Cross needs to stay on the site it is currently located. Why can't they rebuild it like everyone else? I don't support this dec...     read more
 
2/13/2007 http://squanderedheritage.com/2006/11/21/cabrini-church/

Name redacted at request of author
 
2/13/2007 The people that want to save SFC should save it and HC should move to a new location. Let SFC have their preservation. The neighborhood will still be like it is now 10 years from now. HC please consider the Jefferson location again. Larry J Meilleur
Moore, OK  
2/13/2007 As an architect I find the Church in question an eye sore to the neighborhood. There is more historic significance, and definitely more eye pleasing histroric significance in the architecture of many homes surrounding the Cabrini Seaton property. The...     read more Anil Raj
Harvey, La 
2/13/2007 How would you like to have your Parish shut down and your church destroyed? How would you like to have the $4.2 million flood insurance payout that your Parish faithfullly paid premiums on each year for decades brazenly (probably illegally) stolen fr...     read more A Friend of SFC
New Orleans 
2/13/2007 FEMA, I pointed out that Harrah's didn't use federal money to build which seems to make some individuals uncomfortable. They can't grasp that the 106 evaluation is to determine the effect of the destruction of Cabrini...There can be no more adverse ...     read more Inger Lise Polk
Shreveport, LA 
2/13/2007 The lies continue: the most recent lie posted is that only 50 people attended mass at SFC church before Katrina. That figure is very far from the truth. Don't believe the lies. SAVE CABRINI. SFC Parishioner
New Orleans 
2/13/2007 "If HC is allowed to rebuild in the Gentilly area I know in my heart the school will be an asset to its new neighbors."

I certainly hope so, 'cause right now all they're doing is antagonizing and alienating their future new neighbors.
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/13/2007 Lest anyone (Tiger Chalmette or others) think I do not know of what I speak, I lived two blocks from Holy Cross on Douglass. I attended those pre-K neighborhood meetings to which Tiger Chalmette alludes and have been in the post-K trailers upon whic...     read more Linda Santi
New Orleans 
2/13/2007 Harrah's didn't ask for federal dollars.

The money set aside to demolish Cabrini could go a long way to repair the building.

I know...let's sue the Archdiocese for the insurance money and then take the money, repair the building and...     read more
Inger Lise Polk
Shreveport, LA (due to Katrina) 
2/13/2007 I was born in 1961 and grew up in Cabrini's parish. My family remained in the parish until Katrina (levee failure London Avenue) destroyed our home. The best thing that could possibly happen is for Cabrini church to be torn down and for Holy Cross ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
new orleans LA 
2/13/2007 What's up with such a large percentage of those calling for the preservation of the Cabrini building chiming in from Austin? Not that they don't have a right to comment just like the people who will actually be effected by the decision, of course......     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/13/2007 Dear Mrs Santi. I doubt very seriously you lived anywhere near HC in the 9th ward. If you did live near the campus you would ahave noticed many parents and staff, would spend many week ends during the school year and summer cleaning and working on th...     read more tiger
chalmette 
2/13/2007 My school needs that campus, and trying to preserve a building that isn't old enough to meet the requirments to be preserved is in the way, but i understand that the people have there reasons for battling against us, but if you see how many students ...     read more Jacob Murphy
Marerro 
2/13/2007 Please think about the children. Further delays and these children will spend their entire high school years in temporary buildings. I support architectural preservation but believe in this case we must put the needs of the children first. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/13/2007 What part of "the community isn't coming back." don't you comprehend? Even if the church rebuilds the community isn't coming back. Only 50 people attended church there before the storm, what makes after the storm so important? Not even 50 people liv...     read more Name redacted at request of author
NOLA 
2/13/2007 As a Holy Cross Alumni I was personally hoping the school woudl move to the Kenner site. I thought it would have been better for the school in the long run. After the decision to stay in New Orleans came down I was disapointed at first. However after...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Birmingham, AL 
2/13/2007 What people do not seem to understand is that this church has been deconsecrated. Even if FEMA chooses to keep the building, it would not reopen. I do not understand how this can help/revitalize a city as much as a 127 year old school. Name redacted at request of author
NOLA 
2/13/2007 I understand the love some residetn's feel for Cabrini. It has been a part of their community for many years.

It would be nice to save the church. And I contiue to hear how Holy Cross can incorporate it into their new campus, but what I ...     read more
Chris Wang
NOLA 
2/13/2007 It's settled! We could relocated the building to Oklahoma City. That way Lucinda in Houston, and the other "want to be parishioners" in Omaha, and Austin can attend services. I'm sure they are willing to fill the collection basket to maintain the ...     read more
 
2/13/2007 I lived very close to the old Holy Cross campus and can tell you through experience that, while Holy Cross talks the talk and talks it well, I always thought its commitment to neigborhood revitalization was fairly shallow. Maybe that's ok - after al...     read more Linda Santi
New Orleans, LA 
2/13/2007 FEMA, Cabrini is a wonderful "building" that deserves to be saved. Cabrini Church and its parishioners have suffered the benign neglect of the Archdiocese for too many years. It is unconsionable that the Archdiocese wouldn't grant access to those t...     read more Lucinda Willoughby
Houston  
2/13/2007 The friends of SFC church fully agree with your assertion that sometimes "change must occur for the greater good" of the city. That is why we support HC building in Gentilly--however, first we must SAVE this National Register-quality church. HC and S...     read more A SFC Friend
Austin 
2/13/2007 Progression warrants sacrifice. I understand the devotion of those for Cabrini Church because I love my church, but in a city floundering to survive change HAS to occur. Just as it was difficult years ago to clear neighborhoods to erect I-10, build...     read more David Raymond
New Orleans, Louisiana (Gentilly) 
2/13/2007 First of all im too mad to use proper grammar and spelling so please dont correct me like Isabella Mattei does. I've gone to holy cross since 6th grade and im a sophmore now. For all of you who dont know we have been going to school in trailers since...     read more Chad Mouille '09
Metiaire, L.A. 
2/12/2007 To my understanding, this is not your personal blog nor an open forum. This is a place to post your comments about the location of 5500 Paris Avenue and the future of two institutions at the site. Post your comments but this isn't a place to person...     read more Kevin Kimberly, '07
Kenner, Louisiana 
2/12/2007 The beauty of New Orleans lies in its amalgamation of centuries-old and historically significant buildings and those of recent construct such as the approximately 50-year-old St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church, significant for its time period. It wou...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Omaha, Nebraska 
2/12/2007 Let me explain my party comments.

When the wrecking ball hits, I fully intend to pop the cork on a chilled bottle of champagne. I will be celebrating the hope that the neighborhood where I live will return. I will be celebrating progress and...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/12/2007 I read a few post that says something on the line as "It is a fact that Holy Cross and Carbrini can co-exist".

The question should not be if they can co-exist, but why would Holy Cross want to co-exist with Carbrini? The design is flawed...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Gretna 
2/12/2007 FEMA, one must excuse the rudeness of the HC Alum...He neither wishes to dig into his pocket to rebuild his school nor acknowledge that he is an OAF. Another outstanding example of a Holy Cross education. my, my. I think if you read the comments ca...     read more Isabella Mattei
NOLA 
2/12/2007 Oh, I'm so glad people on the sidewalk outside Galatoire's now get to express their opinion on this subject. The hell with those of us who live here. What a joke. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/12/2007 If you live 5 blocks from the site, you should know that the materials were not sent to a landfill. How sad that you assumed that information and shared it as fact on this site. You should check your facts and not make such statements. The stained gl...     read more HC Supporter
New Orleans 
2/12/2007 Say Isabella perhaps your probity will pay for all the repairs for SFC.and the maintenance of this architectural gem. HC ALUM
METAIRIE 
2/12/2007 I would like to see the church stay intact and be rebuilt. Is it not possible for the school and church to coexist? Furthermore, people living in the neighborhood should rebuild whether or not the church is affected simply because it's the responsi...     read more Name redacted at request of author
new orleans, la 
2/12/2007 The hostility that is being expressed toward those trying to keep Cabrini from the wrecking ball is disgusting. If this is an example of the probity (integrity for you unfamiliar with the word) engendered by HC students, parents and supporters; then ...     read more Isabella Mattei
New Orleans, LA 
2/12/2007 DEAR MR. ARCHITECT,
Perhaps you should look at the comments from the SFC parishioners whom are actually residing in the parish NOW. What element of their frustration do you not understand about their prolonged agony in the continuance of this iss...     read more
HC ALUM
METAIRIE 
2/12/2007 This "demolition party" tripe is bully behavior, nothing more, nothing less, and makes all HC supporters look like total, 100% fools. I invite you to keep making these lame, ingnorant remarks on this site, because each such ignorant, intolerant posti...     read more An Architect
New Orleans 70118 
2/12/2007 "Make sure you save some energy for the Cabrini Demolition Party."

You want our Church with no compromise. It's your way or the highway. And you will more than likely get your way too. But the above comment is just horrible. You are such...     read more

 
2/12/2007 The level of ignorance on this issue is simply astounding. It has been already PROVEN that the church and the new HC school can co-exist on the same 20 acre site. What is wrong with all you SFC hate-mongers? Why don't you listen to the real facts????...     read more An Architect
New Orleans 70118 
2/12/2007 I am currently living in a FEMA trailer on my now empty property on Mithra St. I plan to build a new home on that property. I would love to see Holy Cross become my neighbor. I am a born and raised and practicing Catholic, but I know that a buildi...     read more Rene Spangler
New Orleans, LA 
2/12/2007 As a resident of the neighborhood and member of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, I still hope for a positive solution for all groups involved. At an early meeting with the Archdiocese, we were assured that Holy Cross wanted a Church so the boys would not ...     read more Aloma Lykes
New Orleans 
2/12/2007 The archdiocese has no intentions of rebuilding the church so the best option is to allow Holy Cross to build the property back up and revitalize the area rather than to let the property remain another eye-sore and health hazard that the city has to ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Gretna, LA 
2/12/2007 To whom it may concern:

I heard that my school Holy Cross is going to move in your campus. I heard your buildings will be torn apart and i'm sorry to hear that, but we have no other choice. We need our campus to be successful.

Sin...     read more
Nicholas Nguyen
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/12/2007 Best wishes to everyone for a happy and enjoyable Mardi Gras.


Make sure you save some energy for the Cabrini Demolition Party.
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/12/2007 Does anyone know what the SFC church plans are if the building is allowed to stay? Does anyone know if Holy Cross has a plan "B"? We all should have second thoughts of leaving this decision up to FEMA. We have witnessed FEMAs innability to get tempor...     read more tiger
Chalmette La. 
2/12/2007 We have lived in Cabrini Parish for 42 years-our children attended the Parish school and we have been very active members of the Church. Although we will always have fond memories,we believe it is better to demolish the entire plant,including the Chu...     read more Corinne and Jim Villarrubia
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/12/2007 The most telling thing on your notice was the photograph "Area of potential effect". Note that there are NO PEOPLE in the photograph. My ravaged home is around the corner from Cabrini. NO ONE is in their home on my street, nor are there but a few ...     read more Mairlyn Landiak
Gentilly 
2/12/2007 ACTUALLY I THINK THIS WEBSITE SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN, PEOPLE ARE GETTING CARRIED AWAY. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/12/2007 We should just tare it down its worthless space and its Holy Cross's property. So we should be able to do whatever we what with it.
Student
LA 
2/12/2007 Holy cross is my home all of my friends are here. i would like to see holycross stay in the area because then if we leave i will not see my dear friend maximillon marriane micheal zdenek
gretna,louisiana 
2/12/2007 Here we go again with out-of-towners posting comments. Will they attend this church? Will they spend money to repair it? Do they have homes they are struggling to rebuild in New Orleans? Are they suffering from depression like so many of us are h...     read more Carl
Metairie, LA 
2/12/2007 This is not the time for more destruction -- especially of historic and architecturally significant landmarks. This unique building should be preserved and utiliized to best serve the disaster-stricken New Orleans community. Please do not tear down...     read more James Lohman
Austin, Texas 
2/12/2007 Let's not add another Neighbor's House to the pile of Katrina rubble.
Let the Church Live!
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 70122 
2/12/2007 "Then why not build a new Cabrini, one that will be able to sustain itself with new and old parishioners."

This is exactly the point -- well one of them, at least. Back in July, they said they were going to do this but have since changed th...     read more

 
2/12/2007 I am in favor of tearing down existing buildings having holy cross high school which is one of the finest high schools in the new orleans area. This school will help this neighborhood and help our city. The youth need this!!! George Boue Jr.
 
2/12/2007 I think the building that was formerly St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church should be torn down, to make way for progress. As a Catholic I can understand why many would not want the building torn down. However, the church is just a building. What makes...     read more Jamie Clark
New Iberia, La 
2/12/2007 I live on Cartier street. I do not want the church torn down. I welcome my new Holy Cross neighbors. Let us use move forward while retaining this significant part of the history of our neighborhood.
The cabrini church building has been a wonderfu...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 70122 
2/12/2007 We Need Holy Cross High School!! I am in favor of tearing it down. George Boue III
New Orleans, La 
2/12/2007 Very well put, Ms. Starr.

Holy Cross WILL expedite the rebuilding of this neighborhood. Why not let that happen, which will bring more people into the neighborhood. Then the church will be needed. Then why not build a new Cabrini, one tha...     read more

New Orleans, LA 
2/12/2007 Yes, the "church" is just a building -- four walls. But it represents the "Church" which is people. And these people have been treated very badly. You can demolish the church (the four walls) but we'll still be here. Or maybe you plan to demolish...     read more
 
2/12/2007 FEMA,
As I read the posting on your web site they appear to fall into 3 categories. The first group is trying to save their church. The second group is trying to save a building. The third group is trying to save their neighborhood.

Un...     read more
Suzanne Starr
New Orleans 
2/12/2007 Do Not Demolish Cabrini. Incorporate the building into the HC plan. Future generations will appreciate our wisdom and foresight in preserving "one of the most significant works of modern architecture in the State of Louisiana". Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 70122 
2/12/2007 Tear down the building now. Funds stay with parisioners, and Holy Cross moves in. Get over it. Chris St. Onge
Metarie, La. 
2/12/2007 Mr. Schoen,

You are extended a formal invitation to the demolition party.

Name redacted at request of author
Gentilly 
2/12/2007 This Church could be preserved AND the school could coexist on the same ground. It could be utilized as the performing arts center as seen on the plan for the new school. This would save the Church and give the school a fantastic building to utiliz...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/12/2007 FEMA - Can't this be done in a more civilized manner? Going about this process only seems to be creating nothing but hostility. Are you really going to take into consderation people's comments who don't even live here? Why not send a mailout to ev...     read more
St. Bernard 
2/12/2007 No need to get Hello! sarcastic. I attend Mass every Sunday at St. Pius (since that's what Cabrini parishioners have been instructed to do) and there are very few people at Mass there. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/12/2007 The difference between Pius and Cabrini is the PEOPLE!!! Hello! - The archidocese has already said that it will not reopen the parish - no matter what. Pius is viable parish with people actually living their homes, many of which had no flooding. Do...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA  
2/12/2007 Let Cabrini Church rest in peace...Tear it down. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/12/2007 Tear on down the building! Name redacted at request of author
Chalmette 
2/12/2007 Wiping a Roman Catholic church off the face of the earth is NOT EVEN ALLOWED BY THE ARTICLES OF THE GENEVA CONVENTION IN TIMES OF WAR> Even Hitler spared the churches of Paris. Is this what we have come to in Post-Katrina New Orleans?????? Why is ...     read more An Architect
New Orleans 
2/12/2007 Because Holy Cross had a historic site that they must leave behind, should be even more reason for them to understand the importance of saving what is historic to the Gentilly area. Because they need to give up their school, does that mean Gentilly n...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Metairie Louisiana 
2/12/2007 I have long thought about what to say to ultimately help make the crucial decision of the former St. Frances Cabrini Church's future. I am currently a Holy Cross Senior but still look forward to seeing Holy Cross prosper in the future. The only way...     read more Kevin Kimberly, '07
Kenner, Louisiana 
2/11/2007 The History and culture that Holy Cross has provided the city of New Orleans for nearly two centuries far outweighs the architecture of a building merely 40 years old. Furthermore, the architecture of the church was the same as the Rivergate, which ...     read more Dean Arnett
Mandeville 
2/11/2007 Next time you're at Mass at St. Pius, look up at their ceiling. Leaky roof, ugly building -- maybe we should tear down St. Pius too! Name redacted at request of author
 
2/11/2007 The Church was not in good condition before the storm. We have a chance to have a fine new school which will help the Gentilly neighborhood
We have to do everything we can to help rebuild New Orleans.
Carol Good
New Orleans, La 
2/11/2007 The Holy Cross and Gentilly SFC church-haters apparently need to be reminded repeatedly that all this is is a surreptitious, dishonest money grab for the $4.2M flood payout--nothing more, nothing less. Give the money back to the parishioners so we ca...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/11/2007 OK, Let's give Holy Cross the benefit of the doubt. The parish paid for Cabrini, the parish paid for the insurance...the Archdiocese gets the money and the parish gets ZIP....Oh but maybe Holy Cross will build a new church. Follow the money! Genti...     read more Maura Cassidy
Baton Rouge 
2/11/2007 Please allow the proposed Holy Cross development to proceed. The ARNO has stated and acted upon their decision to close the church and parish. If the sale is stopped who wins? The ARNO will still have closed the parish and the residents get to vie...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Olreans La 
2/11/2007 Please stop impeding the efforts of a group that is trying to help this area with an architecturally beautiful campus! Tear that monstrosity down and let some positive change take place in this city! Heaven knows we need all we can get. Gail Chatman
New Orleans, LA 
2/11/2007 I am divided on the demolition. Part of me wants to see progress but another part of me believes the church was built by its parishoners and it should be they who benefit by having their parish restored. Holy Cross had a site they could have revitali...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, L 
2/11/2007 Correct me if I'm wrong but generally you have something old and people complain about bringing in something new. In this case you have something relatively new, albeit historic and you want to bring in something new that looks old. I grow weary of...     read more Maura Cassidy
Baton Rouge, previously New Orleans 
2/11/2007 Holy Cross is a much more of a historical landmark than Cabrini church ever was! The church is about 40 years old and has almost no historical signifigance. In the late 1850's Father Moreau wrote to Brother Vincent Peau ( who at that time was at Sain...     read more Max Miranne
New Orleans 
2/11/2007 Check out this rendering below of the so-called "new" Holy Cross. What is new about its architecture? What does it have to do with the 1950s era housing which surrounds it? It makes little sense to try to replicate a style (poorly, see below) from ov...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/11/2007 I hope to rebuild my house, now a vacant lot. Plans for Holy Cross to build a new school at 5500 Paris is joyous news. The Catholic Church does not want to repair St. Francis. The neigborhood desperately needs the addition of Holy Cross to beome a...     read more Carmen Sunda
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/11/2007 Both institutions, Cabrini Church and Holy Cross School have tremendous significance to our city and its people. The lost, however, of the school will possibly prove more of a detriment, given the catalytic role of the school in rebuilding educatio...     read more Carrie Mingo-Douglas
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/11/2007 I am in favor of demolishing the church.

Although I am not a parishoner of Cabrini Parish, I attended Mass there on Saturday afternoons. Presently I am still displaced, living with friends in Metairie but hope to go home to Lakeview someday...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Metairie LA 
2/11/2007 Holy Cross is a much more of a historical landmark than Cabrini church ever was! The church is about 40 years old and has almost no historical signifigance. In the late 1850's Father Moreau wrote to Brother Vincent Peau ( who at that time was at Sain...     read more Max
New Orleans 
2/11/2007 "It's difficult to write a tip on the Tour Eiffel without being banal or repetitive. Why? Well, I think it is because the Tour Eiffel is Paris, or the cohabitation of the ancient with the modern, of stone with steel. Just try to imagine what Paris wo...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/11/2007 I am a Holy Cross graduate. I live in Orleans Parish not far from St. Francis Cabrini, and my parents live in St. Francis Cabrini Parish. I write in support of demolishing the church.

Even before Katrina, when St. Francis was ostensibly a ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/11/2007 I realize that there are people that don't like or appreciate the architecture of St. Frances Cabrini Church. However, the Historic Preservation arm of FEMA is made up of informed, experienced and talented people in this area and I trust them to do t...     read more Name redacted at request of author
metairie Louisiana 
2/11/2007 To: Phyllis Schenck City: Ponchatoula, La.
"Beside if you look at the plans for the new campus you will notice the "architectural design" doesn't fit with the "architectural design" of the Cabrini building"

But your faux 19th century a...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/11/2007 The Church should have been LEADING the revitalization of the neighborhood (since the government obviously is not doing its job.) If the Church had returned, the people would have followed soon after. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/11/2007 What would Europe look like today if they had torn down all their buildings and monuments in the name of "moving forward"? Name redacted at request of author
 
2/11/2007 Holy Cross School will help bring revitalization to the neighborhood. The roof of Cabrini Church was a constant problem. the Archdiocese has no funds for Cabrini and has declared the parish closed and requested demolition.
 
2/11/2007 Gentilly is so very fortunate to have such a beautiful building as St. Frances Cabrini Church that can be saved and made even better with its insurance settlement. Please don't tear down this wonderfully unique structure. The Rivergate was torn down ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Metairie Louisiana 
2/11/2007 Some Facts: on a return plane flight to NO in early fall of 2006, a SFC parishioner was seated next to the Archbishop. She casually asked of what was the planned fate for her beloved church. Told it was to be closed and torn down, the Archbishop blun...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/11/2007 Saying that someone is too lily livered to post a name is not something that one can misunderstand. If verification was rge desired intent then it should have been stated as such. By the way... thank you to the lady outside Gallatoire's letting peo...     read more Karen Bowen
New Orleans, LA 
2/11/2007 What "new vibrant Catholic community"? Holy Cross has not made known any plans to put a new Church. (not since July, but they reneged on that one) No one has made their plans known for the former Cabrini parishioners now back in their homes. Will...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/11/2007 I may have been misunderstood in my earlier post. I don't have any problem with name redacted posts. I just want to be sure that there is a real person with an interest in the matter, not some spammer who can just put the most anonymous posts up. ...     read more Rodi Culotta
Charlton Drive, New Orleans, LA 
2/11/2007 FEMA there is only one Cabrini in New Orleans, there are many private schools. Those who speak of honoring Cabrini are those who wish to tear it down. You honor something by embracing it. The Archdiocese has chosen to toss aside a treasure. Much ...     read more Jackson Southers
Shreveport by way of Katrina 
2/11/2007 I understand the sentiments towards a church, but what about ensuring the future of the Catholic church itself? Holy Cross School can give young men a Catholic education and teach them the value of the Church in their lives. They can then take this v...     read more Windi M. Bergeron
Lafayette, LA 
2/11/2007 Holy Cross School is a valuable and historic asset to the city of New Orleans and the greater metropolitan area. It is immensely important that future generations have the opportunity to get an education at from Holy Cross. Holy Cross does not just e...     read more J. Alfred Potter
Lafayette, LA 
2/10/2007 Though Cabrini Church may be of some significance to some, othrs find it as an example of poor architecture. The roof is poorly done aned has leaked since day one. I personaly find the building to be uninteresting. Holy Cross is a major old instit...     read more Michael LeBlanc
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 I have no connection with either side in this issue, except that my high school used the church for graduation ceremonies many years ago.

This place is by no means attractive enough or interesting enough to save when balanced against the gr...     read more
Michael Guidry
New Orleans, LA 
2/10/2007 As a recently confirmed Catholic (completed RCIA in 2006), I am amazed by the individuals who are not willing to put aside a building for a new, vibrant Catholic community in the neighborhood -- isn't the "church" dependent on people? Without a comm...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/10/2007 Where were those who want to save Cabrini now after the hurricane? I will tell you waiting for somebody else to do the work for them. Now they blame everybody else for the lack of progress. They could have been the catalyst for the neighborhood rec...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/10/2007 FEMA, the veil of fear is lifting and the word is getting out to those that want to save Cabrini. Please hear our voices. Cabrini can and will be saved. A plaque is no substitute for the sense of place and feelings evoked as intended by the archite...     read more Marcia Pierce Gordon
Baton Rouge by way of Katrina 
2/10/2007 I was one of the 1st babies baptized at Cabrini.
I was raised in Cabrini.
I was TRYING to raise my daughter in Cabrini.
SAVE CABRINI.
It was great. I want to come home.
I don't have a church to come home to.
HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...     read more
Yvette Hebert Laird
New Iberia, LA (due to Katrina) 
2/10/2007 SAVE THIS HOLY PLACE. THIS WAS THE BEST CHURCH IN NEW ORLEANS. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL INSIDE. I MADE MY FIRST COMMUNION AND RECONCILIATION THERE, AND I WAS GETTIN READY TO MAKE MY CONFIRMATION THERE AS WELL. I REALLY MISS GOIN TO CHURCH THERE AND I WISH ...     read more LILLY MARIE HATHEWAY
NEW ORLEANS 
2/10/2007 Amazing !!!!! It was the greatest church I ever attended. I miss it a lot. Holy Cross can come there but don't bulldoze my church. Jasmine Francis
New Olreans, LA 
2/10/2007 please try to do everything possible to accomodate those who so fervently wish to see cabrini not torn down Name redacted at request of author
new orleans 
2/10/2007 Keep my church standing.This church has inspired many young kids including me. I appreciated the beauty of the building and the wonderful place it was and is still. Joseph Cook
new Orleans La 
2/10/2007 We need to save St Frances Cabrini Church. Lance Miller
New Orleans LA 
2/10/2007 Save Cabrini Church. It is a significant architectural modern masterpiece. This was so evident when I saw a photo in the Clarion Herald taken as flood waters were still 8 feet deep in Gentilly. I was amazed at the beautiful spire that shot out of the...     read more Maria Lathrop Skalos
New Orleans LA 
2/10/2007 Nobody is disagreeing that we need to move forward, but there is such a thing as compromise. I think 18 acres is plunty to have a nice school. Let the church stay. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/10/2007 It is time to move forward. Holy Cross is only an asset to the community.It will bring back Gentilly and the surronding communities alot faster than letting it sit Name redacted at request of author
Metairie. La 
2/10/2007 Sursum Corda! Lift up you hearts! Save Cabrini Theresa DeLay
the one and only New Orleans 
2/10/2007 WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE EDUCATIONOF OUR YOUTH? THE HOLY CROSS PRIESTS , BROTHERS AAND LAY TEACHERS HAVE DEMONSTRATED FOR MORE THAN 150 YEARS THEIR DEDICATION TO EDUCATING ITS YOUNG MEN TO BECOME RESPONSIBE CITIZENS OF NEW ORLEANS, LOUISINA A...     read more GERRY AITKEN
NEW ORLEANS, LA  
2/10/2007 I feel the building should be removed from the site and Holy Cross erect a fountian or prayer garden that acknowledges the SFC parish and church that once stood there.

The ARNO publicly stated that it will not reopen either school or the...     read more
David Relayson
Gretna, La 
2/10/2007 I am for tearing the church down. It is the people who make the church and none of us can return because of issues such as this. The property remains in the archdiosis of New Orleans and we will all hold fond memories of what was . . . please allow...     read more Kathie Hall
Rogers, AR 
2/10/2007 Many are saying people should come first, but which: wealthier middle class or all regardless of gender, religion, affluence and academic ability.

I take issue with others' comments on the town hall meeting of St. Frances Cabrini parishione...     read more
Henri André Fourroux III
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 Tear down the building, ASAP.
Christian Starr '07
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 Holy Cross is a great school. I would know, I go there. But it is amazing that we have been able to keep Holy Cross together for so long. We need a new campus. The campus at 4950 Dauphine Street will stay in our hearts forever, but it is time to let ...     read more Max
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 Rodi, I'm afraid Karen is right. Count the unsigned demo-Cabrini posts on this site and you'll learn they outnumber the unsigned Save Cabrini posts by 10 to 1!!!!!!!!!!! Name redacted at request of author
Austin, TX 
2/10/2007 For those who continue to spout thenonsense that FEMA should not pay for the rebuilding of A Catholic School, I ask why not? Holy Cross was a for profit school that paid taxes. They are just as entitled to my tax dollars as any other individual or ...     read more John
Harahan 
2/10/2007 Hey Rodi, sounds fair to me, count the number you'd lose. Speaking of lily livered. Works both ways. Karen Bowen
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 If the church has to go for the neighborhood to have an anchor, the church must go. Let those that want to preserve the church, most of whom on this site either do not live near it or are too lily-livered to use their name,put up the money to mainta...     read more Rodi Culotta
Charlton Drive, New Orleans, LA 
2/10/2007 Hey Horacio,

Do you realize that Holy Cross will receive money regardless of the location it builds? Didn't think so by your post. I guess compromise to you means not allowing HC to remove the building and erect a memorial to the buildi...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/10/2007 We are thrilled that Holy Cross is interested in building on the Cabrini campus. While I hate to see the church were I received First Communion and was married torn down, I accept that it is in the best interest of the neigborhood and Holy Cross Sch...     read more Joelle Crochet Drouant
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 As an active member of St. Frances Cabrini Church Parish since 1986 and a graduate of St. Joseph Academy ('71) who frequently used St. Frances Cabrini Church for special Masses during my high school years (that building became Redeemer-Seton High Sch...     read more Jonelle Foltz
Gonzales, LA (temp - formerly N.O. East) 
2/10/2007 FEMA, this is such nonsence. Cabrini needs to be saved because of its historical significance and Holy Cross needs a new campus so it can establish an "instant" historical setting instead of rebuilding on it's historic campus. Let both exist. The st...     read more Horacio Genovesi
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 The only logical and just thing to do is get over all of your prides and allow both to exist in the same 20 acres. No one has to lose. Save the church and make way for future uprisings.
San Antonio, Tx 
2/10/2007 The only logical and just option is to tear the church down. I say that as a 23 year active parishoner. The greater good will be served if Holy Cross is allowed to invest in the neighborhood. Holy Cross has more than 150 years of demonstrated servic...     read more Raymond P. Augustin, Jr.
Harahan, LA 
2/10/2007 The school doesn't need a new location! Why don't they rebuild the land already set out for there school? I'm sure they are getting insurance money, then need to use it to rebuild what they already started. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 Before the following comments, I proviso is necessary. I am biased undoubtedly regarding the St. Frances Cabrini situation; I grew up in Cabrini parish, a place where greatly instrumental in my life. That is certainly not information that calls for ...     read more Peter Finney, III
New Orleans, LA 
2/10/2007 Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Church was awarded The National Council of Churches Award of Merit in 1963 and in 1964 received the AIA Award in the category of churches. Don't tear down this beloved building. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/10/2007 Fact: Holy Cross does not own the SFC Church site or the church. How are they being allowed to tear down something they do not own? This is INSANE post-Katrina garbage. Why can't Holy Cross and the church both exist on the same 20 acres? The haters o...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 The Church should be torn down to make way for the new site of Holy Cross High School. It may be sad for the former parisheners of St. Frances Carbrini to loose their church building but a buidling is not the true church. The church is its congrega...     read more C. Bartels
River Ridge, La. 
2/10/2007 "Save the church" and build the school. Problem solved!
Gentilly 
2/10/2007 Watch out for those dratted "puckets" and restore Cabrini. Rogelio Montz
New Oleans, LA 
2/10/2007 Carbrini Church is not a historical place. The building is flawed and whoever design the building did a terrible job (leaky roof from day one).

Why should Holy Cross want to keep such an ugly building? Why should Holy Cross want to use a b...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Terrytown, LA 
2/10/2007 Tear down the building! P. Campo
 
2/10/2007 FEMA...what's the problem? Holy Cross threatening to pull out of its plans to relocate if it doesn't get its way. WAAAAH! The building has backers that think it can be salvaged. They've shown the interest is there and the money set aside to destr...     read more Leslie Villareal
New Orleans, LA 
2/10/2007 Tear the building down, let Gentilly start rebuidling!!!! Holy Cross Parent
Mandeville, La. 
2/10/2007 My home was built in 1954. It was more than 50 years old so it qualified for historic designation.On december 6 2006 it was demolished ,no one said a word. Tear down cabrini church and let me start rebuilding. Edward C. Kastelic
Gentilly 
2/10/2007 In Five years when Holy Cross has relocated to another site (not in Gentilly) I would invite all of you who want to "SAVE THE CHURCH", to come to your beloved building and see it gone. The fate of this building has already been determined, if FEMA d...     read more Phyllis Schenck
Ponchatoula, La. 
2/10/2007 My father, the late Lloyd F. Gaubert, who's home sits at the end of Prentiss on Bancroft, was one of the main, if not the main contributor, to the construction and maintenance of Cabrini Church. He was always so disturbed that after giving so much of...     read more GiGi Gaubert Burk
Parishioner 
2/10/2007 As a graduate of The Holy Cross School I am saddened by the destruction of the original school. Nevertheless, a new schol facility has to be built. If the Cabrini Church can co-exist with the school then that is the
easy answer. But if not, then...     read more
Daniel La France
Christiansted, VI 
2/10/2007
Priorities call for 'People First, Historic Sites, second! " Holy Cross School prepares young men for the future ; A historic landmark is just tthat....Cabrini Church is only concrete. ...

John T. McLaughlin
Austin, Texas 
2/10/2007 My comments are summed up in the following commentary in the Clarion Herald, Dec. 2, 2006. I have pasted it below. Please allow this project to go through. We need to place a higher priority on people's lives than on architectural legacies.

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Peter Finney Jr.
Geismar, LA 
2/10/2007 Please tear down the Church.... The boys need a new location for their schoool. Name redacted at request of author
Harahan 
2/10/2007 FEMA..it is obvious that Cabrini is not a detriment to Holy Cross moving to Gentilly. It is also obvious that the incredible amount of disinformation from the Archdiocese and Holy Cross has brainwashed people into thinking that Holy Cross is being k...     read more Eric Walsh
New Orleans. LA 
2/10/2007 The roof of the church always had problems even before the storm and Holy Cross should not be asked to repair and maintain this building. This would subject Holy Cross yearly cost they should not be responsible for.

Also, I do not know how s...     read more
Gary Klein
New Orleans, LA 
2/10/2007 Understanding passions run high and we have all suffered and lost so much, we simply must put common sense ahead of emotions. When did Cabrini Church become historic? Who will fund Cabrini Church if it remains? It appears to me that was an issue pri...     read more J. Hubener
Houston, TX 
2/10/2007 Put the $700,000 fee to Broadmoor Construction to destroy Cabrini Church into its restoration!!!!!!!!!!!! SAVE CABRNI AND build the new Holy Cross in Gentilly!!!!! Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 As property owners at 1359 Mendez Drive, and as parents of one child who attended St. Frances Cabrini School, we have fond memories of the church and school. However, just as the Archdiocese has closed other churches in lieu of demographic shifts, w...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/10/2007 It is clearly time for Holy Cross to step up NOW and admit they made a huge mistake in demanding that Cabrini Church be demolished. They now have ample evidence that the school and this landmark church can exist side by side. They have told the publi...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/10/2007 The sheer beauty and architectural significance of this church makes it a valuable asset to a city that needs such beauty and refuge after such a terrible tragedy. It's intrinsic value alone is worth much more than anything can could possible replac...     read more SUSAN SNYDER
AUSTIN, TX 
2/10/2007 FEMA Please consider the words of Father Basil Moreau, founder of Holy Cross. " I cannot leave this place(New Orleans) in their time of need." The need is so great for these young boys to continue their education in New Orleans. Many of them lost ev...     read more kerrie candela clark
new iberia/metairie 
2/10/2007 I'm a graduate of Holy Cross and my wife was a resident of the gentily neighborhood. We both strongly believe that the church should be torn down and Holy Cross should be allowed to relocate to the site. sam solis m.d.
Metairie 
2/10/2007 I'm a second generation Holy Cross graduate whose ring mass was in St. Francis Cabrini church. Please allow the demolition and the building of a new Holy Cross. The Holy Cross family and its connection to New Orleans has so much more history worthy...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Birmingham, AL 
2/10/2007 The Cabrini church is obviously a significant landmark due to its design and construction. If the building is knocked down, it will go down in historic architectural books as a treasure lost. Although the design may not be appreciated today, as man...     read more peter gardner
new orleans 
2/10/2007 The only opinions that should matter are those of the neighborhood residents and Holy Cross at this point. Out of towners and exiles need to take their opinions to their new homes. I know for a FACT that there are people who will LEAVE if this piece ...     read more Jason Handeil
 
2/10/2007 After reading everything about this controversy, we don't understand why this has to be an all or nothing proposition. Why can't the church be preserved, repaired and incorporated into the plans for the new Holy Cross School? What most of the "tear...     read more Kathryn & Charles Richardson
currently in exile: Hot Springs Arkansas 
2/9/2007 I grew up a block from St. Frances Cabrini on Athis Street, and attended the architectually "interesting" elementary school on the ground and in the "Towers." My parents' home, like most of 70122, sits in ruins at this writing.
That church roof...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
San Francisco, CA 
2/9/2007 The only thing historic about Cabrini Church is not the architecture, it's the antiquated thinking that's historic. Demolish Cabrini Church and welcome Holy Cross. There is plenty of room for progress in Gentilly. Amy St. Cyr
New Orleans, (Gentilly), LA 
2/9/2007 I have lived in St. Francis Cabrini Parish since December 1976, and I attended church services with my mother and father who live with me. Although I felt a close affinity with my fellow parishioners, the church structure itself was never the reason...     read more Carolyn Kramer
New Orleans, La. 
2/9/2007 Tear down the Church. It is not historical.Those who want to save it are unable to maintain it & were never interested before-why now? We've all had to eat a piece of the Katrina pie.We've all had to pick our battles.This isn' worth fighting for. Lydia Amato
River Ridge,LA. 
2/9/2007 Coming from the mom of a HC Katrina Senior, it absolutely sickens me that we are still in limbo regarding Holy Cross. Everyone suffers from this. I trusted that by now the current senior class would be settled and looking forward to their own gradu...     read more Mrs. Donna Landry Giroir
Harahan, LA  
2/9/2007 FEMA, Is there a list of available hotel rooms...if nothing else those of us trying to save Cabrini will be adding to the lackluster economy. Let the good times roll and save Cabrini in the process! Rusty Wrombley
Austin, TX 
2/9/2007 I say let Holy Cross build on the site as planned. The current owner of the property doesn't intend to. I also recommend a large building for the public meeting. With Mardi Gras being over, many hotel rooms will be available for all the "save Cab...     read more Gerald Raynal
 
2/9/2007 The Catholic Church says tear it down. The neighborhood says tear it down. The New Orleans Preservation Resource Society says tear it down. What part of this message is not getting through? There would be no kinder gift to the area at this point ...     read more Douglas Egan
Denver, Colorado 
2/9/2007 FEMA: Allow Holy Cross to have the Cabrini Church torn down in order to build a new campus & continue the Holy Cross tradition in the City of New Orleans; not in Kenner! Since the archdiocese has stated that the building will not be used as a church...     read more Fr. Warren F. Chassaniol
Mathews LA 
2/9/2007 Tear down Cabrini Church, period. It is NOT a historical site and does not meet the credentials to be listed as such. Let HC bring your neighborhood back and give our kids what they deserve, the very best.
Mr. Andrew J. Giroir
Harahan, LA  
2/9/2007
 
2/9/2007 Referring to a building as "architecture" means that the building, along with its aesthetics, works well. Cabrini Church leaked, and was almost impossible to heat and cool..So, it may be a nice sculpture, but not architecture. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 FEMA... My late husband M. Hamilton Frederick was one of the architects involved in the design of St. Frances Cabrini and although he went on to design many more buildings Cabrini was always his favorite. We made many trips to New Orleans after Ham r...     read more GeorgiAnne Frederick Brochstein
Marble Falls, TX 
2/9/2007 I grew up in New Orleans and the vast majority of my family and friends still reside there. Cabrini is our family's parrish and like you, have many fond memories there. Through time, we have celebrated many events here, like most of you. And like ...     read more Tevis B Vandergriff IV
Ft. Mill, SC 
2/9/2007 Preserve the church. I don't understand either why a single-sex, parochial commuter school is being regarded by some as the linchpin to save the neighborhood, nor why the church can't be incorporated into the school's site plans. The advocates of dem...     read more Becky Houtman
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 Tear it down Janell Lacoste
 
2/9/2007 I am a graduate of The Holy Cross School. As much as it pains me and so many others to see our precious school depart from it historic location, let Holy Cross rebuild on this property. Giving the tremendous need to revive a city that is sick, what...     read more Brother Ernest Miller, FSC
Pittsburgh, PA 
2/9/2007 Save Cabrini....let all those illustrious graduates of Holy Cross dig into their pockets and rebuild Holy Cross. The federal government has no business giving money to a religious school period. Marsha Whittinburg
Baton Rouge 
2/9/2007 Save the church, I grew up there and was a alter boy and benn to many churches in the city. It may not be 50+ years old but the style of the church is amazing. Wade Chauvet
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 To all of these people clamouring to save this church, answer me this question, if the church is saved and Holy Cross abandons it's plans; what happens to your "prized" architecture then? Will one of you step up and purchase the property and renovat...     read more Put YOUR money/time where your mouth is!
 
2/9/2007 This church is nothing less than a mid-century modern, architectural gem, and by all means, must be preserved.

I grew up in the parish and attended the church throughout my childhood, and after, and to this day have never been in or seen suc...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans/Baton Rouge 
2/9/2007 Because of the grass root efforts to save St. Frances Cabrini Church, the Friends of Cabrini have been labeled as obstructionists, despite the fact that they explicitly endorse the newly planned Holy Cross campus. Had it not been for them and the ach...     read more Robert Schoen
New Orleans LA 
2/9/2007 Mindful that most architecture which is dated will at some distant future become recognized for its individual merit, this location can serve a greater function by giving the community a new chance.

You can have a church there, but without ...     read more
Leon Connelly
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 As a future Holy Cross tiger, I ask that you clear the remains of the destroyed Cabrini Church and allow HC to build a new school. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 Tear down the Church and make way for an awesome school. Name redacted at request of author
Metairie 
2/9/2007 Let common sense and progress prevail. Clear the remains of Cabrini Church that Katrina has created and let Holy Cross rise again to educate our children and revitalize our community. Michael Code
 
2/9/2007 FEMA, Cabrini must be preserved.... FYI New Orleans is a Catholic City. It is difficult to speak out against Catholic Institutions because of fear of reprisals (social and economic) if one does. That is just a fact of life in New Orleans. It isn'...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orlean, LA 
2/9/2007 The SFC only sits on two acres. Use the other 18 Acres fot the school. That way we perserve our neighborhoods' history and allow for new development. Thank you. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 i am a 17 year resident of paris ave, 1 block from cabrini, and i continue to reside in gentilly.It is my hope that holy cross be allowed to used the cabrini/redeemer site as they see fit. yes, the architeture is different than other churches, but wa...     read more michael chosa
new orleans la 
2/9/2007 SAVE THE ST. FRANCES CABRINI CHURCH
 
2/9/2007 FEMA, Cabrini needs a second chance. This site doesn't need paranoia that other religious schools are padding this site because they are competing with HC for studants. It is about the money...HC and the Archdiocese making off with FEMA and Insurance...     read more Sally Monicle
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Maybe if the Holy Cross school could account for ALL of its money your children wouldn't have to be taught in trailers! Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 tear it to the ground!!!!! Daniel Ippolito
new orleans 
2/9/2007 This is nothing more than a money grab by the Archdiocese to snare away the $4.2 million in flood insurance payout that is legally and rightfully owed to the parishioners of SFC. This is a fact, not a lie. It was the Parish , not the Archdiocese, tha...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 FEMA take the morning drive that our boys, faculty and staff make every morning to Holy Cross. It is a very depressing drive every day back and forth and then spend 8 hours a day in a trailer surrounded by buildings that cannot be used: Cafeteria, G...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 As a mother of a Holy Cross student, I am in favor of Holy Cross moving their site to the Gentilly site of St Francis Xavier Cabrini. I am saddened by the loss of the Cabrini school and church, our city must move forward with the re-building our com...     read more Alycia Wax
Metairie LA 
2/9/2007 Save the church. It's a place to come toghter. Save St. Frances Cabrini. Seth Bryant
San Antonio, Tx 
2/9/2007 Please save St. Frances Cabrini! This is NOT just a "building". It is a place of faith and hope. Many people have been finding comfort here for years. This church is dear to my heart, because my grandfather was one of the architects that built it. Pl...     read more Heather McClelland
 
2/9/2007 To Julie Ford and David Galsgow, who use the slippery slope argument of "dangerous precedent" do you recall the purpose of organizations such as the Preservation Resource Council or the View Carre Commission?

The PRC's collective mind on wha...     read more
Thomas Long
Lafayette, LA 
2/9/2007 Please save Cabrini. I was in New Orleans in Betsy in "65. I've been through two floods and two hurricanes since then. I haven't received one cent in government money and believe me I know the heartache of gutting a house and the shock of being aud...     read more Jacqlyn Morrissette
Austin, TX 
2/9/2007 FEMA ... Please count the listed opinions ... let the people have a voice in determining the future. Gentilly will be revived as an important neighborhood in New Orleans. Listen to the voices at the public hearing ... and help the City of New Orlea...     read more Joseph Shorter, III
East Point, GA 
2/9/2007 As former parishioners of St. Francis Cabrini Church and a resident of Cabrini Court, we wish to express our concern about the issues regarding the demolition of the church. Holy Cross is a much needed development for the future existence of the are...     read more Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Pepin, Jr.
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 FEMA should not fund the removal of the church.

For the record, historically or stylistically significant buildings did not end one hundred years ago. There is no exact date for such an event and it is incorrect to assume that history has e...     read more
David Glasgow
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 Please tear down this eyesore (that was in poor condition pre-Katrina) to make room for Holy Cross HS. Mid-City Gal
new orleans 
2/9/2007 If the church must be torn down to provide a future for this lovely Gentilly neighborhood, then so be it. Daniel Carr
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 That is sad..."Money talks and BS walks"...says it all right there. What do these supporters care about...money. Education again falls second.
 
2/9/2007 If this "rotten church" were to be replaced by Holy Cross...it wouldn't get better. It would just be another "rotten" building because Holy Cross won't survive there. It was hardly surviving before the storm. Just look at its statistics...it says ...     read more
 
2/9/2007 It's amazing how the opposers to this project do not display thier names. Thats real New Orleans backbone for you. I imagine if they did display thier names you would be able to link them Jesuit, Brother Martin or Rummel. This location threatens t...     read more James Womack
Gretna La 
2/9/2007 This city is so backwards and in need of a serious makeover. Our pathetic mayor and government officials are the reason this city is so far behind the rest of the country. We don't want to tear down rotten, crime ridden, criminal layden public housei...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 To "Average Person" I apologize if my earlier post offended you or anyone else. I didn't mean for it to come off condescending. Julie Ford, Intern Architect
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 What FEMA needs to be doing is looking into Holy Cross's finances...lots of discrepancies there!
 
2/9/2007 "Those kids need a safe place to go to school" Although this quote is a very meaningful one, I think that it is also important these kids go to a good school as well, which is not synonymous with Holy Cross in the least! Why bring a terrible school...     read more
 
2/9/2007 The Rivergate was torn down to construct a casino; why can't a vacant church be torn down to construct a school? Before Katrina school children could be heard playing in the school yard at St. Francis Cabrini School. In the afternoons, the Redeemer...     read more J. Kiefer
New Orleans, Oak Park Gardens 70122 
2/9/2007 Where were all these "supporters of keeping the church" when Holy Cross was deciding between NO & Kenner location months ago ?

This church was built no more than 55 years ago. It is not a historical property (must be at least 100 yrs old). ...     read more
Bridget Bivona
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 Lets think about this. If FEMA designates this church an historical site who is going to support it? The archdiocese said they didn't want to run it. Their is not enough parishioner's in the area to support it. Do we really want FEMA to run it? If th...     read more Dane Weil
Harvey, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 Holy Cross has a reputation for lying. The only part of their plan that will be completed is their athletic centers. Go tigers? Yea, go back to where you came from.
 
2/9/2007 Gentilly needs Holy Cross to help its recovery. Cabrini should go so that Holy Cross can come. Musa Robert Eubanks
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Gentilly needs Holy Cross to help its recovery. Cabrini should go so that Holy Cross can come. Musa Robert Eubanks
 
2/9/2007 I must agree. Holy Cross would not bring growth to the region, rather it would hurt it more than it already is. As a former student, I know that HC is a fledgling school now and it was before the storm. I also know that the current administration ...     read more
 
2/9/2007 As a former parishioners of St. Francis Cabrini Church and a resident of Cabrini Court, we wish to express our concern about the issues regarding the demolition of the church. Holy Cross is a much needed development for the future exitence of the ar...     read more Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Pepin, Jr.
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Holy Cross can hardly be considered a school. Its enrollment is pathetic, its academics are sluggish at best, its athletics (its pride and joy) are struggling, and the faculty is dwindling. It seems as though this school will only falter if it unde...     read more
 
2/9/2007 Tear down HC!!
 
2/9/2007 Please tear it down. Holy Cross School will bring families to waiting houses, will assure public transportation for our area, and will bring new economic development to empty neighborhood strip malls. We need Holy Cross in the Oak Park Neighborho...     read more Pamela Miller
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 Please tear it down. Holy Cross School will bring families to waiting houses, will assure public transportation for our area, and will bring new economic development to empty neighborhood strip malls. We need Holy Cross in the Oak Park Neighborho...     read more Pamela Miller
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 One of the meaning of "unique", which some people is calling the church, is "existing as the only one".

Maybe the reason the church's design is the only one is becuase the design of the church is terrible.

Why was the design so te...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Terrytown, LA 
2/9/2007 I was a parishoner of SFC in its heyday and I've witnessed first hand the dwindling attendance at masses and at the school. This trend pre-dated Katrina by at least 20 years.

It's clear that the only hope of re-establishing a viable paris...     read more
Judy Welcker
Metairie, LA 
2/9/2007 Many of the arguments in favor of Holy Cross moving to the Cabrini Site have been based on the potential growth that it will foster. However, Holy Cross will not foster growth, in my opinion. Holy Cross is plagued by a terrible academic record. HC...     read more Tradition?
 
2/9/2007 as a past resident of Cabrini Parish I feel it is in the best interest of the eintire Gentilly neighborhood to tear the church down and let Holy Cross move in. everyne who owns a home in that area is waiting for the decision. we are......we do no...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Scott LA 
2/9/2007 Intern Julie Ford writes, "Simply because the average person does not feel their (Curtis and Davis) style of modern architecture is preferable does not mean it is not architecturally significant." And then, "Those of us who have been educated in arc...     read more Average Person
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Why can't Holy Cross build on its original property like everyone else? The real question is where are they getting the money to pay for this school when they didn't have enough to fix the old school before the storm? Hmm... HC Alumni
 
2/9/2007 My husband is a proud graduate of Holy Cross, a true "Holy Cross man". Let Holy Cross build their school. I think it's deplorable that this issue of whether the church was a historical structure was not brought to the attention of the Holy Cross Boar...     read more Peggy Sabadie, Esq.
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/9/2007 Ms. Ford, significant architects do not necessarily design good or functional buildings. I may be "average" in my understanding of "significant" architecture, but the fact remains that the building is a money pit, and has been for a very long time. H...     read more Ellen Macgregor Lane
Melbourne, FL 
2/9/2007 It is true that HC was struggling before the storm and I think that the real debate here should be whether or not to re-open HC. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 An established 5th through 12th school, Holy Cross, takes on the risks involved in moving to a devastated neighborhood, and it is being made more difficult by persons worried about a single structure! Look at the big picture: Revitalization of an e...     read more Miguel
Soler 
2/9/2007 It seems like those declaring HC not to be a mediocre school have supported the one making the accusations...look back at your posts...you used "was not a mediocre school." Times have changed and HC is no longer the school it once was and I can say ...     read more HC Alumni Class of 2006
 
2/9/2007 In response to an earlier post. Holy Cross was not a mediocre school. It was a good enough school to get me in to Emory University in Atlanta. I owe a lot of who I am today to the time I spent at that school.

I am saddened by the continue...     read more
Christopher Wang
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Hey name withheld in Slidell. I guess we won't need to send you an invitation to the grand opening of our state of the art facilities.

GO TIGERS!
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 Cabrini church should not be torn down. Curtis and Davis are the most significant modern architects to come out of New Orleans. Simply because the average person does not feel their style of modern architecture is preferable does not mean it is not...     read more Julie Ford, Intern Architect
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 As a displaced resident of Lake Terrace, I say tear down St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church and school to make way for the new Holy Cross school allowing new growth to build back our neighborhood. At the same time incorporate a new church and communi...     read more Michael Boudreaux
New Orleans, La. 
2/9/2007 Holy Cross High School is a mediocre school and one that will never flourish in any neighborhood. It was struggling before the storm with enrollment at its lowest point in decades and dropping. In a way, the storm saved Holy Cross from its imminent...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Slidell, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 Please close the case on Cabrini Church and allow Holy Cross to move forward with their plans to relocate to the Gentilly area. This will benefit their new neighborhood and many surrounding areas, including Lakeview, Lakefront, the Univeristy sectio...     read more Yvonne Hrapmann
 
2/9/2007 For those who would save the Cabrini Church, for whom are you preserving this building? Without schools and neighborhoods, New Orleans doesn't have a chance. Please act quickly on 106 and allow Cabrini to be torn down, so that we can move forward w...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans. LA 
2/9/2007 I am a cradle catholic, born and reared in New Orleans, LA. I would like to see architectural drawings made and maintained, and the church demolished so that Holy Cross can used the entire property for its school. The citizens of New Orleans must c...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 The cost of tuition at Holy Cross is outrageous for a mediocre education. The parents should enroll their children in the public system and pump that money into the local community as opposed to supporting the richest organization in the world. These...     read more Glen Urreta
Slidell, LA 
2/9/2007 Do not give the Catholic Church or any other organization or individual money, grants, or loans to tear down historically significant structures. The law is clear; Its purpose is to prevent distruction of our important built environment just becaus...     read more David Leland Glasgow
New Orleans, Louisiana, Esplanade Ridge 
2/9/2007 FEMA, Cabrini needs to be saved. "I feel HIS presence here" Anna Marie LeBlanc
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Tear it down and let Holy Cross High School come up out of the ruins. The church is ugly. Holy Cross should be considered a National Historic High School of over 100 years old. Let them help rebuild NOLA Barbara Krohn
Houston, Texas 
2/9/2007 I grew up in the neighborhood and attended Cabrini and SJA. The people are what makes a church, not the building. I've always thought it looks like a square brick block with a rocket ship on top. It may have architechural significance, but it's still...     read more Ellen Macgregor Lane
Melbourne, FL 
2/9/2007 Holy Cross is a viable institution that has survived for over a 130 years. As you read from the many that have been associated with this institution over the years; how improtant HC is to various types of people. We have reached a far greater family...     read more Lou Wineski '77
Chalmette/Thibodaux, LA 
2/9/2007 Tear it down. I was a parishoner when the church was built and wrote a story about it for the States-Item where I was a reporter. I say give Curtis and Davis a gold medal but raze it because the cost of restoration is too great. The wonderful roof ...     read more Gary Gerard Hymel
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 As a architectural professional here in New Orleans and a mother of a Holy Cross student; it furiates me that this ordeal is preventing so much positive progress for the neighborhood, and not to mention, the City of New Orleans. Tear down the church...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, La 
2/9/2007 TEAR IT DOWN!!! We need Holy Cross School in the neighborhood to help revitalize the city and the Lakefront. This is a perfect place for the school. Pat Mitchell
New Orleans, La. 70122 
2/9/2007 We are not talking about St. Louis Cathedral. The church is less than 50 years old. The decision should belong to the organization that owns the property. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 The neighborhood needs life. If you leave the church, don't expect this "historic landmark" to draw any tourists. Holy Cross, however, will bring families. Scott Grundmann
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT IS GOING ON SHOULD STAY OUT. GO BURY YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND AND STAY THERE FOR 7 YEARS. YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HOLY CROSS AND CABRINI CHRUCH. A.K.A GEORGIA SCHULTZER "WHY DON'T GIRLS NEED A EDUCATION?" HOLY CROSS IS ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/9/2007 Please tear it down. The church was once the part of this community but for years has only been there for the school. I grew up with Frank Loyd Wright house behind my house plus his stuido was two blocks away those are significant structures Cabrin...     read more Thomas Miller
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 FEMA Let the preservationists save the church. To those that are shouting separation of church and state..why is the Federal Government even thinking of granting money for a Catholic Prep School for boys? Don't people in New Orleans think that girl...     read more Georgia Schultzer
Houston, TX 
2/9/2007 I believe that the Church is important as well as Holy Cross. We all share the common hardship, getting back home. Holy Cross is like a second home to all the students that go there and plan to go there. After Katrina, our school took water and ro...     read more Robert Barback III '09
Chalmette LA  
2/9/2007 I have been going to Holy Cross since the Sixth Grade. I was extremely excited when i heard the news that Holy Cross would be moving to the Redeemer Seton/Cabrini site. If Holy Cross would have chosen kenner or any other site outside of my limit, I...     read more Sean Sexton '09
NOLA 
2/9/2007 PLEASE tear down this church! In a city with so many more beautiful and historically relevant properties that are actually worth saving, this church is simply an eyesore that impedes real progress. FEMA, what are you doing in delaying Holy Cross?? Jennifer Avegno
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Incorporate the church in Holy Cross's plans. Tear the school down and refurbish the church for use with the school--after all a Catholic school should have easy access to a church for ceremonies and prayers. I was married in this church 20 years a...     read more Jeannie Lagarde
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 How many of you laughed when FEMA said they would make a decision quickly? The people who are so worried about perserving this church have done NOTHING with it since the hurricane. It sits there, like the majority of this city, rotting. Holy Cross...     read more Katherine Landry
Metairie, LA 
2/9/2007 The church is not old nor is it unique. Demolish it. Build Holy Cross HS. John Campbell
Slidell LA 
2/9/2007 Not being Catholic and having grown up in the Northeast under a responsible government that provided legitimate public education, I see this issue as one that should be questioning local government and not architecture. Why is it left to the Catholic...     read more Jim Albert
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 In my opinion the church is completely useless. It is unservicible and has no use for the surrounding community. even the church itself has been declared deconsecrated by the archdiocese and not usablwe for church services. From the information of w...     read more MOREDEMIS
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 this church can be adaptively reused. more resources and alternative plans should be identified for ways to make this happen. new orleans' historical fabric is not limited to one era, this church is architecturally and culturally significant and shou...     read more Name redacted at request of author
new orleans 
2/9/2007 This is a no-brainer. There are children needing education in a city that is more than ever depent on educated leaders for their future. An old leaky church will not benefit the rebuilding of our city, which is what the focus must be on now. Othe...     read more Name redacted at request of author
NEW ORLEANS, LA 
2/9/2007 I think that the church should be torn down. It is not a land mark and will bring the value of the neigborhood down. Please allow Holy Cross to build the state of the art school. This will be a great additon to this area. Bring back New Orleans and s...     read more Kurt A Tatje
Laplace La 
2/9/2007 Tear down the Church; re-build the neighborhood with what is MOST important to the future of New Orleans...CHILDREN! L Edward Domecq
Houston, Texas -since Katrina...New Orleans Native 
2/9/2007 Regarding Cabrini Church--it is a sacred site and will always be for the parishioners that attended and loved the church (including myself)--it was obvious to us all that the building was outdated and needed constant maintenance. If the archdiocese h...     read more Donna Childress
New Orleans LA 
2/9/2007 The fact that a handful of carpetbagger academics who have never lived near this neighborhood can bog down its renewal is preposterous. Go back to your insulated ivory tower and let the residents of this neighborhood decide their own future. The de...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Tear it down!!! Holy Cross selects a New Orleans neighborhood in dire need of revitalization and someone decides that this ugly (yes ugly) church should remain???? What is wrong with them? The Church is not even fifty years old. This was not one ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Please tear down the building. Please, please do what the majority want: a
new school with new buildings. Virtually everyone wants it down, please take it down.
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 So are we to believe that memorializing one individual's vision into perpetuity is a more worthwhile endeavor than to restore a neighborhood? Our souls need restoration and we can find it in restoring Holy Cross to a devastated neighborhood.
read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 This whole process is ridiculous. Holy Cross should move to kenner if they are not allowed to tear the church down! It's amazing that a few squeaky wheels are getting the grease! From what I've read people commenting are like 10 to 1 in favor of r...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Metairie, La 
2/9/2007 Tear down the church. Holy Cross will do more to revitalize the area than a vacant church with no planned future. The fact that something is old does not make it historic; and the fact that something is historic does not make it a benefit to the co...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 As a New Orleans native, life long Catholic (St. Dominic + Mount Carmel) and Lake Terrace resident, I could think of nothing better for the surrounding community to have a new Holy Cross school in the neighborhood. The community should come before t...     read more Erin Foley Schuhmacher
New York, NY 
2/9/2007 AS SOMEONE WHO LIVED THREE BLOCKS FROM THE CHURCH AND HAS TO SELL MY PROPERTY THAT WAS DESTROYED BY THE STORM AND HAD FAMILY MEMBERS ON THE BOARD OF THE CHURCH, PLEASE TEAR IT DOWN AND REVITALIZE THE AREA. THE ROOF HAS LEAKED FOR YEARS AND DUE TO TH...     read more Name redacted at request of author
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 
2/9/2007 Tear down the dilapidated eye sore of a church and rebuild Holy Cross. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 People are more important than buildings. This is a very unique situation that our city is in at this time. The opening of Holy Cross school is very important to the rebuilding of this neighborhood. My son was baptized in this church and I taught ...     read more Mary Pat Barousse
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 My decision to rebuild and return to the neighborhood was wholly predicated on the Holy Cross deal to relocate to the Cabrini site. Then FEMA decided to indulge in this pointless exercise, and my decision has been again postponed indefinitely.
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Greg Nichols
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 My Grandparents were charter members of St. Francvis Cabrini parish and I have very many fond memories of going to church on Sundays with them at the church.My grandparents were probably the biggest contributors to that parish and if my grandfather w...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Metairie,LA 
2/9/2007 Add my name to those supporting the Holy Cross project. From 1998 to May 2005 I lived on Chatham Drive and worshipped at Cabrini Church. As a former parishioner, I have nothing but fond memories of the Church and its members.

However, m...     read more
Thomas Long
Lafayette, LA 
2/9/2007 Make way for progess, tear down the church!! Holy Cross is significant to the rebuilding of the Gentilly area. Name redacted at request of author
Metairie, LA 
2/9/2007 This is an important example of modernist architecture in New Orleans, and there aren't many. Why have Holy Cross and their architects/developers set up and either/or situation here? The church can and should be incorporated into the school campus. Brad Conard
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 The church should be torn down to make way for Holy Cross Name redacted at request of author
New York, NY 
2/9/2007 TEAR DOWN AND REBUILD HOLY CROSS Name redacted at request of author
Arlington, VA 
2/9/2007 Tear down the church for Holy Cross to build and help the area come back. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 It's time to do the right thing and let the people actually affected make the decision. Not the professors, not the out-of-town "experts", not the self-appointed community spokespersons. The neighbors of that travesty of a building want it down. The ...     read more Jimmy FAhrenholtz
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 To revive that particular neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina, the church should be TORN DOWN. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Tear down the Cabrini Church and move on to a new city.We need Holy Cross School. Joe Duzac
New Orleans,La 
2/9/2007 I mean....ya know....ya try...and i mean ya get nowhere! Jay Gauthier
 
2/9/2007 Hasn't there been enough destruction and tearing down in New Orleans? If the church can be renovated then I think it should be done. That church defines the area and with out it, it'll just be another generic boring neighborhood. I went to Cabrini an...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Winter Park Florida 
2/9/2007 I've been going to Holy Cross for three years now. The church should be torn down. It was an expensive building before Katrina and Holy Cross would have problems paying for it now. If the people really want the church to stay, they should pay for the...     read more Chris Thiebaud
Gretna, LA. 
2/9/2007 The church is not a historic landmark. Stop standing in the way of progress and tear down the church. John Almerico
Hammond, LA 
2/9/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jay Gauthier
NEW ORLEANS 
2/9/2007 Let us finally make some progress in this city. The local and national government seem to be to worried about saving this and that and not moving forward.Let us not get stuck in just building remembrances of what was when we can concentrate our effo...     read more Robert Ledet II
Harvey,La 
2/9/2007 This is a case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Architects tell us it is "historically significant," "beautiful," and "a masterpiece." By far the majority of citizens look at the church and say "Not." A perfect example of a particular school of archi...     read more Cynthia Scott
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 This is a case of the Emperor's New Clothes. Architects tell us it is "historically significant," "beautiful," and "a masterpiece." By far the majority of citizens look at the church and say "Not." A perfect example of a particular school of archi...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 New Orleans needs to move forward. FEMA seems to get in the way of progress at every turn. We need the Holy Cross School to be built in Gentilly to help bring the neighborhood, and the city, back. Cabrini Church must be demolished. The Catholic ...     read more Bill Sweeney
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 I quote Ronald Reagan,

"Come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." --Speech at the Berlin Wall, June 12, 1987
Kyle M. Gahagan
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 I feel without Holy Cross moving to the Redeemer site the neighborhood will not return and therefore the area wil remain blighted. Without residents returning they will have no one to support the church. I feel Holy Cross is an institution to New Orl...     read more J Boudreaux
Metairie, La. 
2/9/2007 1. First and foremost, rejection of the Holy Cross plan, the only viable plan for this property, will imperil the revitalization of a neighborhood that is important not only historically, but also for a healthy, rebuilding New Orleans present and fut...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans LA 
2/9/2007 The Catholic Church likes to have Catholic Churches, so they must have a good reason to demolish Cabrini. The parishoneers support it. The area supports it. (Catholic School) Holy Cross not only supports it, it needs the space. As a graduate of De La...     read more John Trask
Lakeview 
2/9/2007 This church is not somthing that needs to be saved. I attended church there every week while my son attended elementary and high school in the area. I was not impressed with the building then and I don't think it needs to be saved now. Bring it down...     read more P.Danner
 
2/9/2007 Many people are saying save the building so we can have our church back, several things are not being realized.

1)This building is not your church, the poeple are the church
2)The Archdiocese has made it VERY clear that they will not ren...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 One question -- What will happen to the church if HC does not move in? Answer: Further detoriration into a state if disrepair.

We have a 2 options -- Make the site a vibrant portion of the community with HC, or stick to some idealistic vi...     read more
Dennis Ogan
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Tear down Cabrini to make way for a new place to educated and worship. Gentilly needs this boost! Toya Layman
New Orleans, LA 
2/9/2007 Holy Cross has always provided a quality Christian education to young men in the New Orleans area. Hampering it's move to the Cabrini site, to assauge the ego of a handfull of architects, is absurd. Trip Trepagnier
Slidell, LA 
2/9/2007 What about the childern? My faith in God is what got me throw the good and bad times in my life. Can tell you our Lord will give, to Holy Cross every thing it needs ( FOR THE CHILDREN ). I'am not sure about many things in the world today. But I do kn...     read more Debra turner
marrero, La 
2/9/2007 Please allow Holy Cross to rebuild at 5500 Paris Avenue. Holy Cross means so much to so many of us, and we understand that Cabrini is important to people as well. Let Holy Cross revitalize Gentilly and lets memorialize Cabrini Church on the new cam...     read more Beth Patin
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/9/2007 Please tear down St. Francis Cabrini, then move the wrecking ball to the St. Bernard project. The only way to bring New Orleans back is through progress and these two building sites need to be demolished for the good of the city. Holy Cross will be a...     read more
new orleans resident 
2/9/2007 I lived within 2 blocks of the future site of Holy Cross High School and am in total Favor of the building of this campus. The fastest way to make a neighborhood attractive for people to rebuild is by having anchors in that neighborhood. I urge Fem...     read more Patrick McCabe
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 I would like to say first of all that New Orleans was our home until July 2005 and we only moved because of a job change. We have many friends with kids who have attended and are still attending Holy Cross, and it is mind-boggling that a building n...     read more Leslie Lambert
Tucker, GA 
2/9/2007 Please do not tear down Cabrini. Name redacted at request of author
Austin, TX 
2/9/2007 My parents purchased their house on Crescent St. in 1951, four days before I was 4 years old (I will be 60 in April). This was before Cabrini even existed. Living across the street we all watched the school and "old" church being built. My 85 year ol...     read more Tom Longmire
New Orleans, La 
2/9/2007 The more intelligent long- term view would permit Holy Cross to build a glowing new campus. Cabrini is an unattractive, dated church (despite the supposed architectural brilliance), that had horrible acoustics. I have lived in the area for 29 years ...     read more Tommy
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 I am a BUSINESS AND PROPERTY OWNER IN Gentilly. I beleive the Cabrini building should come down and make way for The Holy Cross school. The enthusism and energy that the Holy Cross People have proven to bring to the New Orleans community for over One...     read more MICHAEL Klaemenakis,O.D.
New Orleans,LA. 
2/9/2007 I am a 74 year old widow living in my trailer. I need my church and my Parish. I find it very hard to understand how people who are not members of my Parish or my Catholic faith can demand that my Church be torn down and accuse me of be an obstructi...     read more Carolyn Scanlan
New Orleans, La 
2/9/2007 A speedy demolition is urged...with the church's architectural assets removed during demoliton, as has been done in many much more historical churches in NOLA.

Do not continue to delay Holy Cross building on this site.
Name redacted at request of author
NEW ORLEANS, LA 
2/9/2007 Please do not make the mistake of putting a relatively, recently and poorly constructed church, which had continuous roof problems since it opening, to get in the way of a great school which truly helps boys to grow to men.

The hurricane an...     read more
Larry Dale
Metairie, LA 
2/9/2007 I grew up 3 blocks from Cabrini. I attended school at Cabrini and St. Joseph. I was at that church for every important date in my life from 7th grade when it was built until I got married and moved out of the church parish. The church always had l...     read more eps
metairie, la 
2/9/2007 Do whatever it takes to get Holy Cross in the neighborhood. Right now the site has been looted by thieves and sits rotting. Everyone surrounding the site is affected by inactivity and the blight of the property. Let Holy Cross make our neighborhoo...     read more bt
new orleans La 
2/9/2007 Those of you Gentilliacs and others who are screaming for the destruction of Cabrini Church clearly do not have all the facts. In fact your emotions are clearly outrunning intellect at this point. The church was not nearly as damaged as you have been...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 Too much time has been wasted already. Tear down this empty building. FEMA should work around their own rules and procedures to bring some commonsense into play here.
Jim Kerrin
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 I've lived across the street from St. Cabrini church for 14 years. Great church that I attended and invested in with time and monies. The church took a toll in maintenance costs from roof, ac, doors you name it.

I would like to see the chur...     read more
jt
New Orleans,LA 
2/9/2007 I think that FEMA's thinking is so bizarre. Had there not been a hurricane and flood to damage the building and there was just a plan to demolish it for the sake of building something new on the site I could see the fuss, but it was heavily damaged!...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Marrero, LA 
2/9/2007 It is incomprehensible to me that preservationists and the city allowed the Rivergate to be demolished to make room for a casino at the foot of Canal St. Similar in form to the concrete roof which is attracting such attention on Cabrini church, the r...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Nashville, TN 
2/9/2007 Vista Park and the sourrounding areas need an anchor to pull that area together. Holy Cross will be that anchor and if the church must go then lts lets get on with it !! Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, La. 
2/9/2007 I was an alter boy there in 1971. The church steple should stay. tear down the rest of it. The architechs should be able to acomplish some sort of homage to what once was.
Thank you
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/9/2007 It was a great disguss that I hear individuals rallying to support Holy Cross High School, staffed by an order from out of state, at the expense of St. Francis Carbrini Church the life blood of our parish. You support the destruction of a school wit...     read more Osceola Scanlan
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 FEMA--It is past time for Holy Cross School to be given the ok to move forward with the new construction site for the school. Cabrini Church was in disrepair before the Hurricanes hit our state and should have been torn down years ago. The Holy Cro...     read more Richard G. Barber '81 Jonathan M. Barber '06
St. Rose, La 
2/8/2007 In a quote taking from the Holy Cross Man,the school code

"He knows that HIS school is a training ground where he must mold himself into a usefulman. "

OUR SHCOOL, not part of someones old school. An a broken down, disgusting part ...     read more
Tyler Peterson '08
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 Hey Lakeview Guy, you are just like most of the other lakeview residents, you think that you are so high and mighty and above all others. Well, thanks for your comment regarding the Public Notice. Wait a second you didn't state whether you were for o...     read more Another Lakeview Guy
Lakeview, LA  
2/8/2007 Stupid citizens of Chilly Gentilly. You Gentilly people are so desperate that you will settle for anything. You are not the only people who flooded, but act as if Katrina only happened to you. Anyway Holy Cross will one day abandon you all just like ...     read more Lakeview Guy
New orleans louisiana 
2/8/2007 I still do not understand why something to this effect is still being discussed. Save a 40 year old building or save a 127 year old school. I know that it is hard to lose something that you love a lot, but i know that myself and every other Holy Cros...     read more Matthew Schenck '09
Chalmette, La 
2/8/2007 FEMA, all I hear is one versus another. The rhetoric gets loader and the arguments more intense. Cabrini supporters are not trying to stifle education. Cabrini supporters are trying to ensure that something they love is protected. Cabrini supporte...     read more Sarah Tracy
New Orlean, LA 
2/8/2007 Mr Verterber:

If you would like Cabrini Church to exist along at the Holy Cross site. You
and the friends of Cabrini pay for repair, and unkeep of the church. The churh was a maintenance nightmare. Let HC build a lasting school on this s...     read more
Larry J Meilleur Holy Cross Class of 1969
 
2/8/2007 Dear Sparkle Motion

I found the comments you stated to be highly offensive, in no way or shape does my mother resemble a large cow!



GO HC!
Gd Reggie Ray
 
2/8/2007 Holy cross is like a family to me, y'know? It's what i need in the morning next to my cup'o'joe. We don't hate Holy Cross....do we?

Where is my political debate?

Where is my vibrant thrust into action?
it doe'nt exist.

...     read more
Sparkle Motion
 
2/8/2007 FEMA & friends of Cabrini Church this issue is not about "YOUR OLD BUILDING "VS "OUR NEW BUILDING". This issue is about EDUCATION!
The young minds that are being influenced now by the decisions that have been made and will be made by all levels ...     read more
R. ROY
KENNER LA 
2/8/2007 Please let Holy Cross relocate to the Paris Ave site. City officials wanted Holy Cross at this site. Fema should allow them the opportunity to relocate to this site. It was agreed to then, all of a sudden, public hearing had to be held because of a v...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Moore, OK 
2/8/2007 It is quite evident that emotions run high on this issue. As I read the post I see several positions being taken. We have those that have waited in angst for an end (parents of HC students), we have those that LIVE in the area and await word to de...     read more Shelly Raynal
New Orleans La 
2/8/2007 There are some things that are staggering for this day and age. I, as a student of Holy Cross, and as a person with hopes for the future, am having an amazingly hard time understanding how this church, regardless of how old or attractive, has enough...     read more Mauricio Le Sage
New Orleans, La 
2/8/2007 Don't demolish another landmark in New Orleans. What will we have left as a part of histroy.New is not always better. P. Warwick
Edgard La 
2/8/2007 FEMA, We dare make comments because we pay taxes; The taxes that go into FEMA that you are using to build pseudo 18th century architecture. We dare make comments because we fed, clothed and sheltered Katrina victims; some of whom have made new lives...     read more Gina Wilmington
Dallas, TX 
2/8/2007 What a shame if FEMA takes into consideration opinions from people who live in Australia, France, Texas and whatever other state or country has to say about saving a church. I doubt these people have any financial interest in New Orleans whatsoever....     read more Concerned resident of New Orleans
 
2/8/2007 There are four reasons that the building at 5500 Paris should be torn down:
1 The building may have been of unique construction in N.O. but it was a faulty design and has been a maintenance nightmare since it was built.
2 The building sat in ...     read more
Suzanne Starr
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 What a shame it would be if Saint Frances Cabrini was destroyed! Surely there must be some way to compromise. Perhaps the school could restore and use this historic building as a performing arts center or as a Memorial to Katrina victims. Mark & Dakota Karrasch
Marble Falls, TX  
2/8/2007 FEMA, I am for Cabrini. I don't grasp the concept that letting Cabrini stand constitutes a deal breaker. Has the situation in New Orleans deteriorated to the point that the principle of compromise no longer exists? This is beginning to draw attenti...     read more Dr. Shepperd Sawyer, Retired
Dallas, TX 
2/8/2007 While no longer living in New Orleans, I cannot help but be saddened by the decision to move Holy Cross from its present site. As an outsider, I can not completely come to grips with the strong attachment to Cabrini church, but I can understand the ...     read more Gordon Camuel, Holy Cross, Class of '62
Plano, TX 
2/8/2007 For the good of the school and for the good of the neighborhood, the church should come down. It's time for the bureaucracy to end and start a new beginnning for Gentilly and HOLY CROSS. Barbara Neu
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 What a shame and how sad it will be if Holy Cross doesn't build on that site. I have hopes that my Grandsons will attend Holy Cross in my neighborhood. It will be an honor to have Holy Cross here. Demolish that Church and get on with the rebuildin...     read more Terry Aime
New Orleans, La. 70122 
2/8/2007 Rebuilding New Orleans will entail sacrifices from many of us. A church in disrepair that the Archdiocese has stated it will not removate can give way to a state-of-the-art school that will educate New Orleanians. It is time to face reality and move...     read more Kathy Guiden
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 FEMA, Since it doesn't appear to have filtered down to the masses, please look into the Friends of Cabrini's long range plans that show a viable way to repair and then sustain Cabrini. Let me ask this question please. If the naysayers from Holy Cros...     read more Nelson Victor
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 As a native of New Orleans and a graduate of a New Orleans Catholic school, I was saddened by the devastation suffered by Holy Cross and the Gentilly area. Let Holy Cross rebuild in Gentilly. The rebuild will bring much needed life to the Holy Cros...     read more Gina Venezia
 
2/8/2007 Please please please tear down Cabrini so that Holy Cross can help the
people of Vista Park/Gentilly have some hope of a better future! I was a resident of this neighborhood, and believe strongly that Holy Cross school
would bring a great fut...     read more
Monica Sellery
New Orleans, La 
2/8/2007 FEMA.. Save the church. The fallacious argument that Holy Cross will help the City rebound and flourish is just that ...a false argument. Gentilly may exprience some incidental growth as a result of the relocation but the Lower 9th Ward will lose a v...     read more Philip Warzlose
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 Tear down the Church! There was no discrepancy when the new location was decided upon. It popped up shortly before the transition period. It's time to re-build. The students and parents deserve it! The school's attendence will continue to fall i...     read more Douglas D. Tassin II
Holy Cross '03 
2/8/2007 Hey Tiger,

A Holy Cross man is always honest. You seem to be holding back.

Write what you want to write.



Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 From August 2002, until August 2005, I spent my 8th grade, 9th grade, 10th grade, and two weeks of junior year at 4950 Dauphine street. Since August 2005, I have had the unfortunate pleasure to attend four different school, 6 first days of school, a...     read more Kyle M. Gahagan
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/8/2007 FEMA - Please take into consideration that the State Historic Preservation Office only concured with your findings in an effort not to delay things even more.

The documentation included on this wedsite as attachments proves it!!

Se...     read more
Michael Kitto '83
Chalmette, LA 
2/8/2007 As a 1977 graduate of Holy Cross School and a former resident of the 9th Ward, I was heartsick when the decision was made to abandon Holy Cross' historic campus on Dauphine Street. One of the things that made Holy Cross so special was its neighborhoo...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Northport, NY 
2/8/2007 Please all, keep your comments civil and your passions strong. Pray that we will again one day shake down the thunder from the sky. tiger
 
2/8/2007 Although I hate to see a Catholic Church torn down, I welcome the investment that Holy Cross would bring to the neighborhood. I say tear down the building for the investment. GO TIGERS Phyliss Danner
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 As a business owner in Gentilly I welcome the revitalization that the Holy Cross School would bring to our neighborhood. Please tear down the building. Susan Kleamenakis
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/8/2007 Mr.Verderber,

I hope you are enjoying your new job out of New Orleans. I expect that you and your family located another historic 40 year old church in your new city.

Your attempt to obstruct progress in New Orleans will fail.
<...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 For those who wish to save the former church, what would be the plan if Holy Cross were to back out of this deal and locate their campus elsewhere? Who would provide the funds to not only repair the church, but to finance all annual expenses? You sho...     read more
 
2/8/2007 FEMA, If you toss out the hysterical rhetoric and base your decision on common sense. Holy Cross and Cabrini CAN co-exist. It doesn't have to be all or nothing, you don't have to destroy in order to build. I am sickened by the anger and hostility ...     read more Raymond Delhomme
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 FEMA has programs that are tied to rules and regulations. I know this very well since my home in St. Bernard Parish was completly destroyed by the Hurricane. WIth the many phone calls to FEMA to gather a little assistance the moral way, I heard the...     read more Chris Kennedy '91
Montz, LA formerly from Arabi, LA 
2/8/2007 Mr. Verderber, You better watch your comments or you will be fired from Clemson too. And how dare you claim New Orleans, you're in South Carolina now. Name redacted at request of author
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/8/2007 It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to reduce this issue to an either/or option. Compromise is the only logical answer. The Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church have demonstrated already that there is no reason why Holy Cross and the church c...     read more Stephen Verderber
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 as a resident of Oak Park I am pleading with you to approve the demolition of Francis Cabrini Church to make way for Holy Cross High School. The survival of our neighborhood depends on it. amelie oriol
new orleans, la 
2/8/2007 The damaged Cabrini Church is no more architecturally significant than the former Rivergate. We chose to tear that down for a casino. It seems to me that the greater good is served by replacing this damaged structure with a functional school. Roger Hackett
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 I think we can all agree that progress in essential for this city. Building Holy Cross where the church is would help the city grow. Growing is a form of progress!

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.

As for my...     read more
Evan Cvitanovic
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 FEMA....Cabrini should be salvaged, Holy Cross should embrace the offer to help save what could be a Performance Center or a memorial Center. It is laughable that Holy Cross should offer to build a church across the street when it isn't needed....th...     read more Lucy Bates Wilhelm
Dallas, TX 
2/8/2007 My wife and I hope to return to New Orleans to rebuild on our west Lakeview lot after our two-year teaching contracts in Costa Rica are up. Of course, our return is dependent on tangible progress in the neighborhood. Quite frankly, a decision to sav...     read more Jay Combe
Escazu, Costa Rica 
2/8/2007 THAT CHURCH IS JUST A MAN MADE BUILDING. I SAY TEAR IT DOWN SO HOLY CROSS CAN REVITALIZE THE AREA WITH THE SPIRIT AND MANNER THIS CITY NEED. HOLY CROSS PARENT
 
2/8/2007 Let HC build a school that one day will provide quality education for up to 1200 young men whose leadership this city will need. Please allow the church to be removed ASAP.
Stephen Cazalot HC '81
Gretna La. 
2/8/2007 Please add my name to the list to demo the building at 5500 Paris Ave.

Holy Cross Parent
P. Campo
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 Catholic education has been a pillar of stability and a standard of excellence in education in New Orleans for over a hundred years. One of our oldest educational institutions in ours city's history needs a home. I would like to think that the pres...     read more Derek Cummiskey
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 FEMA, Please add my name to the support and preservation of Saint Frances Cabrini.

Gilles de Bure, Architecture Critic
Gilles de Bure
Paris, France 
2/8/2007 The Holy Cross family has a long and storied history in the New Orleans area and it would seem to me that the importance of preserving this tradition must be considered in any discussions about their proposed new location. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans LA 
2/8/2007 Prior to Katrina, I resided in Lakeview. Now I am in Madisonville. When I found out that Holy Cross would be rebuilding at Cabrini, my decision was made to sell my house and rebuild in Lakeview. I have always dreamed of my son going to Holy Cross....     read more Shane Landreaux '95
Madisonville, Louisiana 
2/8/2007 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. ...     read more
Gregg Schenck
Chalmette, La 
2/8/2007 Why is it that those opposed to demolition of Cabrini are able to envisage working together with Holy Cross so that both can exist for the benefit of the other? Why is it that everyone, almost without exception, writing on behalf of Holy Cross can o...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/8/2007 The catalyst for bringing back this area is the relocation of Holy Cross to the Cabrini site. The church should be torn down. The close knit HC family is the future of this neighborhood. FEMA should not stand in the way of our city's recovery. Jordan Higgins HC '05
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 In the best interest in the recovery of the city, and especially this neighborhood, the chruch should be TORN DOWN. HOLY CROSS will be the jump start that this neighborhood needs to start its recovery. Don't stand in the way of our progress. Jackie & Frank Chifici
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 If the city is to move forward, sacrifices must be made. Not only is this church an eyesore to the neighborhood but there is no longer a parish to support it. It should be torn down and Holy Cross should be allowed to re-establish its school on th...     read more Pam Higgins
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 PLEASE!!!!!! Tear this church down and let Holy Cross begin the future. It's time for New Orleans to move forward! Stop the old days of politics and begin a new future. Let the city and our neighborhoods return. One step at a time. Deborah Barnes
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 There is no choice here the way your question is posed. Mitigation and avoiding damage to the property is a ludicrous proposition. I ask you: Have you been inside, have you driven in the neighborhood?!? What in heavens name is there to mitigate an...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/8/2007 I grew up 2 blocks from the Church and was a parishoner for years. It is imperative that the church be demolished if the adjacent neighborhood is to recover from Katrina. Holy Cross will be the stimulus for the redevelopment of the area. The demoliti...     read more Mark Fullmer
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 Tear down the church, to much time has been wasted already. Robert Rabb
Lacombe, La 
2/8/2007 We all need to remember that the Cabrini Church we know and love is GONE forever. The archdiocese has already made a decision not to renovate this church; therefore if left alone will continue to be a constant reminder of yet another place that was t...     read more Linda Russo
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 Please tear down the church. Rick Watson
Metairie, LA 
2/8/2007 We are deeply concerned for our neighborhood and its fiuture. Positive developments such as that of Holy Cross School's new campus offer many of us a glimmer of hope that a renewed interest in not only our neighborhood, but our city as a whole, is a...     read more Debra Neve
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 We need to just tear down the church and maybe put up a plaque or something for memory. There are plenty of churches in New Orleans much much older than this one so why do we need to keep this church. Just let Holy Cross build a new one and let the...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Harvey,La. 
2/8/2007 Tear down the building and let the nieghborhood move forward. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/8/2007 How much money will be wasted by FEMA before this matter is resolved. FEMA has the money to move the "building" to an open field so the people who want to view this "historic" building can do so to their hearts content. Then Holy Cross can build th...     read more J Cannon
Terrytown, LA 
2/8/2007 I am for the demo of the building! Holy Cross Parent
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 It is hard to let go of things we love. Ask any student at HC and they will tell you they don't want to leave their 9th ward campus. But, they need a new site with buildings that they can actually use, not buildings that are harmful to their health...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Chalmette 
2/8/2007 The issue is the historic significance of a neighborhood in New Orleans. The preservation of an old, historic neighborhood such as Mirabeau Gardens and other neighborhoods in Gentilly is tremendously more significant than saving a building that shoul...     read more Laurie Watt
Mirabeau Gardens, Gentilly, New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/8/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH! As a Holy Cross alumni, I was heartbroken to discover that Holy Cross would lose the historic 9th Ward campus. Nearly a century and a half of history and tradition has already been removed from the Holy Cross community in the ...     read more Alexander Biondolillo
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 susannah, you are in houston. please stay out of our business.
new orleans, la 
2/8/2007 This church should be restored because it is the work of a renown architect and a historical landmark. Because Frederick is now deceased, it is even more important that his remaining work be preserved, as the opportunity for another such structure (a...     read more Suzannah Morris
Houston, TX 
2/8/2007 Okay, so the Cabrini chucrch is no longer a church, but an empty shell of a building. A hazard. In a community that is overcome by crime and problems, you are going to leave this building empty and standing because some people want to call it "hist...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Gretna, LA 
2/8/2007 It would be a grave mistake to force the Holy Cross School, the Holy Cross Family, the Holy Cross Legacy to leave the city of New Orleans. Not only do both communities need each other but this city needs to have common sense and progress prevail. W...     read more Brian Freese
Metairie, LA 
2/8/2007 As an alumnus of Holy Cross, I have strong feelings on this subject and the future of our school.
Holy Cross has molded thousands of men in our community and eslewhere. At Holy Cross, we are taught more than what you read in text books. We are...     read more
Barrett Johnston
Waggaman, La 
2/8/2007 Let's see our choices. An old falling down church that no one will rebuild, or a brand new school with tradition that dates back to before any of your great, great grandparents were around. This is why people are leaving New Orleans. You want to h...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/8/2007 FEMA, Please allow those that want to salvage Cabrini to do so.

I would like to remind posters that this is not a forum for you to respond to one another. The purpose is to voice support and give arguments in favor of HC or SFC and not to g...     read more
Jeb Niesson
New Orlean, LA 
2/8/2007 The church may be old, but not over 100 years old. It should be taken down to make way for the school. The church will not function as a church nor as a turist attraction and therefore serves no purpose. It is not architechually significant such a...     read more Anton Peter Yrle
Metairie, LA 70006 
2/8/2007 D.J.
Obviously you are not familiar with the Holy Cross family. Holy Cross has children from all areas of New Orleans, yes even from Orleans. Many of the children who attend H.C. live in New Orleans, maybe a few less since the hurricane only be...     read more
S.J.
 
2/8/2007 Cabrini church supporters do not understand one very important fact. The church will NOT function as a church with masses, Baptisms, weddings, etc. anymore. The final mass was said in Sept. of last year. ALL parishioners were invited. An announcement...     read more HC Supporter
New Orleans 
2/8/2007 FEMA, Holy Cross' refusal to consider having SFC be part of their campus serves no purpose. Let's work together, lets find a solution....why does there have to be a loser? Do you want to teach the children that a perceived obstacle is best struck do...     read more Wallace Jefferson
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 Please save Cabrini...why would Holy Cross consider building a church for SFC when there is already a church there? Cabrini supporters have held forth cooperation and requested that HC consider alternate uses for the "building". Cabrini supporters ar...     read more Doris Jeanne Gonzalves
New Orleans, LA 
2/8/2007 If they so called church is saved, who is going to resurrect it? Where is the money going to come from?

Holy Cross in Gentilly is VITAL to the community not an asbestos infected structure!!

New Orleans 
2/8/2007 Stop the madness. Just go look at the structure. It is an eyesore. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/8/2007 This issue has obviously been controversial for the last number of months because there are two groups of people who simply cannot see the benefit of having the other group's request fulfilled.

There are members of the SFC community who ha...     read more
Ross Gonzales, Jr.
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 I graduated from Holy Cross last year so I know what it is like to attend classes in the FEMA temporary buildings. The buildings are okay but they are not a place where Holy Cross should be forced to hold class any longer than is necessary. If the ...     read more Michael Melerine
 
2/7/2007 How very sad that people who say they want to save a "church" for the sake of the community lash out at children? Are you seriously picking on a child because of his spelling, how Christain is that? You don't even know the age of this child, Holy C...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church and let the gentlemen from HOLY CROSS rebuild and start their traditions again. This school has always been such a huge part of my life. After Katrina we all went through so much, now we have a chance to move on and build...     read more Stephanie Merwin Harper
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 I went to HC, but I also went to Cabrini...SAVE THE CHURCH COME TO A COMPROMISE PEOPLE!!!!!! Davie Lartigue
 
2/7/2007 Maybe Holy Cross students should stop posting. You're not helping your cause much with spelling like this:

"I go to Holy Cross........and I think that if the Curch had holy stuff in it it would be wrong to knock it down but they took all th...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Quick show of hands -- How many of you plan to buy a flooded house in our neighborhood, repair it and live here? Well? Or will you be driving in from Metairie and dropping off your kids? You drove from Metairie all the way to the 9th ward too, did...     read more D. J.
 
2/7/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH!!! Stephen Orkus Jr.
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 FEMA please take into consideration who is for and who is against this! Our HC children have been in trailers for 18 months---no lockers, no class labs, no library, no cafeteria for hot lunches, no gym, and the list goes on...Local residents are bein...     read more Mandi Rudolph
Marrero,LA 
2/7/2007 Once again - THIS IS NO LONGER A CHURCH.
and no one should to be burdened with the expense of maintaining the building that has been a nightmare since its building.
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 This is truly heart breaking to see so much discussion regarding Cabrini church in which I graduated from and Holy Cross school. Holy Cross should have had all of the Cabrini area demolished a long time ago and it is terrible that Holy Cross is so fa...     read more Parent & Friend Of Cabrini area
 
2/7/2007 Please save the Church. I both attended the elementary school and church growing up having my baptism and first communion there. It is a definite part of the neighbor history that should be kept alive. Sean Raymond
Mandeville, LA 
2/7/2007 SAVE THE CHURCH. I attended many events for my nieces and nephew at this grand beautiful church. There is NO reason why it has to be torn down. Can't Holy Cross cooperate? The Archdiocese has insurance money to fix it, so why don't they? D.Hornot
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 Please read Richard Laymans interesting piece on Cabrini, all the way from D.C.

http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com/2006/12/churches-as-augurs-of-revitalization.html


Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Yes, Yolanda, "Maestri sold us on a functioning church and school" and now he's being asked to resign as Catholic Schools Superintendent. Although the 02-01-07 Times-Picayune article was about the problems with Catholic schools on the west bank, the...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Save St. Francis Cabrini Church, and let Holy Cross co-exist on the same property. I was a student at St Francis Cabrini School from 3 years old to my graduation. I was an alter server there for several years, and I look forward to the days when I ca...     read more Elliot Hatheway
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 I am building a new home where my old home formerly stood 2 blocks from the site. Many of my neighbors are rebuilding or building new as well. I feel certain that the site will languish or devolve if this new initiative doesn't happen. The new Hol...     read more Tim Meaut
 
2/7/2007 SAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL CHURCH- so many peoples lives and souls are caught up in this parish ,and church and Gentilly.This is only another way to foster rebirth in our community that has been locked out of the church and the parish's life. Don't let it ...     read more Peggy Ann Brou
New Olreans, LA 
2/7/2007 Holy Cross High School has educated young men from all economic levels. It never catered to any special segment of society, but opened its arms to all young men. It was a a friend to the neighborhood at its old site, at will will be a great asset t...     read more Leigh Anne Odinet
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Subject: Minutes of June 28 meeting concerning SFC parish

To: St. Frances Cabrini Parishioners and School Families (from Jan. 2006 reunion)

Cc: Most Reverend Alfred C. Hughes, Archbishop of New Orleans
Very Reverend Neal McDerm...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 It is incomprehensible to me that there is any further discussion on this topic. This was all decided months ago through the proper channels. The Gentilly area needs this school to revitalize the neighborhood. There aren't enough residents to supp...     read more Jeanne Ippolito
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Tear it Down Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 I have lost almost all hope that New Orleans will ever learn how to preserve its history while embracing modernization. The popular options in this debate, as in so many others in the past, extend only to "demolish and replace" or "leave to rot thro...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana (Gentilly) 
2/7/2007 I am definitely in favor of tearing down the church. Yes, the roof is a unique architectural design - not necessarily attractive - but unique. The same roof is also sitting on top of a building destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The building was expensi...     read more Missy Voisin
Terrytown La 
2/7/2007 Having attended both Cabrini and Holy Cross, I support the demolition of Cabrini church/school and relocating Holy Cross to the Legion Oaks (area's real name) neighborhood. Holy Cross has always been a supportive contributor to its neighborhood while...     read more Bill Hrapmann
Mandeville, LA 
2/7/2007 My father and my son were both educated by Holy Cross. Please tear down the church, allowing Holy Cross a great location to once again draw its many students and continue its work of educating our young men. Gail Freese
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 How long before H. C. starts buying up flooded houses for land to build a stadium in our (previously) nice little neighborhood? Look at the fight going on right now between Rummel H. S. and their neighbors.

BTW, if H. C. has all this money ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 FEMA, please consider the posts of people who are committed to rebuilding and have a stake in Gentilly, Holy Cross, and New Orleans. Please allow Holy Cross to move forward. It has been long enough. Leslie Nicosia
Braithwaite, LA 
2/7/2007 We all loved our church. I was married and had both my children baptized there. My oldest received First Holy Communion there. Both children attended school there and our family attended mass there and my wife [and children] were lifelong parishon...     read more Ramiro Guerra, Jr.
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Please save this wonderful architectural masterpiece Name redacted at request of author
Western Australia 
2/7/2007 FEMA... protect Cabrini Leyla Castro
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 The people of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church want Holy Cross to relocate at the Gentiliy location. The church would've been demolished anyway simply becuase of the asbestos. The roof also leaked. Allowing Holy Cross to move their would be benifici...     read more Madeleine Whitmire
Terrytown, LA 
2/7/2007 Please let Holy Cross move forward,(tear down the church) so much is being held up IN THIS STATE, it's time to build something NEW....HOLY CROSS IS TOO IMPORTANT to our community to hold up....IT IS OUR SUPERDOME! Yancy Matherne '77
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 FEMA, save St Frances X. Cabrini Martine DeLoach
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 I attended Holy Cross and graduated in 2000. I would love to see Holy Cross build on the site. Please let them tear down the church Marc Smith '00
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/7/2007 Debbie Johnson: all fema wants to know is if you support the demolition of the church, or support the saving of Cabrini. Forgive us if some people choose to be concise and simply state Tear down the Church. Isn't that all they want to know. Charles Childress III
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/7/2007 This property should be redeveloped. The church should be demolished. What stands there now is a tattered, rodent infested building. Give Holy Cross the opportunity to redevelop this property and continue its mission of turning boys into men. Dale B. Morrison
Houston, Texas 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church to make room for Holy Cross Shaun Arntz
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church so my grandson's school can build there. Holy Cross is important Charles Childress I
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 My grandmother loved Cabrini Church, tears would well up when she would talk about the exquisite baptistry. She loved watching baptisms. She died shortly after being evacuated. I have to hope that there is a way to save the church. I am so glad she...     read more Philippe Roylance
Carrollton, VA 
2/7/2007 tear it down please and let hc rebuild Anthony Thornton
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Tear the church down. Paul Reeb
Slidell, LA 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church. Let Holy Cross build. Jacob Chesnutt
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Save Cabrini please. Sherri Wright
San Antonio, TX 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church. Let Holy Cross move there. Brandon Bang
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church Andrew Cotter
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Please let Holy Cross build there. Tear down the church Elizabeth Miller
Metairie, LA  
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church and let Holy Cross build Ellen Miller
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church and make way for HOly Cross Justin Brandner
Slidell, LA 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church.... Let Holy Cross build on the site. But build a fountain to commemorate the church and parish Eric Dupuy
Slidell, LA  
2/7/2007 FEMA

A truly historic 125 year old educational institution viruses a not-so- historic building. A Church is not a building. People are the Church.

A Holy Cross School education has contributed to the development of many national, ...     read more
John Lee
Marrero, LA 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church so holy cross can build there Helen Miller
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 Change is often difficult.....with respect for the memories of folks who grew up in the neighborhood.......tear the church down and move forward for the good of many..... Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church so my grandson's school Holy Cross can rebuild Jane Woodruff
New Orleans, LA  
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church. Thank You. My son went to Holy Cross for 9 years. HC has been here for 125. Let's ensure they are here for another 125 Marijane W. Childress
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church, it won't be used anyway. the archdiocese doesn't want it. Let Holy Cross rebuild Rick Thompson
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Please let the church be torn down so Holy Cross can rebuild Josh Hurd
Pensacola, FL 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the Church. Let HC rebuild Matt Shadeed
Hoover, AL 
2/7/2007 Tear down that church Fema Derek Chapman
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/7/2007 Holy Cross made a committment to stay in the City of New Orleans. Meetings were held, plans were published, the Archdiocese and the parishoners of Cabrini agreed to sell the property Let the revitalization of the area go forward. Allowing the dem...     read more Michelle Klein
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church Lindsey Brinton
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/7/2007 Please tear down that Church Jeremy Burke
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 As a graduate of Holy Cross, I wish to express my support for keeping Holy Cross in New Orleans. If we could keep and rebuild everything that was destroyed in Katrina, I would support that. But as we all know we can't. Therefore, please make the w...     read more Keith Couture
Covington, LA 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the building and let Holy Cross build in Gentilly kim moore
hattieburg,MS 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church and let Holy Cross rebuild and revitalize Gentilly Stan Smith
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/7/2007 Tear down the church Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church and let Holy Cross Rebuild Gentilly. GO TIGERS Mary Bradley
Pass Christian, MS  
2/7/2007 My parents were married in that church, I was baptized and confirmed there. My Grandparents build and lived in one of the first houses in the Vista Park neighborhood, and I plan on rebuilding my home there as well. Most of our homes pre-dated the c...     read more Gary Sarrat, Jr
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 FEMA, initially I wasn't that interested either way but I've been reading the comments and I see anger and maybe some desperation but mostly I see hostility on the part of supporters for Holy Cross while I see more polite questioning on the part of t...     read more Becky Johnson
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Tear down the Church, let Charles' school Holy Cross rebuild their campus Ashley Wreay
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/7/2007 Tear down the church. Long live Holy Cross. Go Tigers Ashlee Benoit
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 The church is not an historical landmark. Parishioners have commented that it has always had problems. Please knock it down so that we can continue to educate our youth. Sr. Joyce M. Hanks, MSC
New Orleans, LA  
2/7/2007 Tear down that Church (building) Elise Jordan
Mandeville,LA 
2/7/2007 I currently own the empty lot(having demolished my flooded house) at 1569 Prentiss Avenue which directly faces the Cabrini parking lot, Please tear down the Church & School...my future depends upon it! Let Holy Cross build there the future of Oak Par...     read more Michelle Broussard
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 As someone who does not have a dog in the fight but is fascinated at the comments regarding the property, I see several things that jump out at a casual reader, to wit:

There appears to be a classic contest between preserving things of histo...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Man thats some wacked out bull
H sizzle my alma dizzle!!!

 
2/7/2007 What better legacy could we leave then to continue to educate young area men in the deep tradition of Holy Cross School. Holy Cross appears to deparately desire to remain in New Orleans and move forward with this property. Continued debate as to th...     read more Artie Kirsch
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 FEMA - No one, Holy Cross or the neighborhood of Gentilly should be burdened with the high expense of up keep of the building. Everyone that has been involved with the parish and building state that the building is very expensive to keep up and ther...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 Tear it down.It is not even historic. I would like to see my grandson from HC graduate in a nice building instead of trailers. Melva
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 FEMA. Maestri sold us on a functioning church and school. Why bulldoze one for the other? I agree that Holy Cross would be an asset to the neighborhood but not at the expense of Cabrini. Yolanda Desbois
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Tear it down. Holy Cross would be an incredible asset to the community. Monica
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 Before Katrina, I rode by Cabrini Church daily on my way to work. Each time I thought; what an eye sore. Physically the church is unappealing to the eye. I have attended mass in this church, and felt that the inside was no more appealing. Since t...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 FEMA, the Rev. William Maestri said the archdiocese needed to entertain unorthodox partnerships and be flexible. Why doesn't Holy Cross show some of that flexibility and entertain an unorthodox partnership with those that would save Cabrini? Isn't ...     read more Landon Walsh
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 There seems to be adequate information in support of both Holy Cross and Cabrini co-existing on the property. I attended Mass at Cabrini and thought the building was exceptional. If repairs can be made, why can't Holy Cross incorporate Cabrini into i...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Houston, Texas 
2/7/2007 FEMA, a win win is keeping Cabrini on site with Holy Cross building around it not substituting a gazebo or a plaque for it. Annelise Burnet
new Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 FEMA,
The majority in favor of demolition of the "church" have spoken! The few opposed to it don't even live here anymore. Take a hard swallow and realize that you have 500+ boys' future at stake. I am sure it is difficult for them to stay foc...     read more
Jude Lee
Marrero 
2/7/2007 My parents were founding members of St. Frances Cabrini parish. My brother and I, as well as both of my children, went to school there. Both of my children were baptized there. I was on the parish School Board for two years during the early 1990s. Un...     read more Jackie Miller
Augusta, GA 
2/7/2007 As a former resident of Gentilly and a relative of others still residing in the area, as well as a Holy Cross graduate, it is my firm belief and opinion the reconstruction of the Cabrini site is a win-win situation for all. The newly renovated site ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 FEMA.. Is Holy Cross going to elevate the site by 6-8 feet? Call me crazy for living in two hurricane prone states but I'm seriously considering giving up my NOLA connections. I'm sick of people asking for money from the government to fix their probl...     read more Roscoe "Butch" Conti
Miami, FL and New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Yes, I agree, everyone should make plans to attend the meeting and show up in any Holy Cross t-shirt, clothing they may have, come to the public hearing on the 26th and support Holy Cross
Slidell 
2/7/2007 PREVIOUS PROMISES
Holy Cross eyeing site in Gentilly
School hopes to open there next month
Thursday, July 06, 2006
By Bruce Nolan
Holy Cross School, the historic Lower 9th Ward institution damaged by Hurricane Katrina, might rem...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 As a former resident and student of SFC parish/school and a Holy Cross alum, along with my father ('35) and brother ('62), my position on SFC church is as follows...this country was built on and continues to this day as a democracy. The definition of...     read more HC Alum
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 Given that there is private sector funding and an organization ready to oversee the repair and restoration of this iconic spiritual and cultural community complex, I fail to understand why public money is needed to destroy it. With all that remains t...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New York, NY 
2/7/2007 It is baffling why this discussion is taking place over a structure with no historical significance. Holy Cross is an institution that dates back to the mid-1850's. It wants to commit to New Orleans. How many institutions are willing to do that at...     read more Michael S. Adams
Philadelphia, Pa. and New Orleans, La. 
2/7/2007 We the people... Yes, the people of the City of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, have soundly voiced support for Holy Cross to replant their heritage in the soils bound by Paris Avenue.

The Holy Cross community voted and vowed to re...     read more
Louie Saltzmann 1971
Metairie Louisiana 
2/7/2007 I sacrificed my freedom to go to Iraq once, and again soon, in order to express our right to have such freedoms as education. Now is the perfect opportunity for us to move Holy Cross in the perfect location! When I went to Holy Cross I had a car foll...     read more Sal DiCarlo, USMC Iraq Vet. - Holy Cross 01'
 
2/7/2007 This blog is great and all, but everyone out there who feels strongly enough should go to the meeting to let the government hear what we have to say face-to-face. If any serious people have an opposing view to this let them come as well and state who...     read more Miklos Halmos Class of '09 (holycrosssamurai)
 
2/7/2007 Typo..move along with the progress of Holy Cross. Vanessa
Greenbelt, MD 
2/7/2007 We need progress. Tear down the church, and more along with the progress of rebuilding Holy Cross. Name redacted at request of author
Greenbelt, MD 
2/7/2007 I must first preface this by saying that I attended Holy Cross from 5th through 12th grade. I grew up there. I made lifelong friends there. Holy Cross will always be a part of me, and I will always be a part of it. Before I became a Holy Cross Man, a...     read more Timothy Rodrigue
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/7/2007 FEMA, please keep Cabrini, many think it an eyesore now, but it can be as beautiful as ever if the people that love it are allowed to fix it. We could have done a lot with cooperation from the Archdicese. I wrote to Ms. Hedge-Morrell and she didn't e...     read more Annette Rodrigue
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Wow! There are a lot of unpleasant people that are going to be my new neighbors! I can't wait. Ruby
 
2/7/2007 Holy Cross is a Catholic school. And they expect to eventually get
up to an enrollment of 1400 students (very large school!) Presumably, they expect the families of these students to live in the neighborhood. So, where will these Catholic H. C....     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 I am horrified at the animus directed toward those that are trying to salvage Cabrini...whether or not it is a church. I am in favor of Holy Cross moving to Gentilly. I am not in favor of tearing down Cabrini. It isn't always necessary to destroy on...     read more Leticia Villareal
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Like many of the other commentators, I could not believe the attempt to designate this structure as historical. I do not know when the Cabrini church was constructed, but it was an eye sore before Katrina. Would not the entire area benefit from a w...     read more Darrin Forte
Madisonville, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 Churches spur recovery
Monday, December 18, 2006
In regard to Katrina recovery, is it just a coincidence that in areas where
pastors (perhaps most noticeably Catholic pastors) were allowed to go in and
start rebuilding almost immed...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 This is a joke. Who would not propose adding tax base to a city that is falling apart and allowing one of the finest educational institutions ever established in New Orleans to re-locate to Kenner.

Give me a break. Let me suggest that the be...     read more
Mike HC 82
 
2/7/2007 A church is where you make it, sanctity will be preserved no matter what. Thank you. Patrick
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 My son has been attending Holy Cross for 6 years now, and has 2 more to go. Until you become part of the Holy Cross Family you cannot realize the closeness the boys and families have with each other. The news that Holy Cross made a decision to rebu...     read more CHRIS
Slidell 
2/7/2007 tear down the church Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Please note that I am not arguing for the preservation of Cabrini at the expense of Holy Cross. I am asking that the idea of coexistence be throroughly explored before the wrecking ball makes that a mute point Kendall Frederick Pron
New York, New York 
2/7/2007 When I first heard of your intentions, I thought it was a joke. I mean who would honestly propose trying to classify a decommissioned and decaying church as a historic site instead of allowing one of the finest educational institutions ever establis...     read more Frank Slavich, III
Youngsville, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 I strongly support the notion that the current building be torn down to allow Holy Cross to develop a new school on the property.

The former church is in poor condition and the funds are not available to restore the structure in a reasonabl...     read more
Ronald Evans
Wilmington, DE 
2/7/2007 TO KENDALL FREDERICK PRON: I understand how you feel I didn't want my flooded house torn down either. However, Katrina left my family with little to no options. As a tuition paying parent of a Holy Cross student, it would be up to us to maintain th...     read more Phyllis Schenck
Ponchatoula, La. 
2/7/2007 Please FEMA, get out of the way. The Holy Crioss Family yearns for the day to have another Holy Cross campus. We miss each other and our facility. FEMA will never be able to give us what we once had, but you are in control of what we can have in the ...     read more Barry Uhle 72
Chalmette La. 
2/7/2007 I studied Architecture in College and I can say that in my opinion this church is not worth saving. This issue needs to be closed. You have a high school like Holy Cross where young men are getting an education, trying to recover and provide a better...     read more Kim Hery
Arabi, LA 
2/7/2007 While the building in question may have been important conceptually as far as use of materials and all of those other things that architecture students get all caught up in are concerned, the actual carrying out of the concepts was a practical failur...     read more Bret Carreras
Gentilly, LA 
2/7/2007 I attended and graduated from Holy Cross ('61). I also lived in St. Frances Cabrini Parish when the Church and School were built. Holy Cross was worth the "ride" or distance to attend. The Church building was an eyesore from the day it was built. ...     read more Frank H. Fabacher
Slidell, LA 
2/7/2007 My grandfather, father, uncles, my brother and I graduated from Holy Cross High School. Actually I had a great uncle who graduated from that institution when it was called St. Isidore's College. I grew up in Lake Vista, St. Pius X parish which is the...     read more Robert Favret
Metairie, La. 
2/7/2007 FIRST IT IS NO LONGER A CHURCH AND CULTURAL CENTER, SECOND IT IS NOT A BEAUTIFUL AND SIGNIFICANT PIECE OF ARCHITECTURE THAT MAKES NEW ORLEANS A GREAT CITY. HAVE YOU SEEN A PICTURE OF IT LATELY, IT IS A DECAYING, MOLDING, RAT INFESTED BUILDING WAITIN...     read more CHRIS
SLIDELL 
2/7/2007 FEMA THIS IS NOT A CHURCH AND SHOULD NOT BE LISTED AS ONE. WHY IS IT LISTED AS A CHURCH YOU ARE MISLEADIND PEOPLE
 
2/7/2007 Tear the building down and let Holy Cross get on with the business of doing what it has been doing for over 150 years--educating young men. If this doesn't happen soon, HC will have an uncertain future. PLEASE demolish the church and put up a small m...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 The church was not in good condition before Katrina. It is in even worse condition after Katrina. The Archdiocese says they are not going to fix the church. Tear it down and let Holy Cross build there school. Those students and families have been...     read more
 
2/7/2007 KEN WILLIAMS THE ONLY TRAVESTY IS YOU THIS BUILDING IS NOT A CHURCH TAMMIE
 
2/7/2007 I was born and rised in New Orleans and attended Holy Cross. You would figure that after 30 years I would not be amazed by the need to be politically correct. The fact is that we are jumping through hoops to satisfy a minority of activist. The chu...     read more
 
2/7/2007 TEAR THE BUILDING DOWN!!! PUT HOLY CROSS THERE!!! STOP TRYING TO START CRAB FOR OTHER PEOPLE111 Steve Acheson
New Orleans, La 
2/7/2007 Only good things can happen to our neighborhood with Holy Cross moving in. This will be a catalyst for the renovation of the area. Keeping the St. Francis Cabrini church in place will only delay the plans for the school to start this rebuilding the...     read more Kathryn LeSage
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 CABRINI IS NO LONGER A CHURCH.
PEOPLE NEED TO REMEMBER THIS IS ONLY AN EMPTY BUILDING
HISTORICAL GOOMBAS ARE TRYING TO SAVE THE BUILDING NOT THE CHURCH !!!!!

 
2/7/2007 I have a number of friends from Cabrini Parish (including an architect) and we all agree that this church building has no HISTORICAL significance to the City of New Orleans. What it may be is a building of
ARCHITECTUAL significance, but only to...     read more
Ronald Garrity, CPA
Covington, LA 70433 
2/7/2007 The argument for holding up demolition of this structure seems to me to be one man's ego trip, and I am throroughly dismayed that FEMA is delaying the revitalization of an entire neighborhood in order to indulge this single well-connected individual....     read more Tom Henehan
 
2/7/2007 It is time to allow our community to heal and move forward. Holy Cross has been an Historic part of New Orleans and they should be allowed to stay in the city to rebuild. This Community needs these roots to be replanted and grow, so they should be al...     read more Margie Palmeri
Marrero ,La 
2/7/2007 This institution (H/C & Archdiocese of NO)has been up front from the very beginning and then a crazy architect wants to protect his work. In affect putting all the students and faculty on hold. The process carried out by the archdiocese and Holy Cros...     read more Nanette Delhomme-Hery
Arabi, La 
2/7/2007 I am still trying to understand why this is still being debated. The church needs to be torn down as soon as possible, because the residents of Gentilly and the archdiocese want it that way. Holy Cross will not keep waiting, they will just move elsew...     read more Chris Guccione
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 While it is amazing that anyone would consider this building to be of historical significance, that is not the point. The rebuilding of New Orleans and this Gentilly neighborhood should be paramount on everyones radar screen. Allowing an institutio...     read more Mike Benge
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 As a property owner in the surrounding area, I urge you to move forward with the demolition of this building. Please allow new life to be brought in the area by allowing Holy Cross to relocate to this site. This is what is best for Gentilly and my ne...     read more David B.
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 TEAR IT DOWN AND LET US MOVE FORWARD, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. FEMA NEEDS TO ASSIST US AND WORK WITH US NOT CAUSE MORE PROBLEMS FOR US. HOLY CROSS HAS A PLAN THAT WAS APPROVED WITH PERMITS ALREADY IN HAND TO PROCEED. LET US MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS ISSUE F...     read more Name redacted at request of author
SLIDELL 
2/7/2007 There is nothing architecturally significant about this building, and it stands in the way of something truly revitalizing. Tear down this crumbling eyesore, and let something new arise from it. Theodore Breaux
new orleans 
2/7/2007 Being a part of the Holy Cross Family i say
Tear Down the Church. Let me graduate from a school not a trailer
Lance Smith
 
2/7/2007 Katrina, as we all know, hit August 29th, 2005. We are now approaching (within 6 months) the 2 year anniversary and no progress has been made thus far to help revitalize this institution. The education of young men (my own included) is being comprom...     read more Michael Stawski
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 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 campu...     read more Patrick Ponseti
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 We must, for the sake of this community and New Orleans in general, begin making progress. Projects that will benefit the city, like re-building Holy Cross and providing quality education must move forward. Please don't let the objections of a smal...     read more Santo Migliore
Mandeville, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 Let's move forward, tear it down. Veronica Bailey
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Many residents of my community are waiting on the outcome of this decision prior to rebuilding. We need Holy Cross, we want Holy Cross to come to our community. The church was costly to maintain and never really fit in to the arthitecture of the com...     read more Jeannie Truxillo
New Orleans LA 
2/7/2007 THE BUILDING IS NOT A CHURCH !!!!!!!! THE BUILDING IS NOT A CHURCH !!!!
STOP CALLING IT A CHURCH

 
2/7/2007 As sad as it was for the Holy Cross students to accept that they would no longer be at the campus in the 9th Ward, it was exciting for them to look forward to rebuilding at the Cabrini Church location. They are strong, resilient young men - Let Holy...     read more Michelle Eppley
Braithwaite, LA 
2/7/2007 EVERYONE LIVING OUT OF TOWN.
there are a lot of people that are living out of town and feel they have a right to be involved in the progress of our city you are talking about save this PRECIOUS.LANDMARK What precious landmark? IF you are from he...     read more

New Orleans  
2/7/2007 I am a student at Holy Cross, and I think it is nonsense that the only thing holding us up is not being able to tear down the church. To be honest, has anyone seen the church, it is in terrible condition, and if they do not let us tear it down,the ch...     read more Tyler Peterson '08
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 The building must be torn down. If it stays who will pay to maintain it? It will no longer be a church. Let Holy Cross continue its service to the community; Their service for outweighs the significance of this building. Chris Odinet
Madisonville, LA 
2/7/2007 Have you no soul? Let New Orleans Rebuild!!! jason jones
Atlanta 
2/7/2007 Coming from a city with ever deeper ties to New Orleans -- and from a city that constantly obliterates its physical history in the name of "progress" -- I request the church not be torn down. For the sake of keeping alive what you can about New Orle...     read more Freddy Rogers
Houston, TX 
2/7/2007 hi, i live around the new school site, i heard the church gave the cabrini school a ton of problems plus it costed plenty of money to repair, they should just tear down the church, and make way for the future of HC Tigers B.MOORE
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 All nonsenseical babel and acrimonious banter aside....
What would you rather?
A continuing tradition of "obvious" excellence, or to just have a church that has, from what i hear, has no personal value.
Second chances are what run this wo...     read more
Andrew Landry '08
 
2/7/2007 The attempt to declair this 60 year old building as histrocially signficant is a travesty. The City and the neighborhood now have the chance to revitalize an important residential area that otherwise might not recover from the impact of the storm fro...     read more Lawrence Montz
Frisco, TX 
2/7/2007 I am a structural engineer and a native of Gentilly. My firm, and myself have worked with Mr. Curtis and Mr. Davis on many of their projects and have the utmost repspect and admiration for thier architectural abitlities and achievements. I believe ...     read more Ashton B. Avegno, Jr. P.E.
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Yo whats up peoples. Ima say tear down that church ya heardz me. No mo' crusty raggade buildings. Zachary J. Gaston
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 Well listen up, if HC doesn't have any other choice, then why not let them be a part of this new section
Church is fa fools
A. Nony Moose
 
2/7/2007 ANY ONE WHO COMMENTS OUT OF STATE THAT DOESN'T HAVE ANY CONNECTION WITH HC AND THE CHURCH...
Leave out.

 
2/7/2007 Hey you....Society
Tear down that church
Just do it.
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Histrory is important and we must all learn from it, sometimes embrace it but sometimes when history stands in the way of more pressing needs, history must give way. Holy Cross has historical significance but in the post Katrina world the survival of...     read more Daniel Caruso
New Orleans, La 
2/7/2007 It is time to move forward!!! The church was not and is a historical landmark. It has always been difficult to maintain and was in need of repair before the storm. Holy Cross will anchor this neighborhood, as it has for the 9th ward for 129 tears. ...     read more William Schehr
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church and Cultural Center, New Orleans should not be torn down. In people's haste to rebuild New Orleans it would foolish to destroy the beautiful and significant architecture that makes New Orleans such a great city. George Barnstone
Houston, Texas 
2/7/2007 This property was never on any historic registry pre-Katrina. Why now? Laurie Gaudin
Belle Chasse, LA 
2/7/2007 THE BUILDING that we are talking about is NO LONGER A CHURCH !!!!
WE NEED to STOP CALLING IT A CHURCH. PEOPLE READING THIS NEED TO CONSATNTLY BE REMINDED "IT JUST A RAT INFESTED EMPTY BUILDING
ALL OF THE ITEMS MAKING IT A CHURCH HAVE BEEN...     read more
KAREN
NEW ORLEANS 
2/7/2007 tear down the church Les Barrois
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 This building was a money pit that the Archdiocese of New Orleans didn't want to support before the Storm and surely doesn't want to now. If it is allowed to remain will the people who are screaming for it going to support it and make it into somethi...     read more Mark Grusich
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 If FEMA does not very quickly approve the demolition of Cabrini Church, then it is working to prevent to reconstruction of our neighborhood. It makes no sense to preserve a church which was an economic drain even before the hurricane, had a frequentl...     read more Melanie Ehrlich
New Orleans, LA 70122 
2/7/2007 As a parent of a 9th grader who attends Holy Cross, I would like for the church to be torn down. Come on people, lets put education ahead of a building that supposedly has/had beautiful architcture. What Holy Cross intends to build on the site has ...     read more A RUSSO
GRETNA, LA 
2/7/2007 Why wasn't this is an issue in the original negotiations? Why is this an issue now? So many complain of the church being a burden from the beginning...a leaking roof, hefty repair bills...why not let Holy Cross come into the neighborhood and RE-vital...     read more Barbara Relayson
Gretna, LA 
2/7/2007 I grew up in this area. This is a modern church with very minimal religious architecture. I do not think it belongs on the register of historic places. This is really ridiculous. I have been to St.Frances many times before Katrina. It had no religi...     read more Name redacted at request of author
2905 Pritchard Rd 
2/7/2007 Do not tear down this precious landmark. Cassandra Meynard
Tucson, AZ 
2/7/2007 My son is a member of the Holy Cross Family. He will graduate in 2009. He has been a student since the 7th grade. Holy Cross is a wonderful school. As side of the outstanding education, it also teaches them to become putstanding young men. Holy C...     read more Michelle Vavasseur
Gretna, LA 
2/7/2007 In November of 2006, the Gentilly Presidents Council (Presidents of the 19 neighborhood associations of Gentilly) met with myself as President of the Gentilly Civic Improvement Association to further discuss the demolition of St. Frances Cabrini. read more Scott M Darrah
New Orleans LA 
2/7/2007 There is no need to demolish the church and it would be a terrible shame to do so. The school can be well-served by the church's facilities. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 If the church is left standing as is, who will manage the upkeep of this high maintenance property? The Archdiocese of New Orleans cannot. If left as is, the church will become another sad reminder of Katrina's devastation and the poor decisions ma...     read more Nicholas B. Barrett
Williamsburg, Virginia 
2/7/2007 It amazes me the things that people will jump on the bandwagon for...We have so many other things going on in this city that we should be concerned about.
As it was pre-Katrina we could not get anything done, because of all of the beauracrisy we...     read more
Trinice Hunt
Gretna, LA 
2/7/2007 Do not tear down this church it would be a travesty!!!!!!! ken williams
 
2/7/2007 Please allow the Holy Cross legacy to continue, in an area that has been hit so hard, but with the opening of the state of the art school that Holy Cross can provide, the Gentilly area will come back strong and that is what the city really needs. Name redacted at request of author
metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 I see nothing "historic" about this church building. For the years that it existed as a faith community, St. Francis Cabrini Parish served the community well. Holy Cross High School will carry on that tradition of love and service. Please allow th...     read more Sr. Clarita Bourque, MSC
New Orleans, LA 70117 
2/7/2007 Tear down the church Pete Larsson
Palm Coast, FL 
2/7/2007 Please leave the structure and improve it. Enough historical landmarks are destroyed each day in this country. When buildings all look alike, we will regret the loss of our heritage. Eric Dinerstein
Washington, DC 
2/7/2007 I am a member of the Holy Cross Family. I graduated from Holy Cross in 1970. I never could have imgined the profound effect Holy Cross would have on me every day of my life. It was one of the most special times for me and my family. That is why I sen...     read more Roy Mouledous, Jr.
Slidell,La. 
2/7/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH! Jeff Poche'
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 Please allow Holy Cross to move forward. These young men have endured a lot and deserve to have some place to call home. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Please do not destroy what could finally be the beginning of an extraordinary rebirth of this community. Please allow for the removal of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church so that Holy Cross can move onto the property and become the impetus. not onl...     read more Laurie Wahlder
Harahan, LA 
2/7/2007 As a Holy Cross alum and admirer of the community most of them have built and stand for, I recommend that FEMA and other agencies involved with determining the historic status of St. Francis Cabrini Church take due time and consideration needed to ma...     read more William Hippler '03
Metairie,LA 
2/7/2007 Please allow the neighborhood, and city to move forward. The building in question does not qualify as historic under any of the objective criteria. It is considered, and then only by some, under one subjective clause in the criteria. Enough about ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
belle chasse, La 
2/7/2007 Even if I were not the designing architect's daughter, even if I had never visited Cabrini and found it to be an extraordinary and unique representation of modern architecture as well as a grace infused sanctuary, I would be hard pressed to understan...     read more Kendall Frederick Pron
New York, New York 
2/7/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH! Stephanie Plescia
 
2/7/2007 Thank you, FEMA, for putting this issue to rest with the formal airing of views on this subject.
There should be nothing to stand in the way of the Brothers of the Holy Cross and their intention to invest in the City of N.O.
There are many...     read more
Liz Geraci Core
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/7/2007 Tear that church down, make way for Holy Cross John Levine
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH! Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 PLEASE EXPEDITE THIS MATTER AND TEAR DOWN THIS BUILDING THAT IS NO LONGER A CHURCH AND ALLOW HOLY CROSS TO FULFILL ITS MISSION OF BOYS TO MEN. Natalie Watson
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 As a 35-year member of the St. Frances Cabrini Parish, I'd like to voice my opinion that the church be demolished to make way for an historic New Orleans school - Holy Cross. The Curtis and Davis design of the church was distinctive, but as a parishi...     read more Sue Keevers
Boulder, Colorado 
2/7/2007 M R. F E M A, T E A R D O W N T H A T B U I L D I N G !!!!!!!
The community surrounding the new Holy Cross site has been destroyed, including the church and school. There has been very little recovery in the area. The new Holy Cross deve...     read more
Frank C. DiVincenti, M.D.F.A.C.S.
Gretna, La. 
2/7/2007 It is time to move forward in building Holy Cross School on the St. Francis Cabrini/Redeemer campus. Forums and meetings have been conducted and the Archdiocese has determined that it is not a viable option to rebuild the church. Emotions are high,...     read more Mr. & Mrs. Steven Linam
Gretna, LA 
2/7/2007 If the Rivergate was torn down for a casino why can't a flooded church be torn down for the eduation and formation of boys? This is a no brainer!! Name redacted at request of author
Metairie, LA 
2/7/2007 Tear down the Church, Holy Cross is too freat of an institution to be held back Clay
Slidell 
2/7/2007 Please tear down the church now and allow Holy Cross to rebuild.
Kevin Watson
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 THIS BUILDING IS NO LONGER A CHURCH STOP REFERING TO IT AS ONE
IT IS JUST AN OLD FUNKY BUILDING THAT NEEDS TO BE TAKING DOWN BEFORE SOMEONE GETS HURT.
IF YOU THINK THE BUILBING IS SO GREAT I SAY LIVE IN IT AS IS FOR 30 DAYS. THEN GIVE US YO...     read more
K
NEW ORLEANS LA 
2/7/2007 Tear down the Church Name redacted at request of author
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/7/2007 Dear "Name redacted at request of author",
If you are going to be so bold as to attack the educational integrity of an institution such as Holy Cross High School. At least have the decency to leave your name. It not only detracts from th...     read more
Rene Dauterive
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/7/2007 I THOUGHT I HAD SEEN IT ALL, I GUESS I WAS WRONG !!! PEOPLE WILL DO ANYTHING FOR 15 mi of FAME
1) How many of the Historic GOOMBAS attended what once was Cabrini?
2) How many of the Historic GOOMBAB are from NEW ORLEANS not moved here in ...     read more
Katie
NEW ORLEANS 
2/7/2007 Tear down the church. Rebecca
St Augustine, FL 
2/7/2007 Why do we continue to ask what is taking so long with the rebuilding of New Orleans. This is just an example. Holy Cross has devoted itself to help with the rebuilding of New Orleans by staying in the city it has been in for over 150 years, and this ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Having been a resident of St. Frances Cabrini Parish (Chamberlain Dr. and Athis Street, one block from the church) for the majority of my life, I have many great memories of that church. I was baptized, confirmed and married there. I also attended ...     read more Maurice Sidney Falk
 
2/7/2007 Tear down Cabrini Church. Let Holy Cross start again. B
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Tear down the church! Let Holy Cross begin the rebuilding that will bring back that area of the city. Debbie Wynot
Metairie, LA  
2/7/2007 Save the "Cabrini Building"... if the spelling I've seen on the "I go to Holy Cross" writers is an example of the wonderful education they are receiving...there needs to be some remedial work done. Cabrini needs remedial work and it needs to continu...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 tear it down let us start new Name redacted at request of author
lafayette,la 
2/7/2007 The aftermath of Katrina has forced many people to make difficult decisions. This is not one of them. Our city needs leaders...people who's vision of a better tomorrow makes them willing to invest in uncertainty. Holy Cross, as an institution and ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Covington, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 Although the church is considered by some to have some unique architectural features, I personally feel that design flaws and hurricane damage made the building impracticable to maintain for any purpose.

"Art is in the eye of the beholder"...     read more
Dick Watson - A'66
 
2/7/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH!!!!!
Allow Holy Cross to continue their tradition in an area that will help both the school and city.
Dee & Bill Schaefer
Harvey, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 I am a Holy Cross Alum, owned a home within 1 block of the new potential gentilly location and lived in Cabrini parish.. The world of NOLA has changed and what was may no longer be. Our institution has been in temporary facilities for 18 months and n...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Covingto, LA 
2/7/2007 History should never be preserved at the expense of our children's future. It's purpose is to teach us not to repeat the mistakes of the past. If Gentilly does not come back, if Holy Cross is unable to move, the church will slowly deteriorate proclai...     read more Thomas M. Heller
New Orleans, LA. 
2/7/2007 Generally properties are not placed on the Histroic Register if they are less than 50 years old; is the period of their historical signigicance is less than 50 years old; or if they have been significantly altered. Using this criteria the Cabrini bu...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 The church needs to go, for progress! Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 If FEMA doesn't allow this church to torn down, Holy Cross will move to another site and thrive just it has for 125 years. On the other hand Cabrini will ultimately be torn down, if not by FEMA but by time. The Archdiocese has already stated they w...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Chalmette/Ponchatoula, LA. 
2/7/2007 Tear down the church. It has no historically or architectual significance relative to a city like New Orleans. James R. Danner, Jr, PE
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Holy Cross will be good for the community. They deserve a chance. Tear down the Church. The Cabrini Church location will give young men from around the entire city a chance to get the experience and education at a fine institution. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 Demo the Church and let the city rebuild. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Why is FEMA even considering funding a Catholic Prep School? If Holy Cross is such a historic institution why isn't it seeking to restore itself to its former glory in the Lower 9th Ward. This is crazy.... No money should be going into this at all. ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 One of the most tremendous aspects of Holy Cross is our acknowledgement of our history and family. By allowing us to build at Cabrini, you're allowing us to continue this tradition in an area that will surely help both the school and city rebuild. ...     read more Scott Nelson
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 If this building is not torn down it will only sit and rot, it will become yet another blighted building in New Orleans. Holy Cross will build a vibrant campus that will help the entire community, a jolt of energy and confidence that will help the s...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 There is no reason the building can't be restored except for stubborn entrenched people that have an all or nothing attitude. As one who helped with the gold leafing after work and in fact invested "blood sweat and tears" I ask FEMA to give Holy Cros...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 Tear it down
 
2/7/2007 Tear it down so New Orleans can move forward and re build Mr. Martin Larsson
Palm Coast, FL 
2/7/2007 Tear down the church please.
 
2/7/2007 Hello i go to Holy Cross and I think that it is ridiculous that you people actually think that this church is a historic building. If you want to see historic bulidings go to Holy Cross and look at all the buildings there. If you people don't give u...     read more Brian Reaney
chalmette, Louisiana 
2/7/2007 I would love to know how many of you "Save the Church" people have actually ever step foot in that church - or any church for that matter. Holy Cross Tigers Forever - Wherever, Whenever!!!!!!! Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/7/2007 TEAR DOWN THE CHURCH LET NEW ORLEANS REBUILD AND PROGRESS Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans La 
2/7/2007 After Hurricane Katrina, people began to wonder will my life ever be the same again? The answer to this question is no it will never be the same but it can have a sense of normalcy. As a displaced New Orleanian, the one thing that I want the city t...     read more Dr Catherine Childress
St Augustine Florida 
2/7/2007 The Key issue is to avoid, minimize or mitigate the adverse effects caused by the undertaking. That is what 106 Review is about. How is Holy Cross going to avoid, minimize or mitigate adverse effects to Cabrini? Its simple....Keep the church. Holy...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/7/2007 Tear down the church. Its not even in the historic regisrtry, it needs too much work, it stands in the way of bringing back New Orleans. Name redacted at request of author
 
2/7/2007 "We are the body of Christ....the Church....the people of God."

After WWII, the St. Frances Cabrini Parish was formed for the huge numbers of returning veterans and their young families. In fact, the area adjacent to the site was called Leg...     read more
Cathy Beshel
Jackson, MS 
2/7/2007 Tear down the Church. There's no reason to keep it. Even if somebody were to rebuild it, it would go unused. Darren Kattan
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 If we continue to allow such trivial obstacles to stop the progress of rebirth, New Orleans will never recover.... and our children will bear the weight on their shoulders. This building is no longer a church. The Archdiocese has already desanctifi...     read more Beth d'Aquin
Marrero, LA 
2/6/2007 I see no significant historic value to a church that is younger than Iam.Additionally the neighborhood is many, many years away from regaining the pre-Katrina population and therefore the church is many, many years away regaining its pre-Katrina pari...     read more Lambert C. Boissiere, Jr
New Orleans,La. 
2/6/2007 Please consider the demolition of SFC Church. Bringing Holy Cross into the Gentily area will revitalize the area and the entire Holy Cross Family. Why open a church if there are few to none parishoners to come and donate money to? There's no more SFC...     read more Adam Garin '04
Hattiesburg, MS 
2/6/2007 It is my understanding that the Rivergate which is now Harrahs casino was the only other building with the same unique architectural significance as the Cabrini Church. Again if I understand, it was okay to demolish a building with architectural sig...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/6/2007 We've lost so much already,Holy Cross and this property are a way for a couple of those lost assets to our community, to be a catalyst for a great part of town.
Michael Gowland
Lakeview 
2/6/2007 The acquisition of the St. Francis Cabrini Property by Holy Cross is important for the future of New Orleans. The private Parochial Schools have been an important factor in the New Orleans Area. This will help attract future industry to the New Orl...     read more John A. Schneller
Prairieville, Louisiana  
2/6/2007 As ae former employee of Cabrini, I can attest to the maintenance nightmare that Cabrini church and school were. The school was falling apart, and looked awful (the school was built in the same style as the church, so why isn't it being considered f...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 In a city that measures history in centuries rather than decades, why is FEMA crippling a community for a dilapidated church with little (if any) historical significance? If the Gentilly area in question is going to survive, it needs an infusion of s...     read more Keith Haggerty
Orlando, FL 
2/6/2007 The HC relocation to SFC site is the only substantive project for Gentilly. Its positve impact toward revitilization of Gentilly is immeasurable. The historic value of the mid 1900's church is negligible. As a Gentilly resident, I urge swift action t...     read more Charles Riemer
New Orleans, La. 
2/6/2007 I don't understand how so many can ask FEMA not to follow through with the 106 Review Process. Holy Cross wants money to relocate and rebuild but they don't want anyone looking at the transaction. Having been involved in commercial real estate for ...     read more
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 The Archdiocese has not been transparent in its dealings with the parishioners. The Archdiocese should have told the 500+ people attending the Reunion Mass of its intentions instead of having a "surorise decommission". The incredible sense of betra...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 Many of you beleive that the insurance money that the Arch. has received for the damages sustained by Cabrini will be used for other things. That is incorrect. If you would have attended the well publicized meeting you would know that the Arch. wil...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/6/2007 I would like to know how Holy Cross plans to commemorate Cabrini. There is no equalizing losses when Holy Cross has a new campus built with tax dollars and Cabrini brought over 4 million in insurance proceeds to the Archdiocese and is destroyed. Whet...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 Please understand that the Holy Cross Administration will show great respect in memorializing this church for future reflection of its Parishioners. We all have sacrificed to overcome the effects of Katrina. I would hope that those who have the best...     read more Richard Bulot
Slidell, Louisiana 
2/6/2007 As the parents of a senior, I suppose where the school goes will not directly effect our son. As taxpayers of Orleans Parish we believe that moving Holy Cross to Gentilly is vital to the recovery of both the city we love and the school that has nurtu...     read more Mike & Terri Rousey
New Orleans  
2/6/2007 One thing all seem to agree on is the architectural significance of the church. I don't know the details of its condition, but if it must be demolished as dangerous, then it makes sense to make certain that a record of all about it be preserved. On...     read more H.C. Clark
Houston, Texas 
2/6/2007 Hello, the building was insured, the money is there for repairs, the Archdiocese chooses to use the money elsewhere. Aren't there any girls in Gentilly that need educating? Why should FEMA pay to relocate Holy Cross? Keep Cabrini and hold the Arch...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 It's overwhelming apparent former and present parishioners recommend the demolition of this structure. FEMA should NOT recommend anything other than it's demolition. Robert Stein
Robert Louisiana 
2/6/2007 Please understand the importance of this issue to Gentilly and the surrunding communities. all other areas of the city seem to have major redevelopment going on ( New Orleans East, Mid-City) Gentilly is being left in the dust because of a variety of ...     read more Dr. Vera Triplett
 
2/6/2007 Many formal meetings and casual discussions led to the decsion of the Gentilly community's support of demolishing the Cabrini church, which is explicitedly evidenced by the number of posts exhibited on this site. FEMA is simply being used at the expe...     read more Nikki Najiola
Oak Park, NOLA 
2/6/2007 I am 100 percent behind the demolition of St. Francis Cabrini Church. Although I would agree that the church is unique and a beautiful example of modern twentieth century architecture, we must be realistic about its future. What would happen if it is...     read more Melissa Daggett
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/6/2007 This church needs to be torn down. Holy Cross will be a great asset to the neighborhood. We had to tear down our house and are renovating an old house in the area. Some buildings and houses will have to go and others will stay. I think that one s...     read more C. Graber
New Orleans, LA 70122 
2/6/2007 I totally support the demolition of this Church. It is needed for redevelopment of the neighborhood. Holy Cross School will be a good neighbor, and will help to reinvigorate a desolate area. I think they have been jacked around long enough. It is...     read more Tom Kennedy
Metairie, La 
2/6/2007 I fully support the demolition of the Cabrini Church. I feel preservation of this building will be more destructive to the community than if it is refurbished.
Jim Melancon
Kenner, LA 
2/6/2007 Why is it that Holy Cross school is eligible for full funding for relocating the school when individual homeowners are docked Road Home money if they locate in a diferent place? The contradictions in policy are outrageous! Nonetheless, Holy Cross sho...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 WOW, I love it. FEMA has the money and locals are insulting them. It isn't your money people. It seems to me that the money dictates what will be done whether we like it or not. The fastest way to get money is to play NICE. Save Cabrini and make Ho...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 I was married at SFC in 1978 and my first chlld was baptized there in 1983. Our family celebrated scores of events within it's sacred walls. I would not recommend rebuilding. It was an impractical design and a maintenance nightmare. Suzette Mouton Mule'
Billings. MT 
2/6/2007 I am a former employee of FEMA and I think that the HP Section in the
JFO (they will know what this means) is wrong headed on this issue. There
are hundreds, if not thousands, of endangered shotgun houses around
and the focus on this chur...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/6/2007 I do not believe that St. Francis Cabrini Church should be considered a historic property. My home, which is in that neighborhood, is older than that church, and so are many of the other homes in that area. My house will be torn down next week. Ma...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA  
2/6/2007 FEMA, why are you getting involved with Holy Cross School's attempt to rebuild? Hasn't New Orleans had enough disasters for one lifetime? Name redacted at request of author
Kenner, LA 
2/6/2007 Hey Fema! Why not concentrate your efforts on the newest disaster in Florida? Those people need you.
This relocation was going just fine until you got involved. Please step back and let this pathetic building that only a handful of people ca...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, La. 
2/6/2007 Most areas of the city have been revived because they had an "engine" driving the progress. Either a church, business or an organization that was the heart beat of the area. Holy Cross will be that heart beat for the surrounding area and it is despar...     read more Valerie Lomasney CRS
New Orleans 
2/6/2007 Interesting how most of the people who want to save St. Francis Cabrini are from out of town and have no dog in this fight. I , as an altar boy ,was privileged to serve the first mass at Cabrini. However,we are in a battle for the reconstruction of o...     read more David Ippolito
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 As a parent of a Holy Cross student, I am strongly opposed to any opposition that would stop Holy Cross School from rebuilding on the Cabrini site. Holy Cross is a landmark and has been a part of New Orleans for over 125 years. After Katrina, Holy ...     read more Gaynel Myers
Slidell, Louisiana 
2/6/2007 The architect claims he had inside information about what would happen when Vatican II was finalized, even though the church was built two years prior to the end of Vatican II. If he knew so much WHY did he put an alter rail in the church? Vatican ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 i grew up in the parish and went to cabrini church. i dont feel this is a historic structure worthy of repair/refurbishment. the roof leaked when i was a kid! let holy cross move forward. its great for the neighborhood and great for the city! Cecilia Mo
new orleans 
2/6/2007 The neighborhood and HOLY CROSS need this site without the church. The church was difficult to maintain. Asking a school to maintain this church is unreasonable since it was difficult for a functioning parish to do so. I do have a personal stake in...     read more
 
2/6/2007 The redevelopement of Gentilly is greatly dependant on the building of Holy Cross. Cabrini Church has proven itself to be functionally obsolete throughout the years. The A/C system is inefficient. The roof leaks. The architecture is OK, at best. I me...     read more Greg Jeanfreau
New Orleans LA 
2/6/2007 My parents, sisters and myself were present when this parish and church were formed. We were one of the first parishes in the then "newly" developed areas of Gentilly. This parish survived fire (the first church was destoyed) and now flood. We wan...     read more Mary Muhleisen Donahue
 
2/6/2007 Holy Cross is desperately needed in the Cabrini neighborhood. Without this new building project and the life it will bring into this devastated area, in the form of young boys, teachers, activity, and ultimately commerce; Cabrini will be a foolish lo...     read more Sharon S. Mole
New Orleans, LA 70122 
2/6/2007 As a Gentilly native, I am in favor of Holy Cross moving to Paris Ave and in the demoltion of the Cabrini Church. I know that this will be painful for some parish members, but I do not believe that the Gentilly neighborhood will benefit from keeping...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 70122 
2/6/2007 What's more important historically for New Orleans now -- a high school that has educated young New Orleans men since the 1870s, or some gaudy 1960s mod/NASA-looking church that even the parishioners are happy to see go?

Several generations...     read more
Jacques Couret
Atlanta, GA 
2/6/2007 Bringing Holy Cross to the Gentilly area will not only help Holy Cross to stay in Orleans parish but it will also help the area to be revitalized. Please do not stand in the way of much needed progress and the continuation of a wonderful historic ac...     read more Lennie Ponseti
New Orleans, LA  
2/6/2007 We are a city of turn-of-the-century architecture. Buildings built in the era of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini might have sentimental value, but in no way contribute to the overall makeup of the character and historical nature of the city of New Orlean...     read more Edward Young
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 St Frances Cabrini has no place in the register of historic places. Please allow this to be demolished so that the construction of Holy Cross School can begin. New Orleans has plenty of churches for the number of people, but school capacity is stre...     read more Howell Lynch
New Orleans 
2/6/2007 It's a shame that Holy Cross can't build on the site without demolishing the Cabrini Church since it DOES have some interesting design elements. Unfortunately, it also has design flaws (roof leaks, etc.) that have resulted in costly repair & mainten...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 Rebuilding Holy Cross School in Gentilly will save an historical educational institution that has contributed to New Orleans for over 125 years. And, it has much more to give. The school will incorporate a church and other facilities that will be ope...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Covington, LA 
2/6/2007 THE HOLY CROSS PROJECT SHOULD PROCEED IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT FURTHER INTERRUPTION BY FEMA. THE CABRINI CHURCH IS NOT HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT. PERHAPS HOLY CROSS CAN INCORPORATE A SMALL MEMORIAL TO CABRINI INTO ITS PLANS; HOWEVER, HOLY CROSS SHOULD NO...     read more JOE HASSINGER
NEW ORLEANS, LA 
2/6/2007 I graduated in 2000 from Holy Cross. My brother is a Sophomore. If this construction stays on course, my brother will be a Senior before he attends school in a building again. I sure hope he gets to spend his Senior year in a beautiful, new school...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Kenner, La. 
2/6/2007 New Orleans will never recover without its schools. They are a BASIC need. No education, no recovery.

I have lived on Oak Park on Gardena Dr. for 35 years. Our post-Katrina neighborhood is devoid of schools and the opportunity for Holy Cross...     read more
Gary Porter, M.Ed.
New Orleans, LA/Charlottesville, VA 
2/6/2007 I am writing this letter in favor of the Holy Cross move to and construction in Gentilly. I do not feel that they should be forced to preserve Cabrini church. This is a make or break deal for that neighborhood. If the neighborhood dies, then who i...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/6/2007 Move forward, not back. I grew up with Cabrini as my parish, school and church. The church has won awards for its cutting edge design when it was built. It is no longer cutting edge. And even if FEMA we to pay to fix the church, who should have to pa...     read more Richard Mouton
New Orleans La 
2/6/2007 Hasn't there been enough destruction? The church should be preserved. EAB Emilie Becker
Austin, Texas 
2/6/2007 Holy Cross is a blessing for this neighborhood. It will be an anchor and a reason to rebuild. The storm destroyed the Cabrini Church and school. There is no reason for it to remain. I do not know what the standard is for "historic", but my opinion is...     read more Rudolph Ramelli
New Orleans La. 
2/6/2007 Please let Holy Cross go forward and demolish this church. The surrounding area has little chance of survival without some catalyst like a school. The church will only stand as a memorial to a dead neighborhood if it causes Holy Cross to go elsewhere...     read more Joseph Mole
New Orleans La 
2/6/2007 I lived for many years in Cabrini Parish. My parents lived there until their deaths. The church building in question was ugly from the beginning and not very Catholic looking. It was incredibly expensive to construct, the roof leaked from the get-...     read more Eleonore D. Villarrubia
Richmond, NH 
2/6/2007 I recommend a plaque or fountain to commemorate the church and its significance to the community. Its significance has run its course and is all but memeries noe. Neither the Archdiocese nor Holy Cross demolished the building in question. Nature ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, la 
2/6/2007 The relocation of Holy Cross is the single biggest catalyst for bringing back the surrounding area which was inundated with 8-10 feet of water.

Our neighborhood (about 5 blocks to the north) is coming back strong. The area below our neighbor...     read more
Rodger Wheaton
Lake Terrace, New Orleans 
2/6/2007 Not since the late 70's and early 80's as the oil industry began to relocate from New Orleans has the City experienced this type of identity crisis. Other cities have cashed in on New Orleans' failures to act aggressively. We are nearly one and hal...     read more Andrew Finnan '97
Washington, DC 
2/6/2007 People: there are 2 scenarios here.
*Holy Cross builds a state of the art campus and revitalizes Gentilly. Businesses open, people repair and move back to the area and the community is re-born.
*The Cabrini Church remains; doors locked and ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Metairie, La. 
2/6/2007 It's amazing how many people have forgotton that the establishment of the parish and the original church were a major part of the development of the entire area. Of course, bringing Holy Cross into the neighborhood would help to re-vitalize the area....     read more Name redacted at request of author
Kenner, Louisiana 
2/6/2007 My mother was an educator at Holy Cross for 25-years and my sister and I grew-up around Holy Cross and lived in Gentilly. I think that allowing Holy Cross to relocate to this campus will give a new life into the Lakeview/Gentilly area and keep a wond...     read more Michelle Bennett
Allen, TX 
2/6/2007 Gee, what a lot of nastiness of tone. I have grandsons of an age to go to Holy Cross and I fail to see how soccer and football fields enhance a neighborhood. If it's a school for boys, there'll be the accoutrements for boys. Just wait and see. Ma...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 It is appallingly ironic that FEMA, the same agency that waited 5 days to send help to New Orleans while people were dying on rooftops, is now concerned with "saving" a building that for all intents and purposes is destroyed. Perhaps FEMA should foc...     read more Jeanne Miranne
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 There is only one real issue here, other than the outside of the building is atrocious looking. (Looks like a box with a baseball cap). I have heard the church is a historical building because it was the first church built in the style of Vatican ...     read more Rick Orillion
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 The building located at 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, LA is not worthy of FEMA Section 106 consideration. The demolition of this building should be permitted. Kathleen D. Lambert-Scott
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 Save the Church!

No one goes there because the Archdiocese locked the doors and kept those that wanted to clean things up out. If the Archbishop had asked those of us who attended the "Reunion Mass" whether we wanted the Church destroyed h...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/6/2007 Once again I would like to point out to all of you who want to save the building. This building was of poor design. Regular maintenance cost were incrediably high. Utility cost to air condition and heat the facility were outrageous and all of that...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/6/2007 since st. francis cabrini church is neither historic nor architectually significant, we strongly support its demolition to make way for holy cross which is a truly historic institution serving the new orleans community for more than one hundred years...     read more richard & jean tiemann
harvey, la 
2/6/2007 Our son is looking forward to becoming a new member of the Holy Cross Family in the Gentilly area. Holy Cross is committed to providing our son with the opportunity to educate him from a young 5th grade to a high school graduate. Holy Cross is comm...     read more Greg & Tina Hunter
Harahan, LA 
2/6/2007 I go to Holy Cross........and I think that if the Curch had holy stuff in it it would be wrong to knock it down but they took all the holy stuff in it out.
Beside we would not even be going throug the trubble of the church if we were not using th...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
MandivilleLouisiana 
2/6/2007 Everything old is certainly not historic ! It's time to move on, the building in question is a money pit and the Archdiocese of N.O. recoginizes this. The building was in a state of disrepair before August 29th 2005, with millions of dollars needed ...     read more Dan Murphy
Metairie, LA 
2/6/2007 Michel Ragon, French Architectural Historian in Paris has said that the destruction of this "building" since the Archdiocese refuses to call it a Church would be a great loss both to the history of modern architecture and to religious symbolism. I do...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Austin, TX 
2/6/2007 Poor acoustics, ugly prison-like brick and bad seating configuration made this building a problem for church service prior to Katrina. The Cabrini building (it's no longer a church) cannot serve the parishioners of our parish because we no longer acc...     read more Melissa Eugene
New Orleans 
2/6/2007 I may reside in Texas, but my heart and soul will never be far from NO. Both Gentilly and Holy Cross are never far from my mind. As a teacher I served the Holy Cross Community for 25 years, an understand how the Mission of Holy Cross has aided the ...     read more Cathy Guidroz
Dallas, Texas  
2/6/2007 As a proud parent of a Holy Cross High School student, I am 100% for the demolition of the Cabrini Church Site. Our boys need a new home. Holy Cross has done everything asked by the powers that be! I do not understand why FEMA is involved in this any...     read more Rebecca Ash-Giunta
New Orleans La  
2/6/2007 Please quit stalling and move forward with the project. Everyday that passes our children suffer from having a school they deserve. Linda Oser
Kenner, LA 
2/6/2007 The government has enough battles to fight in this area- why get involved and delay a deal that was well publicized. This will do nothing but help this part of the city. The parties involved went through the proper channels. It is just a hand full...     read more Sharon Piazza
Kenner, LA 
2/6/2007 Instead of being so negative about demolishing a perfectly good and beautiful (in my opinion) building, why not take a positive spin on it and incorporate it into the plans for Holy Cross? That would be a win-win situation. The building could be used...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Metairie Louisiana 
2/6/2007 Our boys need a home! HC is a vital part of NO rebuilding! Tear the church down and let's move on!!! Mother of HC 6 th grader
Metairie, LA 
2/6/2007 I have very fond memories of Cabrini Church but the time has come to put that site to rest and allow another great institution to thrive. Holy Cross will be the best thing to happen to that area since Cabrini Church. Name redacted at request of author
Covington, La. 
2/6/2007 I am not sure why the Cabrini church is historic, it wasn't that nice before. Holy Cross brings 150 years of education and tradition to New Orleans and as a third generation alum, I support the demo of the old church and let Holy Cross get started on...     read more David B. Sigur '89
Jefferson, LA 
2/6/2007 As a resident of this neighborhood who lives blocks away from the Cabrini site, I am 100% for demolishing the Church and having Holy Cross relocate to this site. What good is a historic (although in my opinion it's not), empty Church going to do for...     read more Christine Jones
New Orleans, LA 
2/6/2007 I don't believe that the Cabrini Church is of historic significance. Even if it is, it's more important to the redevelopment of Oak Park to have the church torn down to allow Holy Cross to move forward with their plans for a new school. The histor...     read more Karran Royal
New Orleans 
2/6/2007 Please tear down this church and allow the revitalization to continue. Politics, as usual, is mucking up development just as it assisted in the destruction of a city.

Churches are born of communities, not the other way around. If anyone th...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
 
2/6/2007 I love Holy Cross. I loved walking among the oaks, eating in the Huddle, swimming in the pool, playing on the Middle School field, and gathering with my Holy Cross family in the gym for special events and for the regular stuff. I loved the stairwel...     read more Nick Prindle '11
Terrytown, LA 
2/6/2007 Please allow Holy Cross to move forward with there project I have seen the layout for the new campus and it is absolutely beautiful and state of the art. Holy Cross is a symbol of what is good and honorable in this city. I graduated from Holy Cross a...     read more Charles Mouille, Jr. '82
Metairie, La. 
2/6/2007 FEMA, here's your chance to finally do something RIGHT for this area. By you "considering" this church building a historic site may be the politically correct thing to do, but by you "granting" this building historic status will only add to the crip...     read more J. Hargis
Meraux/Hammond 
2/5/2007 Mr Robert Schoen, screenwriter and sculpture.....lives on Grand Route St. John, no damage to his home, no stake in Gentilly!!

http://www.thesource.com.au/scripts/screenwriter-robert-schoen.htm!

Leave us alone Mr. Schoen and let us m...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 TEAR DOWN THAT CHURCH, which is actually a building since it was deconsecrated. FEMA TEAR DOWN THAT CHURCH!!!!!

I ATTENDED HC FROM 4TH TO 12TH GRADE. FROM LAKEVIEW BUT RELOCATED TO HATTIESBURG FOR NOW.
Charles F. Childress III
Hattiesburg, MS  
2/5/2007 I fully support the demolation of Cabrini Church and redeveloping this property for the new Holy Cross School. We must move forward for the Gentilly community, the Holy Cross School and the City of New Orlleans. We need to stop talking about letting...     read more Bill Grote
LaPlace, LA. 
2/5/2007 I like to point out a few things about the message from Robert Schoen.

He talked about the Holy Cross 9th ward campus being historic and how the Holy Cross family do not want it be turn down. Not all the building are historic on the 9th war...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Terrytown, LA 
2/5/2007 Mr. Schoen,

I know you do not live in the neighborhood. It appears that you are in a "Katrina" induced dream or a drug induced coma. The church is not historic and Father Maestri did not steal $8 million dollars.

I suggest that you ...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 Please allow Holy Cross to build the school and demolish all of the existing property. This is vital to the revitalization of Gentilly. Doreen T. Trouillier
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 The Holy Cross Family has suffered significant destruction and disruption and it is time for the red tape to disappear and for the deal to be finalized. Most of the students not only lost their beloved campus but they lost everything they owned as w...     read more Rachelle Silva
Metairie, LA 
2/5/2007 We need Holy Cross to ignite the revitalization of this neighborhood. With the honor of having Holy Cross in the Cabrini site, we will see restaurants, gas stations, and coffee shops reopening. The neighborhood will flourish with students and the...     read more Mr and Mrs Barbaro
New Orleans,La 
2/5/2007 Who are you, Mr. Robert Schoen to say such things? If you knew anything you would have heard of the community work already done in Gentilly and the work that has been done in the 9th ward even after we made the decision to leave it. You point fingers...     read more holycrosssamurai
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 It seems the reason that you don't see more buildings in the same design as Cabrini and The Rivergate is because the design was flawed. There have been problems with both buildings since hey were built and the City chose to take the Rivergate down r...     read more Name redacted at request of author
new orleans 
2/5/2007 Holy Cross and the Archdiocese, under the gross mismanagement of the now discredited school Superintendent Father William Maestri, ave for all practical purposes committed fraud by claiming the Holy Cross campus is 51% damaged as their premise for di...     read more Robert Schoen
New Olreans LA 
2/5/2007 Personally, I don't care about Cabrini, Holy Cross should be allowed to relocate to Gentilly, although I'm anxious to see what they will do with their former campus. Anyway there are more important buildings worth fighting for, no one has mentioned t...     read more Randall Fox
New orleans 
2/5/2007 To allow one architect and one parishioner of Cabrini to hijack this whole process in order to save a structurally doomed church seems tremendously misguided. No one delights in tearing down a church, but the structure had problems long before Hurri...     read more Mona Wexler
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 I grew up at 1486 Crescent St., one block away for Cabrini Church. I remember when it was built. I have always liked it. It used to be filled to capacity for most of the masses. For a long time it has been in need of repairs and expensive to operate....     read more David J. Laguaite
Metaire. LA 
2/5/2007 As a parent of 2 Holy Cross students, we patiently waited through all the hurdles regarding the 2 proposed sites. Now after all is said and done, our excitement has been stifled; we are still waiting, all the boys are still waiting. How long is thi...     read more Scott & Tracey Bommer
Belle Chasse, LA 
2/5/2007 By allowing Holy Cross to move into our neighborhood, you allow a neighborhood to start a new beginning. Much of the City is still in disrepair. By continuing this delay, you are contributing to the continued disrepair. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 The architect and builder designed and built a flawed building.
The parish was in debt because of the problems with the leaky
roof. We, the parishoners, voted overwhelmingly to sell the
property to Holy Cross, knowing that the church wou...     read more
John Barker
New Orleans, La.  
2/5/2007 The Cabrini Church is a failed piece of architecture. The roof leaked continuously and it was a money pit in maintenance costs. The only thing historic about it is the debt that it took to keep it going. It serves no historical significance and sho...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Ponchatoula, La. 
2/5/2007 As a life long resident of the Lake Front I have attended Mass at this church many times. The significance of this building, however, has never been more than a site for Mass. Poor sound quality, poor line of site and the religiosity of and Airport...     read more P. B. Deckert
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 It is time to allow Holy Cross to relocate to the St. Frances Cabrini site. Although this site may hold some "historical" significance, the property is in terrible disrepair and the relocation of Holy Cross to this site will solve this issue, and at...     read more Frank E. Roig '64
Metairie, La. 
2/5/2007 Freedom of speech is free, reconstruction in not! St Francis Cabrini Catholic Church can only be "considered to be on the list" is not proof enough it would have withstood the decay it was already facing. The hurricane may have helped to speed up i...     read more E Paretti
River Ridge, LA 70123 
2/5/2007 Blighted brick &stucco with over growing grass vs. newly constructed state of the art school....

How ridiculous is this question?
Name redacted at request of author
belle chasse la 
2/5/2007 As a parishnor of St. Frances Cabrini for forty years I certainly have memories of good times and good people. However, the church building itself NEVER had good memories whenever one had to open or shut the massive doors which NEVER closed properly ...     read more John Hauler
Baton Rouge 
2/5/2007 Sometimes things happen in life that make me wonder what people are thinking. A health-hazard, money-pit church that its own community is willing to forego versus a state-of-the-art educational facility for the young men of New Orleans. Please allo...     read more Tammy Ebright
Metairie, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 Obtain a copy of the Holy Cross Bulletin, Vol. 84, No. 4, January 2007 and read the outstanding article by Kevin Kimberly, NEXT STOP IN A JOURNEY. Surely Professor Verderber has a hidden adgenda in his objections and reasoning. The Archiocese of Ne...     read more Gerard F. Gerarve '62
Harahan, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 We have waited long enough for this dispute to be handled, it is time for the right decision to be made. Holy Cross can't wait around forever; whatever the decision is, make it quickly. Everyone wants us to be there on that property and the governmen...     read more Miklos Halmos
Kenner, LA 
2/5/2007 It's time...........no more delays. You are penalizing the many who want Holy Cross there to satisfy the few complaints with weak arguments to save that shell of a church with this hearing.

I understand the need for a deliberate decision ma...     read more
Pete Vorenkamp
Cary, NC 
2/5/2007 It is time to end the delays. Please allow Holy Cross to get on with educating the children of this area. If roadblocks continue with the recovery of New Orleans people will continue to move away. Etienne J. Senac
Harahan 
2/5/2007 I was confrim at St Frances Cabrini my Senior Year at Holy Cross, while the chapel area was quite nice it was the values, traditions and love, I found at Holy Cross which lead me to becomming a member of the Catholic chruch family. Let the building g...     read more T David Havrylkoff
Mandeville, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 It is past time to "get off the pot". If we want to see another New Orleans neighborhood stay in decline and disrepair, then continue to delay the inevitable. The parishioners and Fr. Maestri have been clear on their intent and desires. Why has FE...     read more susan g. tramontana
new orleans, louisiana 
2/5/2007 The only thing that makes perfect sense is to have Holy Cross (HC) take over the Cabrinin location and make it the thriving school operation that it has been in the lower 9th for a centry. HC was great for the 9th and will be even greater for the Ge...     read more Bob Varnau
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 Tear the old. leaky church down and let us rebuild our neighborhood. How many more pointless barriers will be put in our way in our attempts to rebuild our city? It's unfair that some wealthy uptowners could negatively influence and significantly i...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 The physical building provided a tremendous spiritual and community service to that area pre Katrina,,,,,,,,for all that Holy Cross has done for metropolitan New Orleans allowing them to start a new life, in that buildings place, will provide an even...     read more Danny Vorenkamp
Covington, LA 
2/5/2007 Holy Cross relocating to this area would be a wonderful thing, and a much needed boost to Gentilly. Name redacted at request of author
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 
2/5/2007 There appears to ba contradiction in the explanation offered by the FEMA Historical Specialist. On one hand he maintains the building was designed to comply with the findings of the "Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Litergy" but he...     read more Clarence S. Francis
Gretna, La 
2/5/2007 Allowing Holy Cross to tear down the church and move to the site is the whole key to that neighborhood coming back. Getting schools open is what has helped other areas to return. The public good far out weighs the possiblity that the site is historic...     read more Christopher Williams
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 PLEASE - let's finish this nonsense and allow the Holy Cross family to move to this location. The community will reap the rewards, and educating young men in New Orleans can continue in the spirit of the Holy Cross Congregation. Chris Sinatra
Elgin, Illinois 
2/5/2007 As many New Orleanians the Cabrini Church community is suffering a loss. Mourn the loss and move on. Act on your faith and as Christians typically do - help your nieghbor by allowing the Holy Cross Community to resurrect a new church and academic c...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Gretna, LA 
2/5/2007 It is difficult to read the comments suggesting demolition should be celebrated. There is a lot of hate in this Community directed at this Church Bldg.

A Public School would revitalize the Community, but everyone seems focused on a Private S...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 Why wasn't the River Gate preserved, we understand it was designed by the same architect? Your ruling is saying that a casino is more important that educating our youth. New Orleans is in dire need of prime educational facilities and Holy Cross Sch...     read more Roland and Kathleen Howell
Carriere, MS 
2/5/2007 THE ONLY PEOPLE INTERESTED IN SAVING THIS BUILDING ARE THE ARCHITECTS SO THEY MAY BLOW THEIR OWN HORN BY GETTING AN OVERABUNDANCE OF BRICKS AND CONCRETE LISTED ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.

WHEN I PICTURE SOMETHING ON THE HIS...     read more
MICHAEL GAULE '76
METAIRIE, LA 
2/5/2007 The only thing historic in this entire discussion is the property which Holy Cross is leaving. It is with a heavy heart that the Holy Cross Family has to leave our campus. Cabrini Church is no more historic then the Rivergate facility that was demoli...     read more Raymond Doran
Arabi, La. 
2/5/2007 I live in the area, I want the school to come. The church in question is the biggest eye sore there is. Please let sonething good happen for once. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 I have no personal ties to Holy Cross, but from a community and neighborhood development standpoint, that area would be given a much needed shot in the arm by its campus. The choice is clear, a severely damaged 40 yr old building requiring extensive...     read more B. Keller
N.O. LA 
2/5/2007 It is just not right to decide a facility is historical after it has sustained major damage from a disaster.
There are many building in N.O. that did not sustain the heavy damage and could use the governments help and those are actually histor...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 This church does NOT have to be torn down in order to revitalize the neighborhood. Holy Cross CAN be a part of the neighborhood ALONG with the church. Yes, the neighborhood would benefit by the presence of the school, but they also need a church for...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 This church does NOT have to be torn down in order to revitalize the neighborhood. Holy Cross CAN be a part of the neighborhood ALONG with the church. Yes, the neighborhood would benefit by the presence of the school, but they also need a church for...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 This is one of the most ridiculous post Katrina scenerios in New Orleans. The church is meaningless without the community to support it. The school will bring the community back. The school cannot continue to retain and attrack students in this st...     read more Michele Vignes
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 Please allow Holy Cross School to continue its valuable tradition of educating the young men of the New Orleans area. To have Holy Cross rebuild on this site is crucial to the survival and revitalization of both the school and Gentilly. Chris Nogues
Slidell, LA 
2/5/2007 It is the people who make a church, not a building. St. Francis Cabrini Church sits as a shell serving no purpose. Please stop delaying; it is time to move forward. Please allow a historic educational institution, Holy Cross School, to demolish t...     read more The McGehee Family
Slidell, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 Please allow the demolition of the church at 5500 Paris Ave so that Holy Cross can come to this area. The neighborhoods in Gentilly have been working diligently to restore this community. The arrival of Holy Cross will surely help speed the recover...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Gentilly LA 
2/5/2007 Let it happen!! Holy Cross is deserving of having this property to continue the wonderful which it has made in the past over 150 years to educate and guide young men. Holy Cross began as St Isidore orphanage and then became a wonderful school situate...     read more Dr Mario Calonje
New Orleans, La 
2/5/2007 Please end this review process as soon as possible and allow Holy Cross, the Cabrini neighborhood, and the city to move forward with our recovery. I lived within several blocks of Cabrini for 50 years. My children went to school there and I knew many...     read more Diana Broussard
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 I am a former, hopefully soon-to-be-again resident of Gentilly and attended mass at and supported St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church. I lived there twenty years before loosing everything. The move of Holy Cross to the Gentilly area gave us a...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 Please save this Scared Space. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 Please allow a truly historic educational institution, Holy Cross School, to demolish the shell of St Francis Cabrini Church and continue with the building of its new campus. The new Holy Cross campus is a major key to revitilization of this area. Scott Blanchard
Metairie, La 
2/5/2007 Please, please, please stop dragging this out. You are worrying about tearing down a church that is barely 40 years old. What about a New Orleans tradition that is 125+ years old. The longer you prolong this process and the school does not start w...     read more Name redacted at request of author
new orleans, louisiana 
2/5/2007 The community that has a financial and social stake in the area wants to see this property demolished. This church is no more historic than the thousands of houses being torn down around it.

Let us rebuild our community by allowing the demo...     read more
April Allen
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 Its a shame that it is taking so long for Holy Cross to be up an running again. To delay them further for the possibility of saving an otherwise undistinguishable piece of architecture in the guise of it being a somewhat relative structue would be f...     read more Darryl E. Martin
Destrehan, LA 
2/5/2007 It is my opinion that because of a few people that that have nothing at stake can stir up enough controversy to stop progress in it's tracks, With no regards to whom it may affect, It seems to me the only thing that these poeple are worried about are...     read more Jeff White
Marrero, La. 
2/5/2007 Please allow the future of The Holy Cross School to continue in New Orleans for the betterment of our beloved city.The time slot for historic buildings doesn't allow the church to even qualify. Game Over! Pat Garin
New Orleans ,La. 
2/5/2007 PLease, Please, Please allow us to proceed with the beginning of great things to come for this desolate part of town!! Our sons need REAL classrooms, we have been in FEMA trailers for 18mths. Don't delay our construction any longer. Allow us to proce...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Marrero, LA 
2/5/2007 I cannot beleive that this has taken so long. Many months ago I listened as active parishiners of St Francis Cabrini parish decided to sell the church property to Holy Cross with the hopes that Holy Cross would bring the necessary revitalization to ...     read more Suzanne Starr
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 I lived near the Cabrini Church for many years and never considered it to be unique or historical. It was obvious that the congregation had dwindled over the years and it was no longer serving the needs that it had provided initially. Since the areas...     read more Maurice D. Little, PhD
Birmingham, AL 
2/5/2007 The benefits to the neighborhood with Holy Cross relocating there far outweighs the loss of the church. The church may have to sit empty for years to come. Let's have a rebirth of the area and remove all roadblocks to rebuild this historic learning i...     read more Mike Doran
New Bucktown, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 The development that Holy Cross School wants to place in the area is first class in nature and will encourage homeowners and business to come back. Holy Cross will complete and enhance the neighborhood. Holy Cross has lost enough - - it is time to...     read more Julie Diaz
Saint Bernard 
2/5/2007 I have lived in the Cabrini area and now have a son that attends Holy Cross. Although the church, at one point, had an active community, it is now devastated. The church needs to be demolished so the community can begin to rebuild their lives and H...     read more Jan Tusa
River Ridge, LA 
2/5/2007 Holy Cross has made a committment to keep their tradition alive in New Orleans, which is where they belong. The Archdioces has not stated any plans for the Cabrini Church, except the fact that they support Holy Cross on that site. If it is deemed t...     read more
 
2/5/2007 I agree with the plans to demolish the existing shell of the building known as St. Francis Xavier Church. I ask that we do not compound the tragedy and destruction that was Hurricane Katrina by further delaying the construction of this much needed f...     read more Larry L. Landry
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 Please get to the end of the red tape and allow Holy Cross to begin building in Gentilly. It is obvious the parishioners of St. Francis Cabrini are for the demolition and for the school to relocate to the area. The area needs the school and the schoo...     read more Lisa Schuler
River Ridge, LA 
2/5/2007 As a 1962 graduate of Holy Cross, I can attest to the fact that you remain a Holy Cross Man all of your life. I never attended Mass at Cabrini and do have sadness when a parish has to be closed, however the rationale for this debate is questionable ...     read more Mac Allen
Marrero, LA 
2/5/2007 This needs to get started as originally agreed. That area needs Holy Cross to help in its recovery. Trying to say there is any historic significance to a church that is younger than most of the parents of Holy Cross students is crazy. Both of my s...     read more Christopher Lytle
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 I fully support Holy Cross High Schools redevopment of this site including the demolition of the church building. Those who object have not put forth any money or plan for purchasing or renovating the building, which if not demolished now, will be an...     read more Hank Tatje
Metairie, LA 
2/5/2007 It's time to end this debate. I worshiped at Cabrini for years and will miss the Chruch. But lets face it, the Church will never be rebuilt and not going ahead with this deal is just insane. I live near the property and I am tried of looking at th...     read more Mrs. Richard
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 Please do not stop or delay this project any longer. Please allow Holy Cross school to tear down all facilities and rebuild a new school. This will really help the area so much. I am a resident of this neighborhood. i had a child that went to school ...     read more matthew madary
new orleans, la  
2/5/2007 Please allow Holy Cross High School to re-locate at the site of this Church. This school is in desperate need a home and this neighborhood is in desperate need of life. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 It is true that SFC was a special part of this community and in many ways served as the hub of a community wheel. The people in the community made it special, not the so-called unique architectural design. Having frequented this structure for 35 ye...     read more Rod Teamer
New Orleans, Louisiana  
2/5/2007 I understand the historical significance of this property, but what about the significance of re-building a community. The federal government should not mix church and state and let the re-building and re-birth process continue. As far as the church,...     read more Gregg Avila
Covington La. 
2/5/2007 Please do not stop or delay this project any longer. Please allow Holy Cross school to tear down all facilities and rebuild a new school. This will really help the area so much. I am a resident of this neighborhood. i had a ...     read more
 
2/5/2007 I'm a member of the St. Frances Cabrini. I voted to sell the property and for the demolition of the church. Because of the design of the church, the parish was having to spend millions of dollars in repairs over the past years. The roof and A/C al...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Gentilly, New Orleans, La 
2/5/2007 Having been a resident of Cabrini Parish (Chamberlain Dr. and Prentiss Ave. one block from the church) for many years and a Holy Cross High School graduate I find FEMA's intervention into the demolition of the church just another government agency i...     read more b. karl brindell
Metairie, LA 
2/5/2007 Let our boys have their school and let the Holy Cross tradition live on in Gentilly. Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 New Orleans needs so much help. The stagnant struggle of revitalizing neighborhoods is overwhelming! But here, we have a chance to help renew an area that has yet to return. Holy Cross has gone through the channels they need to acquire this proper...     read more Trina Clements
Kenner, La 
2/5/2007 Please bring life back into this neighborhood. Allow Holy Cross to continue their 125 year tradition of transforming boys to men in this dying area of town. Let go of Cabrini church for the sake of preserving this tradition while preserving a neigh...     read more Mr and Mrs Craig Sexton
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 The Cabrini site was an eyesore long before Katrina. It's architectural design is of no significance. The local area would be both esthetically and economically enriched by the addition of Holy Cross to the neighborhood.

Placing a school of...     read more
Name redacted at request of author
Mandeville, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 The fact that the historical significance of this building is holding up the rebuilding of a 125+ year old institution is ridiculous. The church in question was actually built two years before the Vatican law was enacted that some claim gives it his...     read more Rene Dauterive
Baton Rouge, LA 
2/5/2007 Please vote YES!! for Progress and Rebirth. Holy Cross is a wonderful institution that will only bring life to a much needed area. If Holy Cross does not locate, that worn out building will sit in ruins. Not allowing Holy Cross to relocate will onl...     read more Neil Family
Harvey, La 
2/5/2007 We need to move forward with the rebuilding of our city. This particular Church was in deplorable condition prior to the storm and suffered further damage since. The move of Holy Cross getting into the site can only revitalize the property and the s...     read more WILLIAM MERCIER
GRETNA, LA 
2/5/2007 Since this is about preserving history, what about preserving the history of the Holy Cross Institition of educating young men for the last 126 years in the New Orleans area. I feel this far outweighs preserving a building that is only a little more...     read more Nancy Poche
Metairie, LA 
2/5/2007 As a resident of the neighborhood, I had to make the decision to tear down my house. Please allow Holy Cross to move forward with their original plans. Tear down the church. Stacie Washington
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 It is time to let go of the past and move on to a brighter future. We have all had to do this recently in one way or the other. Delaying the Holy Cross project not only hurts Holy Cross and the surrounding commuity that would be revitalized by it, bu...     read more Mark J Palmeri
Violet / Marrero, La 
2/5/2007 It is critical that we get the new school's construnction underway as soon as possible. Our sons have been going to school in trailers in the 9th ward for the past year and a half. We have to get them into the new environment to allow them to get b...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Harahan, La. 
2/5/2007 Let the young men of Holy Cross School begin anew in the new location! These students (and adminstration) have survived obstacles in their Middle and High School careers that we could never imagine. Please allow demolition of this site so our childr...     read more Leslie Smith
New Orleans, La 
2/5/2007 If FEMA really wants to help the citizens of the New Orleans metro area (and Holy Cross High School) they will help Holy Cross rebuild their campus. Everyday that passes, without resolution to this situation, is hurting Holy Cross because of the unc...     read more Sean Doody
LaPlace, LA 
2/5/2007 We have too many buildings in this city that are falling into decay and too many neighborhoods that are trying to rebuild not use common sense in this matter. Quality education is at the foundation of any community. We must take advantage of this o...     read more Robert Thomson
New Orleans, La  
2/5/2007 For the sake of a community that is barely holding on, please allow Holy Cross to move forward with their plan. I am a nearby resident who is struggling to live in the area. I have watched the excructiatingly slow progress of the area since landing...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 Replacing a storm-damaged facility that has been declared inoperable and unwanted by the Archdiocese of New Orleans with a thriving school like Holy Cross is the ONLY option for anyone who wants the city of New Orleans to rebuild and renew. Holy Cro...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/5/2007 Its time, demolish the property and allow Holy Cross' 125+ years of
tradition to help bring back this area. We have waited long enough.
Guy Rutledge
LaPlace, La 
2/5/2007 Holy Cross should be given the opportunity to help the Gentilly area rebuild and revitalize. This handful of "preservationists" is crippling our community. The Tulane professor, who bribed his students for a grade if they attend the protest rally...     read more
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 As a Catholic, I'm saddened by the destruction of any Church or any other place of worship. However, this is now a building which simply stands as a shell and serves no purpose to the Archdiocese. I believe it would be in the best interest of this ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
Jefferson, LA 
2/5/2007 Please, please consider what the majority has voiced and release this property from the 106 review process. Demolition must begin immediately!! Everyone has spoken. It is a no-brainer that no one has the funds to preserve the church. This item ha...     read more Name redacted at request of author
 
2/5/2007 Gentilly Neighbors

We need to organize a neighborhood block party (barbeque, live music and beer) to watch the demolition. The stucco roof and walls will crumble as soon as they are hit by the wrecking ball. This will be an historic day for ...     read more
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2/5/2007 Please vote to demolish the church at Paris and Prentis. It is time for the city of New Orleans to REBUILD and RENEW. We need to stop halting progress and revitalization. Name redacted at request of author
Metairie, La 
2/5/2007 First, the deal was made, and permits were given. There was more than enough time to dispute this issue beforehand, and to block the sale at this point will set a terrible legal precedent.
Second, the church was not in good shape before the flood...     read more
Melody Lee
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 I live two blocks from the church and have been back in my home for almost 1 year. Before the storm, the chuch needed significant repair. The damage caused by the storm make the existing struture unsalvageable.

In my opinion, the exterior an...     read more
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2/5/2007 St. Francis Cabrini Church and property need to be torn down to allow Holy Cross to re-locate. This is an opportunity for the school to re-locate and for the land to be put to good use. Restoring and repairing St. Francis Cabrini Church is not prac...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 It would be great if all the buildings that had historical significance and/or memories for people in New Orleans could be salvaged. However, after a disaster like Katrina, not all can be saved and it is time for the tough decisions to be made as to...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, Louisiana 
2/5/2007 Please consider allowing the demolition of this building. The campus of Holy Cross High School was twice as old and historic as this sight, and the Holy Cross Family deserves to have a place they can call their own. The City of New Olreans contains...     read more Gabriel Fertitta
Hayden, AL 
2/5/2007 I am appalled that anyone would consider this "roof" of any historical and/or architectural preservation value. The value of the Gentilly area being rebuilt should be paramount to FEMA and the City of New Orleans. Further, when the City decided to...     read more Gwen Turner
Metairie, LA 
2/5/2007 The 125+ year history of Holy Cross education in New Orleans is of much more importance than one 40 year old structure, regardless of the accolades that the building may have received in it's short life. Holy Cross has produced countless, doctors, a...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans 
2/5/2007 Please release this property from the 106 review process so that demolition of the church can proceed at full speed. The vast majority of comments received prior to the review process overwhelmingly support Holy Cross' decision to relocate to the ch...     read more La Donna Darrah
New Orleans, LA 
2/5/2007 It is time to move forward. Holy Cross and it's studnet body would be a great asset to the nieghborhood. Please allow the full plan to proceed. Robert Weigand
River Ridge 
2/5/2007 In efforts to rebuild, revitalize, and spur growth within New Orleans, I say remove the structures at 5500 Paris Ave. and allow Holy Cross School to move forward with the proposed construction. A school with several hundred students living in and co...     read more Gerald Raynal Jr
Belle Chasse, la 
2/5/2007 Please vote in favor for the removal of St. Francis Cabrini Church. I feel that Holy Cross will be a great asset to the neighborhood. Our city is in great need of revitilization. This new school will be nothing but a positive thing for the area. ...     read more Name redacted at request of author
metairie, louisiana 
2/5/2007 The students of Holy Cross have been with a home for 18 months now. Parishoners of St. Francis have had every opportunity to voice their feelings and the ones who have are for demolishing the chruch to make way for the new school. This is finally a...     read more Name redacted at request of author
New Orleans, LA