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||Kevin Kimberly, '07
|5500 Paris Avenue
||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 at this current time to see Holy Cross continue as one of the premier Catholic high schools for boys in New Orleans is for the former St. Frances Cabrini Church to be torn down, leading the way for Holy Cross to obtain the Paris Avenue site. It hurts to see Holy Cross leave a truly historic place at 4950 Dauphine Street, but it is inevitable that this is the only way.
I find myself shaking my head wondering what happened to common sense in this world. To all of the Cabrini parishioners, both those defending the tear down and those supporting it, I feel your pain about having to let go. What do you think all of us here at Holy Cross are doing? We are struggling to make it through, knowing at the same time that we have to leave the campus we love to call home. Not to mention that there lies true historic property, property that has been alive and well for many many decades. Truly look at the building. It has been decommissioned, desanctified, and has no ties religiously with the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The state of the building before the storm needed much attention and to rebuild after it went through even more damage seems failure bound anyway. There is no hope for the building. Not only all of the above but Holy Cross would in no way, shape, or form be able to finance and upkeep the church. It will have enough problems, similar to these, in rebuilding at the site; it does not need a failure-bound problem and does not have the capacity in many ways to find a solution.
In simpler terms, the future of the church is not bright, and the future of Holy Cross could not only revitalize a neighborhood, city, and state, but it could take education to the next level. FEMA and all involved, do not consider tearing down the church, do it. The popular will has been expressed and the pros and cons are obvious. It is time for everyone to move on and this should be the way to go about it. Thank you and I look forward to the day when you make the right decision.