Out of Deep Waters: Priests reflect on Mississippi parish’s Katrina experience

August 26, 2015

[Episcopal News Service – Gulfport, Mississippi] Ten years after Hurricane Katrina wiped the building that housed St. Mark’s Episcopal Church from its seaside location, the parish’s retired rector and its current priest-in-charge reflect on the storm and its aftermath for the 169-year-old congregation.

The Rev. James “Bo” Roberts, who was St. Mark’s rector for 44 years, saw the congregation through from Hurricane Camille, which struck just four months after his arrival in 1969, through the August 2005 destruction wreaked by Katrina. He led parishioners north away from the beach and oversaw the building of a new St. Mark’s church further inland.

The Rev. Stephen Kidd, who succeeded Roberts, says the parish is now flourishing and he is blessed to experience “a resurrection story” that began before his arrival.

This video is the second in a weeklong series of Episcopal News Service coverage. Other videos and stories are here.

– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg and Matthew Davies are editor/reporters for the Episcopal News Service.

Correction: A previous version of this story referred to the previous rector of St.Mark’s as the Rev. James “Bo” Reynolds. He is the Rev. James “Bo” Roberts.