Oct 4, 2010 6:32 AM by Nichole Larkey
SLIDELL, La. (AP) - Five years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed St. Genevieve Catholic Church near Slidell, construction will soon begin on a new church.
Church officials say the edifice will take the shape of a cruciform and measure nearly 12,000 square feet. It will have space for more than 500 parishioners, a sizable jump from the old church's 350-person capacity. Since the storm, the Rev. J. Roel Lungay has been celebrating Mass in the parish hall.
Lungay tells The Times-Picayune the new church will mean a lot to the parish's 900 families, but he's also reminded of the people who didn't live to see the church rebuilt.
The original church was built in 1958, though the Chapel of St. Genevieve existed on the site from the 1800s.