In Biloxi, Houses of Worship Damaged, Destroyed

September 2, 2005

Source: / Biloxi Sun Herald

On September 2, 2005 the Biloxi Sun Herald reported, "Churches of all denominations are gone or dangerously damaged along the Coast, but... signs indicate faith can prevail. In Gulfport, St. Mark's and St. Peter's by-the-Sea, among the six destroyed Coast Episcopal churches, will hold Sunday services on their slabs... For those who need the comfort of congregation - the Coast had more than 400 churches plus one Jewish, one Buddhist and one Islamic center - a number of services will go on, not as many and maybe in different places than usual. Congregations that can are scrambling to hold services somewhere and are inviting one and all, dropping otherwise strong denominational lines in this coastal edge of the Bible Belt... The Biloxi Islamic Center near Point Cadet was inundated with water. Damage to Beth Israel Congregation, several blocks from the beach, is unknown. Chua Van Duc, the Buddhist temple within a stone's throw of the now badly damaged Catholic Vietnamese church on Biloxi's Point Cadet, had planned a giant celebration on Sunday to dedicate its attractive new temple and to welcome the first permanent monk... It will take weeks to compile the extent of damage to the Coast's houses of worship."