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Dr. Connie Atkinson
Dr. Al Kennedy
Dr. Charles Chamberlain
In 2009, the Archdiocese of New Orleans went through a reorganization that resulted in the closure of numerous parishes under its direction. This thesis will look at how one of the parishes closed during this reorganization, St. Henry’s, had already faced, and survived, numerous attempts at closure. A study of these previous attempts reveals that internal church politics were often on display and the driving force behind the decisions. Using documents from the Archdiocesan Archives of New Orleans, this thesis looks at the history and leadership of St. Henry’s parish, and examines how the survival of a church often has more to do with the personalities of those in leadership positions and less to do with the propagation of faith.
Green, Alvah J. III, "Fighting Spirit: A History of St. Henry's Catholic Church New Orleans 1871-1929" (2015). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2078.