When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, Spring Hill College responded to the crisis in multiple ways and for several years. From enrolling 117 displaced students in the weeks after Katrina to forming service trips to various locations in Mississippi and Bayou La Batre, AL, the college dedicated itself to “restoring, rebuilding, renewing our Gulf Coast communities.” Now, on the 10th anniversary of Katrina, Spring Hill College will be remembering our response and commitment to serve at a special liturgy at 9 pm on Sunday, August 30th. Students will also gather to pray for those whose lives were lost or forever changed by Katrina on August 29, 2005.
A special wall of remembrance will be set up in the Student Center, offering a visual display of the relief work Spring Hill College undertook in the aftermath of the storm.
On Monday, August 31st at 7 pm in the LeBlanc Ballroom of the Student Center, the college will host a screening of a new documentary Paratus 14:50, which tells the story of the response of the US Coast Guard, especially its aviators, to the devastation caused by Katrina along the Gulf Coast. The documentary is being produced by a team of students and recent graduates from the University of Alabama. Kaitlin Smith, a New Orleans native and daughter of an active duty Coast Guardsman has been leading the team and will be on hand to lead a discussion and sharing after the film.