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From: James Pawlicki
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2008 9:47 PM

USS Hurricane Gustav

Confreres:

Today is the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Unfortunately, as we remember that day and its aftermath we here in the Southern province find ourselves facing another major Hurricane. His name is Gustav.

At the present time the Hurricane is expected to follow closely the path of Katrina. There is an awfully good chance it may turn in a westerly direction. If so we may be spared here in Bay Saint Louis but New Orleans and the Louisiana coastline will be severely threatened.

Here in Bay Saint Louis all members except for myself and Father Gus Wall the rector have evacuated to our parishes in Northern Mississippi. They will be staying with Tom Mullally and Malcolm O’Leary. Darrell Kelly will receive Gus and myself if we feel the need to leave. I am proud of how well the confreres here and in our parishes responded to the decision to leave the area.

Please do not worry. Gus and I stay because of the plan conceived by the members. Our property interests are too vast to leave unprotected for such a long time. However, if we see tomorrow (Saturday) that the path of the hurricane will bring us extensive wind damage and power outages we will certainly leave. Neither of us wants to be a hero.

Bay Saint Louis is not the only place affected. All of our parishes in Louisiana have to take heed. All are watching and hopefully all will follow the evacuation plans of the Diocese. Mike Sucharski, district superior, is watching over his District flock and assures me all will use their heads.

Ray Jones will be evacuated to Opelousas and Thad Boucree is with our guys in Greenville.

I have just received word from Bob Fisher that his mother passed away earlier this afternoon. Her name is Georgia Kasper. Bob was on his way to be at her side but unfortunately was not able to get there in time. Please remember Georgia and Bob and his family in your prayers.

Finally, I ask that all of us keep one another in our prayers and thoughts.

At the present time it seems that all of Louisiana will be evacuating tomorrow afternoon. That involves thousands of people and it is sure to cause much grief, anger and confusion.

Also watch out for Hurricane Hannah. This is a much bigger storm and some computer models are predicting it will cross Florida and come into the Gulf and head our way. We don’t need this. Please watch this development as well.

Take care and may God watch over our Southern Province.

jim pawlicki, svd