BTW, the Bishop Issued This Statement Yesterday:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As with many of you, I am following closely the status of Hurricane Gustav as it relates to making landfall in Louisiana. At the present time Susan and I are in Lafayette having arrived here last night for a stewardship event this day; tomorrow I will have visitation and confirmations at Ascension Parish. We will leave for home following this, unless directed by the authorities to evacuate before then.
The status in Lafayette Parish at this time (5:30 p.m.) is “voluntary evacuation,” and I have heard that Vermilion Parish is under a “mandatory evacuation” order. This said, the question has been raised about church services in the case of “mandatory evacuation” orders. Please know, should your particular area come under a “mandatory evacuation” order, the directive should be adhered to and if this means cancelling services, then this is what must be done.
All of us must take the necessary steps in a situation like this to ensure as best as possible, the safety and care of human life.
Liz Ratcliff, Diocesan Disaster Relief Officer, has been and remains on top of conditions within the diocese, and I thank her on behalf of us all for the communications pertaining to the storm that she has been sending out.
Please continue to share with me in prayers for protection for those in harms way, and a calming of that which bears down upon us.
Faithfully in Christ,
The Rt. Rev’d D. Bruce MacPherson
Bishop of Western Louisiana
and President of Province VII