Historic Church of the Redeemer ready to rebuild

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - One of the oldest churches in South Mississippi is rebuilding. Biloxi's Church of the Redeemer will be in a new location. Hurricane Katrina wiped out the beach-front church, and now parishioners are moving forward.

"It's been stressful trying to come up with a design that everybody can get excited about," said Father Harold Roberts.

Now that the design phase is over, Father Roberts, along with several other local leaders and parishioners are ready to rebuild the Church of the Redeemer.

"It's going to be a blend of the history that's so much a part of the Church of the Redeemer, and it's also moving into a new future," said Roberts

The new church will mimic the church of 1891. While the plans include many new features, there will be some familiar markers throughout the church.

"We were able to save the alter, we've been able to save the font and we've been able to take the pieces that we found of the Jefferson Davis pew and that's been restored," Roberts said.

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said the groundbreaking is another symbol of recovery on the coast.

"Every day something happens as far as recovery, whether large or small. But this is huge right here for the Church of Redeemer, which has been in Biloxi for years and years," said Mayor Holloway.

May of 2010 is the target completion date for the new church.

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