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Disaster, mercy, and friendship

Disaster, mercy, and friendship

A look at some of the friendships that were forged in the aftermath of disaster ten years after Hurricane Katrina.

The rector of Biloxi’s historic Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, wiped off its foundation at the beach, asked for help from the Episcopal Diocese in Massachusetts, and the bishop sent Jane Bearden.

She was a new priest, having left a career in the medical field, and she stayed with Redeemer for two years, learning under rector Harold Roberts.

Even though she returned to Massachusetts in 2009, Redeemer is still a part of her life.

She and Faye Jones, the parish administrator, became fast friends. They text and Facebook.

“My grandson thinks she’s another grandmother,” Jones said. “He was little and couldn’t say her name. He called her Dane.

“She baptized our first granddaughter and we went up there when she was installed in her own church,” Jones said.


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