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One year ago, Father Joe Benson watched Hurricane Katrina tear the roof off his church’s historic parish building, just two years after a fire nearly destroyed the church itself. But Blessed Seelos Catholic Church sits on precious high ground in New Orleans’ upper 9th Ward, and it is now being rebuilt by volunteers—-who are hammering right through another hurricane season. In this independent feature-length documentary, we meet Father Benson and Arthine Vicks, two kindred spirits who are working to reunite a fiercely independent congregation: Blessed Seelos is home to the city’s deaf Catholics and to many Spanish-speaking immigrants, making it trilingual and unlike any other church in New Orleans. With volunteer help from a group of strangers from Seattle and union craftsmen from New Orleans, many of whom lost their own homes to Katrina, this small church, perched on the edge of some of the worst destruction America has ever seen, is slowly becoming a symbol of renewal for the city. The Church on Dauphine Street reveals what life in New Orleans looks like a year after Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of Father Joe, Arthine, their unique church and the kindness of strangers.

denise calvetti michaels on October 21st, 2007 at 8:24 pm 

Can you tell me where I can rent, borrow or purchase a copy of the film, “The CHurch on Dauphine Street: One Katrina Story”?

Beth on May 14th, 2008 at 11:21 am 

Denise, Go to, or view summary at of “The Church on Dauphine St: One Katrina Story”

Beth on May 14th, 2008 at 11:21 am 

Denise, Go to, or view summary at of “The Church on Dauphine St: One Katrina Story”. I love Fr. JOE!!!

re: Music for closing of film on August 30th, 2008 at 9:17 pm 

The song is called “Requiem” from the album Paradise Hotel. Written and sung by Eliza Gilkyson.

Maura on September 6th, 2008 at 6:16 pm 

The Church on Dauphine St. has raised me up and inspired me. I want to do more to contribute and hope to inspire others as well by sharing this video.

Sinead on July 15th, 2009 at 5:15 pm 

I loved watching this. I found it very inspiring how the community came together to rebuild their lives. It had both extreames, How the community celebrated that lovely wedding at the end the sadness and destruction and loss.
I am wondering, what is the name of that beautiful song at the end? “Mother Mary” was mentioned in it alot. If anyone knows, could you please let me know :)

paris martinez on March 14th, 2012 at 9:11 am 

you can watch this movie on

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