A Message from Providence President & CEO, Terri B. North on the passing of Fr. Michael Jacques.
Fr. Mike was a great man and a great priest– he had a way of relating to people, especially those in need. He was passionate about justice and life and he committed his life to serving the people of Tremé. It was that passion that led to the creation of Providence—we were created to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated his adopted city. Fr. Mike was instrumental in organizing the community re- imagine the former Lafitte public housing site with the development team and public officials. Today, Faubourg Lafitte is home to over 300 renters in beautiful and affordable apartments and has 75 home ownership opportunities in the surrounding neighborhoods.
We at Providence are forever in his debt for his leadership, friendship and service. It will be hard for us to carry out our mission without his presence, but in his honor and with his guidance from above, we will endeavor to do so.