In 2005, the city of New Orleans and its surrounding areas were devastated by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. St. Pius X Church and School were blessed not to have flooded; however, storm winds peeled the church’s copper roof off. During the period immediately following the storm, the St. Pius X campus served as the hub of activity for many of the first responders in the area. The Massachusetts National Guard made the gymnasium, cafeteria, courtyard, and volleyball courts their home for several months. Immediately following their departure, the New Orleans Fire Department and several fire engines from around the country were stationed at St. Pius while offering fire protection to the entire city.
In January of the following year, our school reopened. That semester, parents, teachers, and students joined together to undergo accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The school received official accreditation by the nationally-recognized association in the fall of 2006. St. Pius X School was also recognized as a No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2007.
Msgr. Doskey served as pastor for 20 years until he retired in 2009. Fr. Pat Williams, who came to St. Pius as Parochial Vicar in August, 2007, was appointed pastor in July, 2009. Three years later, Msgr. Doskey passed away and Fr. Jonathan Hemelt joined the parish shortly after as Parochial Vicar. Since he has been pastor, Fr. Pat has erected the AIA-award winning Blessed Seelos Adoration Chapel and Prayer Garden adjacent to the church. He built a new rectory that is large enough to comfortably house him, Fr. Jonathan and a seminarian, and he transformed the old rectory into office space. Under the direction of Fr. Pat and Mrs. Fulham, the school and surrounding parish campus continue to grow with the times.