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RITA-BEAUMONT Sep-28-2005 (220 words) xxxn

Beaumont Diocese temporarily moves chancery after Hurricane Rita

By Catholic News Service

HOUSTON (CNS) -- The Diocese of Beaumont's chancery has been temporarily relocated to the Cameron Retreat Center at the St. Dominic Center in Houston, at the corner of Holcombe and Almeda streets.

The diocese's chancery office in Beaumont, as well as all schools and parishes in the diocese, were still closed four days after Hurricane Rita tore its way up the Texas-Louisiana border. Diocesan properties were still plagued by the lack of electricity and water and sewer service, according to a news release.

Through early Sept. 28, the diocesan Web site, www.dioceseofbmt.org, was still not functioning, although efforts were being made to re-establish the site, which the diocese asked its faithful to check.

Those with questions about the diocese and its parishes were advised to call (713) 440-3431 and ask for either Msgr. Michael Jamail, Beaumont diocesan vicar general, or chancellor Sister Esther Dunegan, a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.

The diocese also asked its employees and all the Catholic faithful of the diocese to register with the American Red Cross or the Federal Emergency Management Agency "as soon as possible."

"The residents of southeast Texas and western Louisiana remain in our prayers and that God will strengthen and sustain us," said a statement from Bishop Curtis J. Guillory of Beaumont.

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