An Interfaith Prayer Service for the New Orleans homeless was held Dec. 14 at St. Joseph Church on Tulane Avenue in New Orleans. Religious leaders of many faiths participated by reading passages from the Bible and the Quran, chanting and singing.

A procession of light was held and candles were lit in memory of the homeless who died on the streets of New Orleans in 2014. Formerly homeless Laura Susan Coogle gave a personal witness and Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond welcomed those gathered and led a blessing with the Rev. Buddy Noel, Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Deacon Ronald Guidry, St. Louis Cathedral; Rabbi Robert Loewy, Congregation Gates of Prayer, Metairie; Imam Refeeq Nu’man, Masjidur Rahim, New Orleans; the Rev. Walter Baer, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, New Orleans; Deacon Maggie Dawson, St. Martin Episcopal Church, Metairie; the Rev. Jerry Bass, Parkview Baptist Church, Metairie; the Rev. Ronald Unger, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Kenner; Parviz Mojgani, Baha’i Community of New Orleans; and the Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Community Unitarian Universalist Church.