Most of the historic neighborhoods near the church were completely destroyed. Many of those who lived in the neighborhood have since relocated to other parts of the Coast. Several generations of Biloxi Catholics were present at the service.
Michael Kovacevich, a Biloxi resident, says, “Because this is where I was born and raised. This is my church. This is the people I know, who lived here and went through it and all. Gives me a chance to reminisce.”
After Katrina, St. Michaels underwent a three year repair project to restore the building.