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Father Joseph McGrath Interview (2008)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Cameron, Cameron Parish, Louisiana, Creole, Cameron Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-09-26

Duration: 00:07:52

Subjects: Natural Disasters | Hurricane Ike, 2008 | Hurricane damage | McGrath, Joseph | PRIESTS | CHURCHES | Places of worship | Coffins | Hurricanes | Hurricane Audrey, 1957 | Hurricane Rita, 2005 | Catholic Church


  • Whinham, Charlie Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Bush, Charles Editor
  • McGrath, Joseph Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host


This segment from the September 26, 2008, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham’s visit with Father Joseph McGrath, a pastor at three Catholic churches in South Cameron and Creole in Cameron Parish, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Whinham follows Father McGrath as he tours the damage, visits with his parishioners, and assesses the missing caskets that floated away from the parish cemetery. He also recounts the experience of reuniting caskets with their graves following Hurricane Rita. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford