ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW ORLEANS: 7-Member Creditors Committee Appointed

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David Asbach, acting U.S. trustee for Region 5, filed a redacted notice announcing the appointment of Hancock Whitney Bank and six other creditors to the official committee of unsecured creditors in the Chapter 11 case of The Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The names of the six creditors were redacted from the notice.

Hancock Whitney Bank serves as trustee for Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Revenue Refunding Bonds (Archdiocese of New Orleans Project).

Hancock Whitney Bank can be reached through:

Beth Zeigler
Hancock Whitney Bank
445 N. Blvd., Suite 201
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 248-7467

Official creditors’ committees serve as fiduciaries to the general population of creditors they represent. They may investigate the debtor’s business and financial affairs. Committees have the right to employ legal counsel, accountants and financial advisors at a debtor’s expense.

About the Archdiocese of New Orleans

The Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans is a non-profit religious corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Louisiana.

Created as a diocese in 1793, and established as an archdiocese in 1850, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has educated hundreds of thousands in its schools, provided religious services to its churches and provided charitable assistance to individuals in need, including those affected by hurricanes, floods, natural disasters, war, civil unrest, plagues, epidemics, and illness. Currently, the archdiocese’s geographic footprint occupies over 4,200 square miles in southeast Louisiana and includes eight civil parishes — Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, and Washington.

The Roman Catholic Church for the Archdiocese of New Orleans sought Chapter 11 protection (Bankr. E.D. La. Case No. 20-10846) on May 1, 2020.

The archdiocese was estimated to have $100 million to $500 million in assets and liabilities as of the bankruptcy filing.

The Hon. Meredith S. Grabill is the case judge.

Jones Walker LLP, led by Mark A. Mintz, R. Patrick Vance, Elizabeth J. Futrell, and Laura F. Ashley, serves as counsel to the archdiocese. Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc., is the claims agent.

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