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St. Mary of the Angels pastor: Just say ‘hi’

Franciscan Father Dennis Bosse, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels, speaks to parishioners gathered for a July 27 meeting on crime and blight in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward.

By Beth Donze

Sometimes, anti-crime measures can be as simple as saying “hi” to a stranger in your neighborhood, said Franciscan Father Dennis Bosse, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Church in the Upper Ninth Ward.

Father Bosse, who came on as pastor earlier this year, said he used to get quizzical looks from people – and even warnings that he was “in a dangerous neighborhood” – as he went on his regular runs.

But it didn’t take long for things to turn.

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