Ben Watson Saints churches, retired after this past season


Ben Watson Saints churches, retired after this past season.

But that hasn’t stopped the former Saints’ tight end from continuing to contribute off the field.

Watson is doing his part to help three recently burned Louisiana churches in their rebuilding efforts.

The three churches (St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas) were burned in a 10-day span from March 26-April 4.

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Watson reached out to the pastors of the three churches, as well as Rev. Freddie Jack, head of the Seventh District Missionary Baptist Association, on Friday.

“In speaking with these pastors I am in awe and inspired by their faith and courage, comforting their congregations and family members,” Watson said in a text message to The Advocate. “Through sadness and shock they spoke of forgiveness for the arsonist and grace for tomorrow. Most importantly they spoke of being overwhelmed by support from people of goodwill and all religions from around the country. And they were humbled by what God has already done through this series of events.”

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Holden Matthews, 21, was arrested on Wednesday on three counts of simple arson of a religious building.

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“While I reserve judgement on the man arrested for this crime until proven guilty, the fact that black churches were burned to the ground is a reminder of the fear and pain so many communities have repeatedly experienced since emancipation,” Watson said. “This trauma resides deep within all of us, black and white, in America.”


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