The mission of the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center is to support a vibrant spiritual life within the New Orleans Catholic community by recognizing and displaying the contributions of our multicultural and multi-ethnic past. The Catholic Cultural Heritage Center includes the St. Louis Cathedral, the Old Ursuline Convent Museum and St. Mary’s Chapel, and St. Anthony’s Garden behind St. Louis Cathedral.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond, Barbara Turner Windhorst and Rev. Philip Landry at the opening gala for "The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans," at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, Oct. 13, 2017, New Orleans, La.
Join us to celebrate the grand opening of the Archdiocesan Tricentennial Exhibit.
The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans. Enjoy the gala with food from your favorite local restaurants, specialty cocktails, and great music while exploring the tricentennial exhibit from the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
St. Mary’s Church is rich in musical history and heritage.
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This exhibit shares the story of the St. Louis Church from its beginnings as a small wooden church to its present day iconic edifice. With photographs, portraits, letters, and incredibly preserved artifacts, the exhibit explores the rich history of the Catholic Church’s three centuries in the Crescent City.
If one were to be historically accurate, St. Mary’s Church at 1116 Chartres St. is a slightly older building than St. Louis Cathedral.
Although parts of the cathedral date back to 1727, the bulk of the cathedral-basilica was rebuilt in 1850 and rededicated in 1860. St. Mary’s Church, meanwhile, was dedicated in 1845 as Our Lady of Victory Church and served as the place of worship for the bishops and archbishops of New Orleans when they were in residence at the Old Ursuline Convent.