St. Mary Basilica, Natchez

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St. Mary Basilica
31°33′30.96″N 91°24′4.32″W / 31.5586000°N 91.4012000°W / 31.5586000; -91.4012000
Country United States
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Style Neo-Gothic
Diocese Diocese of Jackson
Rector Reverend David O'Connor

The Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows (Saint Mary Basilica) is a Catholic basilica church in Natchez, Mississippi.

The Diocese of Natchez (now the Diocese of Jackson) was erected in 1837, and in 1842 construction began on a new cathedral. It was dedicated on December 25, 1843 and consecrated on September 19, 1886 and remained the cathedral of the diocese until 1977. It was designated a minor basilica on September 8, 1998 and dedicated as such on September 25, 1999.

In 2007 the body of Bishop John J. Chanche, S.S. the first Catholic bishop of Mississippi, was exhumed and returned to Natchez to be reinterred in St. Mary Basilica.[1] The current pastor of St. Mary's Basilica is Father David O'Connor.


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