St. Mary Basilica, Natchez
|St. Mary Basilica|
|Denomination||Roman Catholic Church|
|Diocese||Diocese of Jackson|
|Rector||Reverend David O'Connor|
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. The current pastor of St. Mary's Basilica is Father David O'Connor.
- "Body of first bishop of Mississippi exhumed". Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- St. Mary Basilica website
- St. Mary Basilica Archives website
- Natchez of the Mighty Mississippi River
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