All Souls Day Cemetery Procession

Annual St. Mary Basilica and Assumption Church Event

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Catholic Hill – Natchez City Cemetery

It all started in 1861. As the Civil War was beginning, Bishop Elder realized that Plot 1, was filling up--don’t forget that our early church members from Spanish Days were being transferred from the graveyard where the basilica grounds are located. (The Catholic Board of Trustees bought this ground in 1823 just as The Natchez Cemetery opens.)

The 1861 church announcement reads: .”...the congregation gathered at the old Catholic cemetery, chanted vespers for the dead, processed to the new section reciting the litany of the saints, and then blessed the cross in the new section...”

J.E.Guercio November 6, 2011
Chairman for StMBA


All Souls Day 2017

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William Maier on Catholic Hill – November 5 2017

James Hardie builder of St. Mary Cathedral recognized on All Souls Day… View slideshow


Remembering All Souls Day

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All Souls Day 2016

Rev. Julian Mary Guillou

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Quegles, Couillard, Profilet,
Ferguson, and Sanguinetti

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Monsignor Daniel J. O’Beirne, V.G.


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Brothers of the Sacred Heart

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The Culhane Family and the
Rev. Mathurin Grignon

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Madame Benoist


Lithograph on stone - St. Mary Cathedral