Annual St. Mary Basilica and Assumption Church Event
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
Father David O'Connor and Louise Mulvihill sit in the newly renovated well house on Catholic Hill located in the Natchez City Cemetery. Parishioners look on as vespers for the dead are chanted.
The Revend Julian Mary Guillou died on the 7th instant at the residence of the Bishop of Natchez, aged 39 years. He was a native of the parish of Bignon near Nantes, and was one of a band of missionaries brought from France by Bishop Chanche in 1849. His last illness, says the Courier, was contracted from the consequence of exposure and privations endured at Corinth, while attending the wounded and sick after the Battle of Shiloh… View Slideshow