About St. Mary Basilica Archives

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Archives Committee

Pastor and Founder

Rev. David O'Connor


James E. Guercio

Committee Members

Annette B. Burns
Mary Bellan Eidt
Betsy Dale Holleman
Gigi Edwards Johnson
Patricia Piazza Murphy
Michael W. Murphy

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Bishop Chanche built a home for himself and his priests, and in July, 1846, he took possession of the new Episcopal Residence near the Cathedral. Of it he quaintly remarked: "It is a pretty convenient house. It has a good many faults, yet I hope my successors may be pleased with it." —Cradle Days of St. Mary's at Natchez –Rev. R.O. Gerow

Mission Statement

The mission of the Archives of St. Mary Basilica (formerly St. Mary Cathedral) is the preservation, restoration, organization, and management of historical records and sacred objects chronicling the development of Catholicism in Natchez and in the state of Mississippi.

Through efficient administration of this valuable patrimony of St. Mary Basilica, the Archives Committee provides opportunities for education, research, and enjoyment to engender an appreciation of the past and to promote the future of the universal church.

St. Mary Basilica is a parish in the Diocese of Jackson.

Historic Natchez Foundation Mary Postlethwaite History Award

Lithograph on stone - St. Mary Cathedral