St. Augustine Church, New Orleans

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St. Augustine Catholic Church of New Orleans is in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The parish was founded in 1841 under the episcopacy of Bishop Antoine Blanc, who later served as New Orleans' first Archbishop. Established by free people of color, who also bought pews for slaves, this is the oldest African-American Catholic parish in the nation. It was one of the first 26 sites designated on the state's Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.

The property on which St. Augustine stands was once part of the Claude Tremé plantation. It is now one of two Catholic parishes in the Faubourg Tremé. The church is located on Saint Claude Street at Governor Nicholls Street, a few blocks from North Rampart Street and the French Quarter. It was designed by the French architect J.N.B. de Pouilly, who worked on the expansion and renovation of the more famous St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square.
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  • June 7, 2017
    Did not go inside on this visit, but brought my out of town guest. Lovely houses surround the church.  more »
  • May 31, 2017
    I was surprised to find that this was a Catholic gospel church. The parish was very welcoming. This music was wonderful.  more »
  • May 29, 2017
    Confusing experience, sometimes by the need of the premises of the 'touch'! "In a church, do some ' hughs", to take by the hand and various "hugs" is quite confusing for a European proportions. It is nevertheless a very realistic approach to the local culture. Sunday mass is sung, with very nice music and quality. Very good approach. Provide money for the (both) quests.
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  • April 30, 2017
    Great place. Beautiful singing.
  • February 13, 2017
    The church was closed at the time. However, the exterior (including the Tomb of the Unknown Slave) made the trip worth it!
  • August 21, 2016
    Hi I'm new to the area and was wondering if y'all OK with gay ppl cuz I would like to find a church here??
  • March 7, 2016
    Very warm, spirit filled parish. Uncomprising in Catholic docttine, this parish is clearly at work being Christ to others living and visiting New Orleans. The Sunday Mass was an hour 45 minutes long but most people stayed to listen to the choir and fellowship afterward. I was glad I went.
  • December 10, 2015
    I attended mass here a couple of months ago. I've never felt the holy spirit like I did that day!! It brought me to tears!! I will be attending Christmas mass for sure!!

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