Holy Name of Mary was founded in 1848 (originally named Saint Bartholomew, in honor of the family that donated the land), this was the first Catholic parish in Algiers (Orleans Parish). In 1872, the parish was renamed Holy Name of Mary, and in 1873 its first wood-framed church was constructed several blocks from the current site on Eliza Street. The present Gothic revival structure was then built and dedicated on November 25, 1929. The Marist Fathers assumed the administration of the parish in June 1865. The seventh Archbishop, James Blenk SM, was pastor from 1897 to 1899. The parish continued under Marist administration until June 1999, at which time it reverted back to the archdiocese. In August 2009, Saint Julian Eymard Parish was merged with Holy Name of Mary.
Holy Name of Mary Cemetery is located, several of blocks away from the parish church, on De Armas Street. Many still refer to the parish cemetery as Saint Bartholomew’s or Saint Mary’s.
Take Mississippi River Bridge to the West Bank. Take General DeGaulle Exit At first red light (Shirley Drive) turn left. Go to end of Shirley Drive and turn left on General Meyer Avenue. About a mile down (road changes names to Opelousas Avenue) turn left on Verret Street. About 3 blocks down, located on the right, is the Cemetery. Located on Verret Street, the entrance is actually on Nunez Street, even though the official address of the cemetery is 500 De Armas Street.
Saint Bartholomew’s Cemetery and Saint Mary's Cemetery (one in the same cemetery) are maintained by the Holy Name of Mary Church (500 Eliza Street, Algiers LA 70114) at 504-362-5511. The Archives office (extension #3) is open Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am to 2:30pm. Closed for lunch between 12 noon to 1pm daily.
GPS Coordinates: 29.94342, -90.05039
- Added: 19 Nov 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #238140
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