300 years: ‘The Church in the Crescent’ exhibit

Photos by Frank J. Methe, Clarion Herald

A two-year exhibit – “The Church in the Crescent: Three Hundred Years of Catholicism in New Orleans” – is now open at the Old Ursuline Convent, 1100 Chartres St. in the French Quarter.

A “tree” displaying the 85 Catholic parishes, including the closed ones,  that existed in the City of New Orleans for the last 300 years is above.

Other images, clockwise, are the exhibit title; a crucifix dating to the early 1700s found during an archeological dig in 2008 that recovered 7,000 artifacts; a lead bale seal from 1754; the crosier used by the first bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, Luis Peñalver y Cárdenas.

Below is the Bienville marking where St. Louis Church would be located.

The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the final tour beginning at 3 p.m. each day. The exhibit has a field trip packet for students. General admission is $8 a person, with discounted rates for seniors and students. Call (504) 525-9585.

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