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The mission of the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center is to support a vibrant spiritual life within the New Orleans Catholic community by recognizing and displaying the contributions of our multicultural and multi-ethnic past. The Catholic Cultural Heritage Center includes the St. Louis Cathedral, the Old Ursuline Convent Museum and St. Mary’s Chapel, and St. Anthony’s Garden behind St. Louis Cathedral.
The Old Ursuline Convent Museum is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley having survived natural disasters, storms, fires, and floods that over time have nearly destroyed the city. This building, which now serves as a museum, has served as a hospital, an orphanage, the archbishop’s residence, the archdiocesan archives, and even, for a short time, the state legislature. To maintain this historic and sacred space is a costly endeavor, and the capital needs have reached a critical juncture. Vital repairs are necessary to the stained glass windows in St. Mary’s Chapel and to the historic wood-framed windows throughout the convent. Additionally the entire complex needs to be assessed for deferred maintenance and painted so that these buildings, which have been part of the fabric of New Orleans for over two centuries can be restored and preserved for future generations. All proceeds from the 2107 iGiveCatholic campaign to benefit the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center will go to underwrite capital needs projects at the Old Ursuline Convent.