Catholic Sites in New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is a city of contrasts, at least so far as spirituality is concerned. It has a reputation for both debauchery and holiness that exist within it. The city is home to many beautiful churches and a people who carry on beautiful Catholic traditions; yet you can find the excesses of the Mardi Gras, shops featuring Santeria items (definitely not Catholic and not even Christian) and other examples that mimic Christianity but are really not.
The atmosphere here is definitely unique and the city is one of the country’s most popular destinations. Some ocean cruises as well as Mississippi river cruises depart from here, which means that you can spend a day or two before–or after–your cruise to visit some of the Catholic sites in the city. Also, weddings can be held in some of the Churches, provided you do enough advance planning.
Cruisers note: since New Orleans is a popular departure port for many ocean cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Carnival), as well as Mississippi River cruises, so you may want to attend Mass here prior to boarding, assuming you set sail on a Sunday. There are two cruise terminals: Julia Street and Erato Street (shown on the map below).
Catholic places of Interest in New Orleans:
Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Silos
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