Saint Augustine Catholic Church has served as a testament to love and inclusion since opening her doors, prior to The Civil War, in 1841. We believe that losing Saint Augustine would prove more damaging than losing just a historic or sacred place. The loss would contribute to today’s climate of division.
For nearly 200 years, Saint Augustine Catholic Church has welcomed people from every walk of life, creed, and color to worship side by side.
Perhaps that is why Saint Augustine has not only served as the heart of the Treme community but has also played an integral role in shaping the culture of the city of New Orleans.
For many years, Saint Augustine has become a “home” to many New Orleanians of note. This includes providing a place of worship and inspiration for supporters of
- Civil Rights
- Social Responsibility
- The Arts
There are some who claim that without Saint Augustine, jazz itself would not exist as we know it today.
Unfortunately, those same years have compromised the structure itself, limiting Saint Augustine’s capacity to continue serving those who serve others.
This diminishes her role in the community and leaves her vulnerable to storms, decay, and other conditions that may result in the closing of her doors forever.
Famous parishioners over the years include but are not limited to Henriette Delille who founded the first black order of nuns, Homer Plessy of Supreme Court case Plessy vs Ferguson and Allison "Tootie" Montana the "chief of chiefs" of the Mardi Gras Indians.