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Our Cathedral

Gifted in friendship by France in 1718, and named in honor of Saint Louis IX, King of France, the St. Louis Cathedral has long stood as a symbol of the culture of New Orleans. As the oldest continuously operating American Cathedral, it has watched over our city for 300 years, serving as the gateway to the French Quarter and securing its place as the touchstone of the spiritual. The Cathedral is the architectural expression of the heart of  New Orleans.

And now our national treasure is in need of our assistance. The ravages of time have left her in need of both restoration and preservation. 

The Our City, Our Cathedral Campaign will allow us to restore St. Louis Cathedral to her former glory and protect her for generations to come.

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Giving Levels

Societies of the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France

Jean-Baptiste de  Bienville society

Jean-Baptiste de 
Bienville society 

Founded the new city “La Nouvelle-Orléans” in the spring of 1718 and with his sword, marked the spot where a future parish church would reside (site of our current St. Louis Cathedral).

Saint Louis iX,  King of France Society

Saint Louis iX, 
King of France Society 
$1,000,000 – 

The sainted King of France and who reigned from 1226 to 1270 and namesake of our St. Louis Cathedral. St. Louis famously penned a letter to his son, urging him to follow his example of caring for the poor and least of his subjects.

Venerable Henriette Delille Society

Venerable Henriette
Delille Society 
$500,000 – $999,999 

A native New Orleanian, who may become the first U.S. born African American saint. Mother Henriette DeLille prayed often at the St. Louis Cathedral and founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1842. She lived her holy life caring for the sick, the orphaned, the aged and the forgotten.

Pere Antoine Society

Pere Antoine Society 
$250,000 – $499,999 

A beloved and widely respected Spanish Capuchin friar who served as the pastor of St. Louis Cathedral for more than 40 years (1785-1829). He lived in austerity, serving the poor with fierce leadership of the Cathedral.

St. Joan of Arc Society

St. Joan of Arc Society 
$100,000 – $249,999 

A French peasant girl who, inspired by divine guidance, led the French army in a momentous victory over the British at Orléans in 1429. The “Maid of Orleans” is seen as one of history’s great martyrs and serves as a household inspiration and patroness of our great city.

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