Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Biloxi is Mississippi’s fifth-largest city and home to the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Biloxi is a popular vacation destination on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, and it is well-known for its beaches and casinos. Let’s dig in!
History of the Cathedral
Theodore Brune designed the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was built in 1902 by J.F. Barnes & Company of Greenville, Mississippi.
The church was rebuilt on the same site after the original church was destroyed by the Great Biloxi Fire of November 1900.
Brune was a German-American architect who designed several churches along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. In the “Late Gothic Revival” architectural style, he designed the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Julia Dulion Lopez donated stained glass windows to the cathedral in early 1906 in memory of her late husband. Reis and Reis of Munich, Germany, built the windows, and Frederick Thornley of New York installed them.
In 1984, the cathedral, which serves as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Features of the cathedral
The cathedral has three Italian pearl marble altars that include the main altar with its symbolic carving of The Lamb of God (Agnus Dei), the Saint Joseph’s east side altar, as well as the Sacred Heart west side altar, which features a portrait of the Mother of Perpetual Help.
The cathedral also has a square tower on the southeast corner of the building that houses a huge four-faced electrical clock with its powerful bell.
Another unique feature is the fourteen ceiling frescoes in the nave depict two symbolic paintings and twelve saints.
In 1989, a chapel named “The Marian Chapel” was also added to the cathedral.
Location and other information of the cathedral
The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is situated at 870 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530, United States.
Mass times are 6:30a.m and 8:00a.m from Monday to Fridays, 8:00a.m and 4:00p.m on Saturdays, and 7:00a.m, 9:00am, 11:00a.m and 5:30p.m on Sundays.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is on Saturdays from 3:00p.m to 3:45p.m, and Eucharistic Adoration is from 8:30a.m to 9:30a.m on Fridays.