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The Pastor's Desk Rev. David O'Connor, Pastor St. Mary Basilica


Father David O’Connor's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fr. O'Connor was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1964, Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles in Tipperary County, Ireland… View slideshow.


A Prayerful Setting

Father David O"Connor presents a Natchez History Minute about the dedication of St. Mary Basilica which took place this day, Christmas Day, December 5 in 1843. The cornerstone had been laid in 1842 but construction on the magnificent structure would take another 40 years. Today, the congregation of St. Mary takes pride in the architectural masterpiece but also its prayerful setting… View video


Rev. O’Connor honored during 50th anniversary

By Mary Kathryn Carpenter —The Natchez Democrat
NATCHEZ — The Rev. David O’Connor had several reasons to be jubilant Wednesday.
His reasons were the occasion of his jubilee celebration as well as the dedication of St. Mary’s Family Life Center in his name… Read more


St. Mary rector celebrates 50 years of ministry in Catholic Church


The Rev. David O’Connor can summarize the last 50 years of priesthood in two simple, yet complex words.
“It’s been amazing and challenging,” said O’Connor, who is celebrating this month his 50-year anniversary… Read more


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A Trip to Ireland with Father O'Connor.

Father O'Connor returns to the Emerald Isle in June 2017 and what better way to welcome him home by joining in on the celebrations across Ireland. Join him on this exciting trip of Ireland when he hosts a tour that will visit iconic landmarks, encounter famous hospitality and engage in unique experiences with this travel package… Visit Father O'Connor's webpage for all of the information.


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Jesus Birth And Life: A Lesson On The Dignity Of Being Human

People in this community will experience Christmas in many different ways. Some will welcome family members from different places to celebrate Christmas in Natchez, some will travel to be with family members and friends out of town, some will spend Christmas alone in their home, approximately 400 individuals will eat Christmas dinner prepared at the Stewpot, and a number of people will serve as volunteers to prepare the Stewpot meal… Read more


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