First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans Hot

First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans

Ursuline Convent New Orleans, 1733
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Twelve French Ursuline nuns arrive at New Orleans from Rouen and establish the first Catholic charitable institution in America, consisting of orphanage, a hospital and a school for girls.

These are the first Roman Catholic nuns to make their home in what will become the United States of America.

Originally the nuns made landfall in Mobile, Alabama, in 1719 but the French colony of New Orleans was always their primary destination.

People in the colony refer to these Ursuline nuns as Filles du' Casket or "casket girls" because they carry all of their possession in wooden caskets.

The convent and school will continue to exist through the 21st century and the Ursuline Academy in New Orleans will be the oldest continuously operating Catholic school in the United States.

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