St. Peter marks 180 years since the city’s first Catholic Mass

By Updated: November 18, 2019 10:42 AM CT | Published: November 18, 2019 4:00 AM CT

The Sunday afternoon Mass recalled the 1939 milestone at the neighboring Magevney House and the ecumenical spirit that led to the city's first Catholic parish that followed. St. Peter's pastor also reminded parishioners that faith is not without divisions and controversy but is also about unity.

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Augustine DeArmond Holly Jansen Magevney House Memphis@200 St. Peter Catholic Church
Bill Dries

Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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