Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Mary painting Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans

The Jesuits arrived in New Orleans in 1847 and built their first church, Immaculate Conception church, on Baronne and Common Streets.  

They named their church for their dedication to Mary, Mother of God.   At the same time, in 1847, the Jesuits established the first school in New Orleans, called Immaculate Conception College, which was located adjacent to the church.   At the close of the 1910 -1911 academic session, the collegiate departments were transferred to the St Charles site of Loyola University of New Orleans.  The high school departments, however, were retained in the buildings on Baronne Street and eventually moved to the present site of Jesuit High.  Jesuit High is still placed under the protection of our Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus.  

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary's conception, without sin, and is always on December 8.  

You prepared the Virgin Mary to be the worthy mother of your Son.
You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by his death,
and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception.
Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin.
+ From the The Liturgy of the Hours