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The Irish / British Genealogy Group Message Board › SUMMARY NOTES - VISIT TO BASILICA OF ST PATRICK'S OLD CATHEDRAL

SUMMARY NOTES - VISIT TO BASILICA OF ST PATRICK'S OLD CATHEDRAL

Bridget
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Post #: 86
Just a few comments/notes I took:

- St Peter's is actually the first church built in Manhattan, however its structure was so weak that it didn't maintain for much more than 30 years
- In the 1780s there were no RC burial grounds, had to be buried in Trinity Episcopal
- Mott & Prince was considered "uptown" in the 1700s
- The basilica was originally a burial ground, then it became a cathedral
- Bishop Connolly was the 1st bishop
- Where the "new" St Patrick's Cathedral sits, an original burial ground and the NY Institute was built (however these were removed and Georgetown University became the first RC university. Had the NY Institute remained it could have taken the title of the oldest and first RC university)
- Since the French bishop Dubois (and his unpopularity) there have only been Irish bishops since
- Dubois is buried in the front part of the entrance - and on the ground (flat) - as he set out in his will that he wanted to be placed such so that the people in life who walked all over him, could still do it death!
- In 2010 St Patrick's Old Cathedral became a basilica. This means if the pope were to visit this is where he would come and would be placed under an "umbrella" (I did not capture the term..!)

Interesting "Famous" Facts:
- Martin Scorsese started out as an altar boy here
- The movie Mean Streets was filmed in the graveyard
- The scene in Godfather where the baby Michael is baptised, takes place inside the basilica and was performed by a real priest there at the time (!)
- Delmonico - of the restaurant fame - is buried in the crypt
- Eckert, Abe Lincoln's bosom buddy is buried in the crypt

Jim Garrity is VP of the Irish Family History Roundtable and is the historian for the basilica - and a member of our meetup group!
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