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Holy Name of Mary was founded in 1848 (originally named Saint Bartholomew, in honor of the family that donated the land), this was the first Catholic parish in Algiers (Orleans Parish). In 1872, the parish was renamed Holy Name of Mary, and in 1873 its first wood-framed church was constructed several blocks from the current site on Eliza Street. The present Gothic revival structure was then built and dedicated on November 25, 1929. The Marist Fathers assumed the administration of the parish in June 1865. The seventh Archbishop, James Blenk SM, was pastor from 1897 to 1899. The parish continued under Marist administration until June 1999, at which time it reverted back to the archdiocese. In August 2009, Saint Julian Eymard Parish was merged with Holy Name of Mary.
Holy Name of Mary Cemetery is located, several of blocks away from the parish church, on De Armas Street. Many still refer to the parish cemetery as Saint Bartholomew’s or Saint Mary’s.