Two hundred years ago, the people of New Orleans prepared for battle against the British, known worldwide as a superior military force. The men of New Orleans were armed to join the small number of American troops under General Andrew Jackson to guard and protect the mouth of the river. It should have been an easy victory for the British, but the women prayed. As the untrained group of citizens of New Orleans prepared for battle against the British, what they had in their favor was the power of prayer and the protection of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. As the Ursuline nuns and the women and children of New Orleans huddled together in fervent prayer for the safety of their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, a miracle occurred – the British were defeated. Praying for a Miracle: The Catholic Church and the Battle of New Orleans tells the story of the battle through voices of those who lived it, voices unheard until now – 200 years later.
Praying for a Miracle: The Catholic Church and the Battle of New Orleans will open October 11, 2014 and run through May 2015 at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum, 1100 Chartres St., New Orleans.
Also, please join us for the special Exhibition Preview Party and Gala on October 10 at the Old Ursuline Convent Museum. More information at http://www.stlouiscathedral.org/convent-museum.