St. Mary Catholic Church, or St. Mary’s, has an uncanny history in my life. It’s said that my great aunt used to attend here with my cousins when they were young, in the 1960-70’s. This parish is over one-hundred years old and so it carries plenty of religious past as it has sat at this location, never once moving. My dad, who was a student at Tilestone (thanks Google Maps) Elementary (now owned by the Basilica), which is located across the street from this parish, said he could see the Catholic students in their uniforms and always wondered to himself why his student body and theirs never dressed the same. It’s also the parish I attended for Saturday Vigil Mass when I moved to Wilmington after having graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 2012. This, among other reasons, is why I placed it in my church photography compilation and second book, “Assembled With One Accord.” It’s prominent and close family relevance keep it as a reoccurring theme in my spiritual and explorative life and for any who would visit Wilmington, NC.
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