Irish Roots in Mt. Holly

 

On St. Patrick's Day, I had the honor of photographing at the Historic St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mt. Holly, North Carolina. This Church is the oldest untouched Catholic church left standing in the state of North Carolina. It was built by Irish immigrants in 1843. At the time, many immigrants where settling in the area to mine gold. Today, the Church is only used a couple times a year, on St. Patrick's day and the Solemnity of St. Joseph because it is in very delicate shape structurally. Each St. Patricks Day, families of Irish decent gather for a special grave blessing for Father TJ Cronin and all who are buried in the cemetery then celebrate Mass. Photographs taken on assignment for Catholic News Herald.