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About Diana Beltrão

Originally born in Brazil, Diana holds a BA in History from the University of Brasilia, a MA in Religion from Yale University, and a MLS from Simmons University. She started at NEHGS as an intern in the Spring 2020 and was later hired as a Digitization Assistant in the Summer. Her previous experiences include adult education, the Yale Divinity Library, and an internship at Historic New England.

St. Augustine Cemetery: resources for research

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Known as the oldest Catholic cemetery in Boston, Saint Augustine Cemetery in South Boston will celebrate its two hundred and third anniversary in 2021. Built in 1818 by the first Catholic Bishop of Massachusetts, Fr. John Louis Ann Magdalen Lefebvre de Cheverus (1768-1836), the cemetery’s first burial was that of  Fr. Francis Anthony Matignon, one of the first Catholic priests in Massachusetts. Less than a year later, on 4 July 1819, the Saint Augustine Chapel was inaugurated as a mortuary chapel to honor Fr. Matignon. The Saint Augustine Chapel is, to this day, the oldest surviving Catholic church and Gothic Revival church in Massachusetts.[1] Continue reading St. Augustine Cemetery: resources for research