St Michael’s Catholic Church, also known as the “Fisherman’s Church,” is best known for serving the people of Biloxi’s Point since it was first established as a mission in 1907. Despite being ravished by the coast’s two most powerful hurricanes, Camille August 1969 and Katrina August 2005, its unique architecture with a cylinder building and scalloped roof still stands today. St. Michael Church has stood 200 mile per hour winds and a 28 foot tidal surge. It is a symbol of strength for all the hard working nationalities which make up this spiritual community.
The inspiring interior of St. Michael is designed to focus attention to the main altar, two and a half tons quarried in the Holy Land, with a bronzed crucifix hanging above it, that appears be suspended in mid-air. The stained glass windows depict figures of the twelve apostles gathering in their catch.
St. Michael sponsors the Blessing of the Fleet, an annual event that commemorates the beginning of Biloxi’s shrimping season which begins in late May or early June. At the Blessing of the Fleet, shrimp boats parade past the blessing boat to receive a symbolic touch of holy water in hopes of a safe journey and a bountiful catch.
Address: 177 1st Street
Accessibility: wheelchair accessible; accessible bathroom