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St. Ignatius

Port Tobacco, MD

By Caroline Shively Sucher

Photos by Michael Montillo Photo,

For brides who want a sense of beauty and history for their wedding, there is no better place than St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Port Tobacco, Maryland. Founded in 1641, it is the oldest Catholic parish in continuous service in the entire United States. The church was started by Jesuit priests who sailed from England to help found a colony that permitted freedom of religion. Only Catholics are allowed to get married here, and the majority of them are church members. Those who have attended an old-fashioned wedding at the church know to look to the west to catch the gorgeous sunsets as they bathe Port Tobacco in pink and gold, the same inspiring view seen by those early settlers 380 years ago.


St. Ignatius

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