First Coast news media got a sneak peak at the renovations of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine Thursday, March 27. Father Tom Willis, rector of the Cathedral provided an overview of the extensive work that was done to the interior of the church in preparation for the 450th anniversary of the parish and the city of St. Augustine.
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by Margo C. Pope
Salt, holy water, and white wine combined with the prayers of Father Tom Willis on Sunday afternoon as he christened a replica 16th-century chalupa work boat built by the Saint Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation. The 37-foot-wooden boat honors the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 1565 by the Spanish.