In 1926 the Nashville firm of Asmus & Clark renovated both the exterior and interior of St. Mary, finishing the west facade in local limestone and altering the original octagonal belfry. In 1972 the congregation moved the cast iron casket of Bishop Miles to a small chapel in the church's northwest corner. St. Mary's celebrated its 165th anniversary in 2012.
Bishop Richard Pius Miles, OP is one of the unsung heroes of American Catholicism, and especially of its move beyond the Appalachians. He was the first Bishop of Nashville and heroically erected the Church of Tennessee, enduring great hardship. He was a kind, pious, and loving man whose life was utterly dedicated to the Lord and his Church. Though he died in 1860, his body was found to be incorrupt in 1972. Read more