Church of St. Martin de Porres (Poughkeepsie, New York)
|The Church of St. Martin de Porres|
|Architectural style||Postmodern (for present church)|
|Town or city||Poughkeepsie, New York|
|Construction started||1852 (first church)
1853 (first school and rectory)
1859 (second church)
|Completed||1878-1879 (steeple and organ added to 1859 church)|
|Cost||$4,500 (for 1859 church)|
|Client||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York|
The parish was established in 1852 on Union Street, Poughkeepsie, as the Church of the Nativity for the German community of the city. Prior to that they attended services at St. Peter's Church conducted by German priests from New York City. That same year, the first church was started and a cornerstone laid. The first pastor was the Rev. Joseph Schaefler, who had served the community previously at St. Peter's, and he swiftly raised the capital to erect a rectory and school. St. Michael's parochial school opened in 1853. The congregation swelled so much that by 1859 a new church was erected at a cost of $4,500. Partly due to its isolated nature, there was a quick succession of pastors. Among those the Rev. Dr. George Schrader (pastor from 1878 to 1879) purchased the cemetery, installed an organ, and added a steeple.
In 1962, Nativity Church in the City of Poughkeepsie was forced to close because the building was deemed unsafe. A new parish was formed in the Red Oaks Mill section of the Town of Poughkeepsie. The church was rededicated to St. Martin de Porres in 1962. The current pastor is the Msgr. James Sullivan.
The present church is a large gable-fronted cruciform-on-plan postmodern structure with a four-stage pyramidal-capped bell tower, surrounded by a parking lot and dense wooded areas to its rear. The interior features a wide array of modern stained glass with less traditional and more recently canonized or beatified Catholic figures.
- Rev. Joseph Schaeffer (1852-1853)
- Rev. John Tanzer (1853-1855)
- Rev. James Roesch (1855-1859)
- Rev. Joseph Tuboly (1859-1861)
- Rev. Jose Volpe (1861-1864)
- Rev. Caspar John Metzler (1864-1873)
- Rev. Franz Hundhausen (1874-1878)
- Rev. Dr. George Schrader (1878-1879)
- Rev. Callus Bruder (1879-1911)
- Rev. James Roesch (1911-)
- Msgr. James Sullivan (present)
St. Martin de Porres School
The first parish school was founded around 1853 by the Rev. Joseph Schaeffer. The Rev. Franz Hundhausen (pastor from 1874 to 1878) introduced the Franciscan Sisters from Peekskill, New York as teachers of the school.
The Calvary Cemetery at 62 LaGrange Avenue was purchased by the Rev. Dr. George Schrader (pastor from 1878 to 1879), and administered by Nativity Church. The church is associated with Calvary Cemetery at 62 LaGrange Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603.
- Remigius Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3: The Province of Baltimore and the Province of New York, Section 1: Comprising the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, Buffalo and Ogdensburg Together with some Supplementary Articles on Religious Communities of Women.. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p.427-428.
- "Parish History Highlights", St. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie, New York
- "Letters to the editor — 3/11", Poughkeepsie Journal, 10 March 2011 (Retrieved 12 April 2011).
- St. Martin de Porres School Webpage(Accessed 12 April 2011)
- Calvary Cemetery, Poughkeepsie(Accessed 12 April 2011)