St. Paul Church (New York City)
|St. Paul's Church|
|Province||Archdiocese of New York|
|Leadership||Fr Pablo Waldman|
|Location||113 East 117th Street|
Manhattan, New York City
The Church of St. Paul is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The sixth parish established in New York City, it was designated a New York City Landmark on June 28, 2016.
Before 1834 the only Catholic north of Canal Street was St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. Rev. James Walsh and others said Mass in houses and barns in the outlying areas when a congregation could be gathered. Bishop John Dubois decided to establish a parish on 117th Street and asked Rev. Michael Curran to take charge. Curran had been a missionary in the mountains of Pennsylvania and had come highly recommended by Father Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin. His knowledge of Gaelic served him well among his widely scattered parishioners. The cornerstone of St. Paul's church was set June 29, 1835. In 1843, Curran resigned the pastorate in order to return to Ireland for a time.
During Fr. Maguire's tenure the church was substantially enlarged and rededicated by Archbishop John McCloskey on July 9, 1871. Dr. McQuirk had the old school demolished in 1905 and a new one built on the site. While a new church was being built, services were held in the school auditorium. A new rectory was also built. The demographics of the area, which had been predominantly Irish, gradually changed to reflect more Spanish speaking Catholics. Msgr. Drew initiated a Spanish program.
- Fr. Michael Curran, 1834-1843
- Fr. John Walsh, 1843-1853
- Fr. George R. Brophy, 1853-1866
- Fr. Eugene Maguire, 1866-1883
- Fr. John McQuirk D.D., 1883-1924
- Fr. Thomas F. Kane, 1924-1940
- Msgr. Cornelius J. Drew, 1940-1943
- Msgr. John c. Mulcahy, 1943-1946
- Rev. James V. Hart, 1946-
The church is of brick over a steel frame, with a limestone façade. Completed in 1908, it was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by the firm of Neville & Bagge. During Fr. Kane's tenure a marble altar rail and a solid oak roredos were installed.
St. Paul's School
In 1870 Father Eugene Maguire established the parish school, which was under the care of the Sisters of Charity of New York. Since 1850 the Sisters, from the mother house at McGowan's Pass, had taught catechism at St. Paul's. The Carmel Hill Program, established by philanthropist Aiden Ruane provides tuition assistance to over 30 students.
- List of New York City Designated Landmarks in Manhattan
- National Register of Historic Places listings in New York County, New York
- Hurley, Marianne (June 28, 2016) "Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church (Now Parish of Saint Paul and Holy Rosary) Designation Report" New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
- Lafort, Remigius. The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X., Catholic editing Company, 1914, p.362 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- The World Almanac 1892 and Book of Facts (New York: Press Publishing, 1892), p.390.
- timothy Cardinal Dolan. "Decree on the Merger of the Parish of St. Paul, New York, NY and the Parish of Holy Rosary, New York, NY", November 2, 2014
- "St. Paul's Church – Holy Rosary", NYC-AGO
- "History of the Parish", Parish of St. Paul and of Holy Rosary
- "Our History", St. Paul's School