Where we came from: a look at Old St. Patrick’s in New York

Here’s a fascinating and timely video, from America Magazine, about a time and place we shouldn’t forget — when Irish Catholics were a minority facing discrimination and outright persecution right here in the United States.  But the Church remained their rock and refuge.

Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day: take a look at Old St. Patrick’s in New York City.

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  1. And for those who have forgotten: Or have not had the privilege due to the apostasy:

  2. Kathy Schiffer says:

    A lovely church! I attended Mass there when I visited my son in New York. That’s where Fr. Jonathan Morris, FOX News religion correspondent, is assigned– and we had the privilege of meeting him.

  3. Deacon Greg Kandra says:

    If memory serves, Fr. Morris is now LC, but is working on being incardinated in the Archdiocese of New York.

  4. We cannot forget that one of the major fundraisers for the construction of Old St. Patrick’s was Pierre Toussaint, who will, I hope, some day be the canonized as the first North American saint of African descent.

  5. Fr. Ed Vella, CSsR says:

    another historical note….Father John N. Neumann, later Redemptorist, 4th Bishop of Philadelphia, and Saint, was ordained priest of the Diocese of New York, in Old St. Patrick’s Church.

  6. Kathy Schiffer says:

    I saw him last May in Rome. He has left the Legionaries and is a diocesan priest, parochial vicar for the Archdiocese of NY.

    You know, Father Morris is somehow related to Ralph Martin, the evangelist who has led the charismatic movement in the U.S. Martin (now DOCTOR Martin, with the completion of his dissertation last summer) teaches at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary and has recently been appointed to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. It is a small Catholic world.

  7. hELENE ROMERO says:

    What great information! I am a native NYer living in Florida and never knew about old St Pat’s. I wonder how many others out there don’t know this. I used to visit the St. Patrick’s Church on 5th Ave, but never knew. I will DEFINITELY make a trip to old St. Pat’s my next NY visit. Thank you for sharing such wonderful church history. I learn so much from this. God Bless YOU!

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