Our parish was founded in 1858 by the new religious community of Roman Catholic priests, the Paulist Fathers under the leadership of Father Isaac Thomas Hecker, CSP, who is now Servant of God, the first step to Sainthood. Construction on our beautiful and historic church began in 1876 and completed in 1884.Arrange your visit to Church of St. Paul the Apostle and discover more family-friendly attractions in New York City using our New York City trip planner.
Our Church is decorated by some of the greatest American religious artwork executed by artists such as Robert Reid, William Laurel Harris – and even, a rare copy of one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. The ceiling is decorated with a star map of January 25, 1885, the date of the Church’s dedication and the Feast of the Conversion of Paul, our patron.
The building of our church continues today in the vibrant ministries and many community activities that are held here. Our Loaves & Fishes soup kitchens serves hundreds of people each week, our Winter Shelter provides meals and a warm place for people in need; our outreach ministry with Young Adult Catholics flourishes as does our outreach to Gay & Lesbian Catholics; and, our outreach to Arts & Artists hosts concerts, art exhibits, and visiting choirs. Many community organizations utilize our parish space for classes and meetings. We are the parish for students at Fordham University and The Julliard School.
As the Mother Church of the Paulist Fathers (www.paulist.org), the first order of religious priests founded in the United States. You are likely to see Paulists who give parish missions and retreats around the country. The Paulist National Young Adult Ministries is also based here with their wonderful website www.bustedhalo.org.
It's a wonderful parish with deep roots in New York City and in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Welcome!
Please see our parish bulletin or subscribe to our E-Bulletin or log onto www.stpaultheapostle.org for information on all the programs and services. Information is updated weekly.
Church of St. Paul the Apostle Reviews
The Church is so very welcoming and attending mass was inspirational. What a great place to worship. more »
After the theater at Lincoln Center, we happened upon this church and decided to enter. A beautiful church with many side altars, a modern baptismal fount, and many interesting pieces of art... more »
Welcoming and no discrimination. Priests are available after mass! They also have a room for kids so parents can listen to mass while caring for the kids
Beautiful Church. Very calm and serene. The presence of The Holy Spirit is strong. The staff is very kind and welcoming. Just a lovely church overall.
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