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The Washington Post: A Country Without Churches

(Mike Cherim/for The Washington Post)

(Mike Cherim/for The Washington Post)

“[Br.] Dominic Bouck, O.P., is a Dominican brother of the Province of St. Joseph.

The Catholic parish of St. Joseph’s — now run by the Dominican Order — worships in the oldest Catholic church building in Manhattan. Built in 1833, it served the community of Greenwich Village before there was Central Park, the Empire State building or even the subway. Far from being a museum or mere relic of the past, the parish today ministers to college students and professionals — those who have been in New York their whole lives, and those visiting just for the weekend. Each Mass is filled with women and men of different backgrounds and nationalities.

Dorothy Day prayed here. There is a soup kitchen that serves hundreds each week. A parish elementary school is right next door.”

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