About the photo
It was Sunday morning when I took this photo. We wre going to take the subway to Grand Central, but first I would visit this church. The church was very full and I did not want to disturb the Mass, so I took the photo from behind the door so you can see some reflections on the glass door.
I am not a devotee of the saint, but I really admires his work.
St. Francis of Assisi located at
135 W. 31st Street
New York, NY 10001
Between 6th and 7th Avenues
In 1844 the area once known as Bloomingdale was still a neighborhood of dirt roads and modest frame houses. Father Zachary Kunz, a Hungarian Franciscan priest, was faced with a dilemma. As pastor of St. John the Baptist Church on West 30th Street, he found himself standing outside an empty church – closed by the bishop of New York over a dispute with the parish’s lay trustees.
Not wanting to leave his faithful parishioners without a place of worship, Father Zachary petitioned the bishop to open a new church. Within a short time he managed to purchase a piece of property only a short distance away from St. John’s. The cornerstone of the new church on West 31st Street was laid by Bishop John McCloskey on May 9, 1844. Father Zachary decided to dedicate the new edifice to St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of peacemakers.
Within a few months the new church was completed and services began. During the next forty years the parish grew and prospered. By 1890 the need for a new and larger church became apparent to its pastor, Father Ludger Beck. Father Ludger presented his plans to his parishioners and received their full support. He next petitioned Archbishop Michael Corrigan for a loan of $15,000 against an estimated $60,000 construction cost. The sum was readily granted, and with the advent of the summer of 1892, the new church was completed.
The grand dedication ceremonies too place on Sunday, July 17, 1892. Archbishop Corrigan blessed the church and consecrated the three altars. Archbishop Winand M. Wigger of Newark, who had grown up across the street from the original church, delivered the sermon. He was also the donor of a large stained glass window dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi.
For over 100 years, the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi has been more than just a house of worship in midtown Manhattan. It has served as the focal point for untold numbers of people seeking a place of compassion, inspiration, comfort, nourishment and education. Guided by the spirit of Il Poverello, the little poor man of Assisi, we are confident that St. Francis Church will continue to stand well into the 21st century and beyond as a beacon of faith, hope and love.
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marcan44 (6245) 2012-09-13 13:00
San Francesco era il Santo poverello ma la chiesa dedicata a lui in NYC mostra un grande sfarzo e ricchezza di elementi decorativi.
Grazie per questa condivisione di una bellissima immagine realizzata con grande maestria.
carlo62 (32735) 2012-09-13 14:31
una Chiesa dedicata ad uno dei Santi più antichi e venerati, rifinita con elementi moderni.
Mi piace la presenza delle persone, di solito non sono così presenti e così composte nelle foto che vengono presentate.
Sergiom (59986) 2012-09-14 5:16
C'est assez rare de voir une église aussi rempli de paroissiens pour une photo. J'aime beaucoup la décoration simple et colorée et la belle gestion de la lumière.
siamesa (27741) 2012-09-14 16:32
Simplesmente bela essa foto. Um momento de recolhimento e oração que voc~e capturou de forma maravilhosa.
jhm (139168) 2012-09-15 1:05
We see less interiors with people, this is an extraordinarily image, I love it this interior.
Also good perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ricardomattos (4526) 2012-09-15 18:14
Bela foto do interior desta igreja. Excelente iluminação e cores. Composição bem equilibrada.
- Copyright: Andre Bonavita (bona) (12562)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-29
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: New York City
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-13 9:12