Historic Re-dedication Ceremony Will Feature the Unveiling of a Fully Restored Altar Designed by James Renwick, Jr.

On Sunday May 18th at 3:00 PM, Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, serving the Windsor Terrace community for the past 135 years, will be re-dedicated in a special Mass with His Excellency the Most Reverend Nicholas Di Marzio, Ph.D., D.D. presiding.

At the center of the ceremony will be the unveiling of the renovated church featuring the unique combination of humble architectural charm with bold neo-Romanesque features, Corinthian columns, and historic altarpieces transferred and restored from the former St. Vincent de Paul Church of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The showcasing of the restored church is both of historical and spiritual importance.

The historical importance is that the altarpieces were designed by James Renwick, Jr., the renowned 19th century architect who also designed the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan. James Renwick, Jr.’s altarpieces are remarkable examples of detailed Gothic sculpture that were constructed concurrently with the founding and building of Holy Name of Jesus Church in the 1800s.

The spiritual importance is that this re-dedication marks two years of project planning and implementation supported by the parish community under the leadership of Rev. James K. Cunningham, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus. This re-dedication ceremony will formally kick-off a yearlong series of events focusing on celebrating the call of the new evangelization in Brooklyn, themed “Celebrating Our Vision.”

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