When MM and I were debating on wedding location – Italy or NYC – we asked our close friend, who is also engaged and from NYC, for a Catholic church that he liked. He recommended St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Although we are getting married in Italy, we love this church and visited it for Easter this past weekend.
For over 200 years, this beautiful cathedral has been serving Nolita with faith, hope and love. It is grand and protective, yet not overpowering – just the way you would hope the church to feel. This church attributes to the beauty and safety of a newly popular and quiant area of Manhattan – even though it has been in the same spot since 1809. It has weathered many eras of Manhattan on the corner of Mott and Prince – now an envious location of most any New Yorker.
St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral has always offered Catholics as well as people of all ages, cultures, races and religious backgrounds a place of worship and peace. They even offer services in English, Spanish, and Chinese. It had served the new diocese of New York as its first cathedral for seventy years before becoming known as the “Old Cathedral” in 1879 with the opening of the larger and more grand edifice at Fifth Avenue and 51st Street. To visit this cathedral is not to only visit a church, it is a visit to the heart of Old New York.