Holy Apostles was founded in 1844 as the result of an outreach by Trinity Church to immigrants who worked on the Hudson River waterfront to the west of the Church’s location in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, and social activism and the desire for social justice continue to be integral to our identity as a parish. In 1977, two of the first women priests in the Diocese of New York, one openly gay, were ordained at Holy Apostles. In 1982 we started inviting hungry people into our church to eat. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen now serves over 1000 meals every weekday, and all are welcome without question or qualification. In 2003 many Holy Apostles members marched in opposition to the invasion of Iraq. In 2006, Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire preached to an overflow crowd on Gay Pride Sunday, and Holy Apostles has consistently advocated for the rights of all people to be treated in accordance with our baptismal vows.
Although uniquely united in our commitment to inclusion and justice in and outside the church, the congregation is diverse in incomes, ages, careers, marital status and sexual orientation. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, there is a place for you here. We hope you will join us as we seek Christ and practice our faith together.
Check out these publications for a more thorough look at the history of the Church of the Holy Apostles: