Friday, August 25, 2006

Our Lady of Vilnius Parish: a little Lithuanian island in Manhattan

Parish established in 1905. Construction of the church competed on March 5, 1911.

"One needs only to recall that the New York harbor houses the prime port of entry for millions of immigrants who caught their first glimpse of the Statue of Liberty. This city is home to nearly every known ethnic group. Almost lost in these huge communities is a Lithuanian remnant, a little Lithuanian island in Manhattan – Our Lady of Vilnius parish."

from "90 Years for God and Country" by Dalia Bulvičius, prepared for the 90th anniversary of the parish in 1995. To obtain the full text of the history as a pdf file e-mail me and I will send it to you as an attachment

Photo taken by Peter Manzari and posted to Flickr. Shown here with his permission.

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