St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church


Established in 1785, current structure in 1840


Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York


  • The oldest Roman Catholic parish in New York - The original church was built only two years after the end of the American Revolution. Old St Peter's Church was used for worship until 1836 when a portion of the ceiling gave way and the parish made plans to build a new and larger place of worship to accomodate the growing flock.

  • In Fierce Opposition to a Muslim Center, Echoes of an Old Fight - Church Pastor Hears Echoes in Muslim Center Uproar

  • In 1800 they established the first free Catholic school in New York State. At the time, no public school existed in New York City. St. Peter’s Free School offered a primary education, core subjects of a secondary school as well as Catholic doctrine, Bible history and morality. In 1805, the school had 500 students and another location was opened to educate children on the Bowery.



All media by Luke Cabading.


  • St Peter - Our Lady of the Rosary Parish. (n.d.). St Peter's Church HISTORY. [online] Available at: [Accessed 8 Jul. 2019].

  • Vitello, P. (2010). Church Pastor Hears Echoes in Muslim Center Uproar. [online] Available at: [Accessed 9 Jul. 2019].