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  Church of St. Stanislaus   

101 East 7th Street
Organized 1874

Historical Background

The following has been extracted from The Catholic churches of New York City, with sketches of their history and lives of the present pastors, published in 1878.

           The Catholic people of Poland have ever been respected by the Americans, who could not forget the services of Pulaski and Kosciusko, or behold unmoved their gallant but unsuccessful efforts to liberate their native land from the power of Russia.

           For many years there was, however, but little emigration to this country; but in 1834, after the defeat of the Polish armies, a number arrived, for whom a general sympathy was felt. Congress, by the act of June 30th in that year, granted them part of the public lands in Michigan and Illinois.

           As a general rule, they did not settle together, but, soon acquiring English, mingled with other Catholics in our churches, enjoying occasionally the ministry of a priest of their own nation.

           Within a few years, however, the number of Poles in this city and elsewhere has so increased that they are gradually forming separate congregations, where instruction is given in their native tongue.

           In 1874, a Polish priest. Rev. Adalbert Mielinszny, was temporarily authorized by the Most Reverend Archbishop to collect the Poles on the east side of the city and minister to their spiritual wants. He secured some property on Henry Street, and arranged No. 318 as a temporary church. There were many difficulties to contend with, the mass of the Polish Catholics being poor, and no little hostility was manifested towards them by the neighbors.

          In 1876, the Rev. F. H. Wayman was appointed, and soon placed the church on a better footing. Finding, however, that the place was not well adapted for a church for his people, and remonstrances having been made from the English–speaking church in whose parochial limits the Henry Street property stood, he looked out for a more advantageous site. A building was soon found, erected by the Methodists on the south–east corner of Forsyth and Stanton Streets, which had passed from the hands of the disciples of Wesley and been recently used as a synagogue. This was purchased by the Rev. Mr. Wayman for twenty thousand dollars, and the interior entirely remodeled to adapt it for use as a Catholic church.

          On Sunday, July 14th, 1878, it was solemnly dedicated by the pastor. The interior was decorated with flowers and green branches, while over the entrance floated the American and Polish flags and the Papal standard. After the performance of the rite of dedication, a Solemn High Mass was offered, the Rev. Eugene Dikovich of the Order of St. Francis, pastor of the Church of St. Francis Seraph, being the celebrant; Rev. Mr. Eberhardt, deacon; Rev. Mr. Guntzer, subdeacon ; and Rev. Mr. Wolf, master of novices; Rev. Matthew Nicot, assistant.

           The sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Wayman, who began by expressing his warm gratitude to his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey for permitting and encouraging the Catholic Poles to erect a church of their own in his episcopal city. 1

The following has been extracted from Inventory of the Church Archives in New York City — The Roman Catholic Church — Archdiocese of New York — vol. 2, published in 1941.

          Organized 1874. Services in following places until 1878: St. Francis of Assisi Church, 31st St.; St. Theresa's Church, Rutgers St.; and buildings on Henry and Pike Sts. First church, Stanton and Forsythe Sts., dedicated 1878. Incorporated March 4, 1881 as 'St. Stanislaus Polsko Leetewski Roman Catholic Church." Change of corporate name June 9, 1884. Present church, Gothic architecture, brick and concrete construction, dedicated 1900. Renovation of interior, 1936. The first Polish parish in the U.S. Sermons in Polish and English. Attends chapels: The Good Shepherd, 109 E. 77th St.; St. Hedwig's, 62 E. 106th St. First rector, Rev Adalbert Mielcuszny, 1874–76..."2

Records Available

Baptisms:  1887–1937 & beyond.
Confirmations:  1896–1937 & beyond.
First Communions:  1907–1937 & beyond.
Marriages:  1881–1937 & beyond; from St. Joseph's Home (Broad Street), 1897–1902.
Deaths:  1887–1937 & beyond.

Church Locations

     1874–1878. Services were held in a temporary church
                        located at 318 Henry Street

 1878–1900. In 1878 the Parish acquired a church on
                        the Southeast corner of Stanton and
                        Forsyth Street which was built by a
                        Methodist congregation and
                        subsequently used as a synagogue
                        (SEE Sketch). This church was
                        dedicated on July 14, 1878.

 1900–present. Current church of Gothic design, located
                           at 101 East 7th Street, was dedicated
                           in 1900, with its interior remodeled in
                           1936. View Location on Map

Link to 1891 block map

Link to 1925 block map

Contact Information

Mailing Address:  101 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10009
Telephone:  212.475.4576
Email:  Pastor

Additional Information

Cultural Associations:  First Polish parish in New York City.
Affiliated Churches:  
Other Affiliations:  Attended chapels: The Good Shepherd, 109 E. 77th St.; St. Hedwig's,
                              62 E. 106th St.  School, located at 104 St. Mark's Place, was organized
                              in 1890.


1. The Catholic churches of New York City, with sketches of their history and lives of the present pastors (1878), pages 650–654.

2. Inventory of the Church Archives in New York City — The Roman Catholic Church — Archdiocese of New York — vol. 2 (1941), page 74.

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