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After one year as a sacristan at Trinity Church Wall Street, Vinod Wesley is leaving to pursue his Ph.D. at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Wesley came to Trinity after finishing his Master of Sacred Theology at Union Seminary. Prior to his studies at Union Seminary, he taught and earned Bachelors and Masters degrees at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College. He is affiliated with the Church of South India.

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Longtime Trinity partner, Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, was featured by People magazine for her work to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.

Sister Tesa is the founder of Hour Children, an organization that works with incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children, providing housing, child care, mental health support, job-training, and other Read more

Trinity’s dedication to serving the needs of the surrounding neighborhood has been an important part of its mission since its founding, taking many forms throughout its history, including a 19th century medical dispensary. 

During an 1879 sermon, Trinity Rector Morgan Dix called for “means to employ a competent physician to take care of the sick poor in this neighborhood.” Read more

Jeremy Sierra

Visit Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest, an exhibit about the life and work of Murray, from February 17– March 21, 2018, at St. Paul’s Chapel

Liberating God, we thank you most heartily for the steadfast courage of your servant Pauli Murray, who fought long and well: Unshackle us from bonds of prejudice and fear so that we show forth your reconciling love and true freedom, which you revealed Read more

This week, Trinity Church Wall Street welcomed two groups of visitors with a special interest in the parish's history.

On Monday, the Staten Island Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee, a group which raises funds to support research at Brandeis University, enjoyed Read more

Did you know Trinity Church used to be the tallest building in New York City? When construction was completed in 1846, the steeple reached 281 feet, making it one of the most recognizable features of the skyline and a welcome sight for those sailing into New York Harbor.

The height also allowed for an unparalleled view of the city, water, and sky. The steeple served as Read more

This summer, a Noack organ built in 1988 is being refurbished and made ready to move to St. Paul’s Chapel in the fall. It was originally made for Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

“We are just starting to assemble the many parts,” said Didier Grassin, president of Noack Organ Company workshops in Boston, where the new instrument is being created. “ Read more

Jim Melchiorre, Director of Editorial Content

Trinity Church Wall Street is in the process of planning and completing a set of significant neighborhood mission reinvestments, such as the renovation of the 250-year-old St. Paul’s Chapel and construction of the new Parish Center on Trinity Place. The Parish Center will serve the needs of the church’s Lower Manhattan neighborhood, as identified in a series of community conversations, and will include a gymnasium, café, and meeting spaces. 

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On this day in 1984, Anita Louise Schell became the first woman to be ordained as a priest at Trinity Church. The Episcopal Church had been ordaining women for only 10 years when Schell was called, and many were still opposed to the idea.

“I kind of made it through a lot of hurdles in my way," she later recalled. "You tend to forget those things where you're on the other side. But it's Read more

Due to a disagreement over the organ at St. Paul’s, tensions between Edward Hodges and Henry Erben had simmered for years. In 1839, the professional disagreement quickly turned into an ugly feud after Hodges was appointed Organist and Music Director of Trinity Church. The Vestry had recently decided to demolish the church, and the building committee asked Hodges to prepare plans for an organ to be installed in the new one.  

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