Holy Cross Church is a Roman Catholic church located at 329 West 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, near Times Square and across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.Make Holy Cross Church a part of your New York City vacation plans using our New York City trip planner.
The Holy Cross Parish was established in 1852 and a chapel erected, which the congregation quickly outgrew. In 1854, a new building was constructed and dedicated, but lightning struck this second structure in 1867, and the ensuing fire severely damaged it. The current church was constructed to a design by Henry Engelbert on the site of the damaged building and completed in 1870. It is notable as the oldest building on 42nd Street. The Holy Cross School, located behind the church at 332 West 43rd Street, was built in 1887 to a design by Lawrence J. O'Connor.
Since 1900, Holy Cross Church has worked with politicians, police and community groups to combat poverty, crime and drugs in the neighborhood. The parish is especially associated with the popular ministry of the Reverend Francis P. Duffy.
The exterior of Holy Cross Church shows a red brick facade with flanking twin towers in an Italianate Gothic form. Inside, the church reveals an eclectic mixture of Georgian classical, Romanesque and Byzantine forms. The main dimensions are 100 feet from front to back and 82 feet from side to side, where the configuration completes the suggestion of a cross. A dome, surmounted by a cross, rises above the intersection of nave and transept. From curb level to the top of the cross is a distance of 148 feet.
Holy Cross Church Reviews
We met the delightful pastor and loved the church, the Mass and the wonderful homily. Right in the heart of the theater district. So glad we went more »
Beautiful murals, stunning statuary, and convenient Mass times! The cantor for the 8:30 Mass had a lovely voice and we felt very comfortable as visitors to the parish. The location was really... more »
What an incredible, amazing, beautiful church. The sculptures of the various Saints and Biblical figures that are featured in this church are over 200 years old. The only thing that comes close to Holy Cross Church is The Vatican.
Beautiful church. Attended 11.30 English mass. Great homily and very pleasant environment. 😇😇🙏🏾
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