In October 2012 Timothy Cardinal Dolan announced the closing of the French National Church, St. Vincent de Paul, on January 6th 2013, after the celebration of the last Mass on the Feast of the Epiphany. It was celebrated to an overflowing crowd by Msgr. John Paddack, appointed transitional Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul. The Francophone community has been invited to open a new chapter in their 170 year history of religious tolerance and social justice by making their new home at the Church of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is an integral part of that long history of St. Vincent de Paul. In 1910, it was built as a Mission Church of St. Vincent de Paul and was staffed by the same French Fathers of Mercy. The present diverse congregation of Notre Dame and Columbia University Catholic Campus Ministry is proud to welcome their brothers and sisters in faith and history to Morningside Heights. Mass is celebrated in French each Sunday at 10 a.m. “Come and see”!
French Mass at 10 am on Sundays (Also have Spanish Mass at 1 pm after their Main Mass at 11:30 am)
Priests well versed in French:
Msgr. John Paddack -Pastor, Director of Francophone Community of NY; Special Advisor to Columbia University Chaplaincy Program (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Msgr. Paddack was appointed Administrator of Notre Dame by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, effective September 2011. He was was born in Manhattan, and after spending much of his childhood on the Jersey Shore, he attended Fordham University in the Bronx. He has subsequently studied at New York University, Université de Paris, Universidad de Guadulajara, St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, St. John’s University, and the City University of New York. He has a passion for traveling, and he has studied, worked and resided in Europe and the Caribbean.
Fr. Michael Holleran; Parish Priest (email@example.com)
Fr. Michael Holleran was raised on Long Island and attended high school in Manhattan. In the five years he was a Jesuit, he attended Fordham Rose Hill and received degrees in Philosophy and Classical Languages. Upon graduation, he entered the Carthusian Order and remained for 22 years: 12 years spent in Vermont, seven at the Grande Chartreuse in France, and three in England. Since 1994, he has worked as a parish priest in Manhattan and the Bronx. In 2009, he was received as a priest of the Archdiocese of New York by Cardinal Egan. Fr. Michael loves interfaith work, travel, and film.
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