The Church of Saint Agnes in the heart of midtown Manhattan, just half a block from Grand Central Terminal and across 43rd Street from the Chrysler Building, ministers to the needs of local residents, businessmen, and commuters alike. The Church offers numerous Masses and three hours of confession daily. Saint Agnes is also home to a number of service and devotional organizations, a renowned music program, and a bookstore stocked with religious books and merchandise.
We were established in 1873 to serve the laborers at the nearby Grand Central Depot. The first church, designed by Lawrence J. O’Connor, was built from 1873–1877. In 1992, the 1873 building was destroyed by devastating fire, leaving only the walls and towers standing. The present church, opened in 1998, was designed by Acheson, Thornton, Doyle, and was conceived as a smaller version of the Church of Il Gesù in Rome. The two surviving towers were reclad to harmonize with the new Italianate design. The adjoining rectory was built in 1904 by Jeremiah O’Rourke & Sons, architects of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.
On October 7th, 1980, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Saint Agnes Church received…“the singular honor”…which will forever become part of recorded history…East 43rd Street was proclaimed…“Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Place.”Then Mayor Edward L. Koch in his proclamation address said: “East 43rd had been selected, because it is the busiest pedestrian street in the world!…Thus befitting the most famous churchman of our century…And it was at Saint Agnes Church that his sermons were carried throughout the world.”
Priests of the Parish
Rev. Michael Barrett S.Th.D., Pastor
Rev. Robert J. Brisson, Parochial Vicar
Bishop John O’Hara, In Residence
Rev. William Elder, In Residence
143 East 43rd Street
New York, New York 10017
Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues, Saint Agnes is half a block east from Grand Central Terminal (see map below). Access is convenient by subway (4, 5, 6, 7 lines and the Times Square shuttle), Metro-North trains, and numerous bus routes. There are several parking lots in the surrounding area.
Rectory Office Hours
Monday–Friday: 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Rectory Telephone: (212) 682-5722
Bookstore Telephone: (212) 599-7588
Fax: (212) 370-5791
For more information on our Bookstore please visit the webpage.