Inside Saint Agnes Church

We toured the Neo-Gothic church on Sunday

On a quiet corner of Carroll Gardens is a commanding structure -- . Nestled comfortably among brownstone and brick row houses is the Neo-Gothic Church, built in 1904 and still serving a congregation of approximately 300 people.

The church's doors were open all afternoon yesterday, and to go inside such an impressive and vast building, in a place like New York City where real estate is expensive and apartments small, was a little like entering another world. The ceilings were high and painted with gold, the pews shiny, the stained glass windows bright. Even if you aren't religious, it's hard to take issue with the beauty.

Leucas January 31, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Thanks for stopping by! You're right that it is an amazing space that is very inspirational. Our Parish has a website if you're interested in attending any services: http://stpaulstagnes.wordpress.com/
CARMEN February 01, 2011 at 04:53 PM
I was married in this church as were many of my cousins. They attended the now CONDO school around the corner on Degraw St. It is sad to see a church that used to have standing room only for a Sunday Mass be reduced to only 300. If more people afraid of 2012 would turn to more traditional ways of dealing perhaps all church's would be full again.
Laura Rodi February 01, 2011 at 09:46 PM
I went to Saint Agnes School and Church in the 50's. I have always loved this church. This April I have the opportunity to attend a wedding there. I can't wait to come home to the church that brought me to God and taught me of His love for me. I too am sorry the attendance is down. It was always packed when I went. Laura Williams Rodi
Loretta Buckley Casey March 28, 2011 at 08:10 PM
I graduated from St. Agnes School in 1956. I was baptized and received my First Communion and Confirmation at St. Agnes Church. What a magnificent church! I have a beautiful wedding picture of my parents' wedding at St. Agnes on September 5, 1941. When I lived in Brooklyn, the church was always full. It is hard to believe that there are only 300 people now attending. I have such wonderful memories of my childhood in Brooklyn, and many of those memories are associated with St. Agnes Church. Thanks for the pictures. Loretta Buckley Casey
Elizabeth A Dolen April 16, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Elizabeth A Bridges-Dolen My parents were married in St. Agnes Church in 1928 as well as my aunts. I attended school during the war years of 1942-1944. I received my Confirmation at St. Agnes. It has always been a very special place in my heart as I used to attend daily Mass. There was a cha;el downstairs in the church at that time. I wonder if it is still there. I always remember the beautiful white marbel altar. So sad to hear about the attendance. Is the school closed? Thank you for the photos.
Thomas Conigliaro April 27, 2011 at 08:21 PM
I too attended St Agnes School(1948-56),was baptized,received First Holy Communion/Confirmation at this beautiful church.Both my parents,Rose and Gaetano had their funeral masses there! My father owned a candy store diagonally the street,on Hoyt Street...so it's beautiful steeple was always before my eyes when I was outside I have many fond and sublime memories of that church...it is so beautiful.It was during a lost time when a church was a church. Someday when the people of this world are in REAL TROUBLE, those pews will be filled ..just like during WW II Tom Conigliaro
Thomas Conigliaro April 27, 2011 at 08:32 PM
check out the outside of the church: http://carrollgardens.patch.com/listings/saint-agnes-roman-catholic-church#photo-2782881
Rose Bordonaro April 27, 2011 at 09:04 PM
4:52 pm, Wednesday April 27, 2011 These pictures of St. Agnes Church brought back many beautiful memories for me. I was Baptized, Received my First Holy Communion. was Confirmed and Married at St. Agnes. I went to s St. Agnes School and graduated in January 1943. As a child growing up I always dreamed of walking down that long aisle when I was married. Unofrtunately, the year I decided to get married (October 1955) the Church was being renovated and I walked down the aisle among scaffolding but it was still a wonderful and memorable day. Fifty-Six years later I can still get teary eyed when I look at the pictures that are posted. Those 300 people that are lucky enough to go to St. Agnes are truly blessed. Rose Bordonaro (nee Conigliaro)
Rose Conmy May 01, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Rose Conmy/ nee Tumolillo I went to school at St. Agnes along with my brother Ernest and lots of cousins. Received all the sacraments and was married at this magnificent altar. It was standing room only in those days. It was home to all of us. The Joshehites taught us well.
Patrick Kinsella September 05, 2011 at 11:03 PM
I grew up in Park Slope but always noticed this Church in my travels and knew people who attended . I was doing one of my bike rides today back from the City and i stopped to take the Church in, What a beatiful building, almost like a cathederal, all the times I passed it I saw it's madesty, but today it sunk in, i hope to visit. I know a neighbor of mine growing up in Park Slope had told many who went here went to war afterwards.
Joseph February 20, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I west to St. Agnes Church as well as went to the School. Great memories. I graduated in 1972. Still keep in touch with some of my friends through Facebook. My first communion and my first love right there in St. Agnes Joe russo
Tim ENPT February 20, 2012 at 12:32 AM
My Dad was born just down the block on Degraw. I can remember moving in with my Grandmother before moving to Long Island in 1960 & going to Mass in this beautiful church. My Mother-in law went to this church when she just came over from Italy to stay with relatives also before moving to L.I. TFallon
Bill Gorman October 29, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Glad our open house was able to get people to see the beauty we, as parishioners ,have always known ( and sometimes taken for granted). Attended St. Agnes School ( 1959-1967) as did my parents and grandparents and still live right across the street. Married there Dec 7, 1985, my parents April 10, 1948 and grandparents Feb 12, 1926. We have open house once a year just so people can enjoy the architecture BUTwelcome people every Sunday to join the congregation.
Wendy O'Neill December 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
St. Agnes is a spectacular church both architecturally, spiritually and culturally. This gothic structure is more than a building to be admired or assessed for its value. For me, it is the epicenter of authentic Carroll Gardens. where for many decades, a thriving parish welcomed pious, humble and grateful early generation immigrants who thought beyond themselves to seek grace from a greater entity - giving thanks to God for their treasured family and few possessions, while some sought solace for the personal disappointments and difficulties they faced in leaving behind loved ones, perhaps in Italy or Ireland or Puerto Rico. Church life was just that -- life....living the faith and community through Mass, confession, sacraments, feasts, Bingo, Brownies, and of course, our beloved parish school. In my formative years, conformity, humility, obedience, service were not looked at as a detriment. We didn't always comply, but we were accountable in the confession booths and to our parents and teachers at St. Agnes School. Today, I've carried those values through to my children even though I've long been out of "the neighborhood." I will always treasure St. Agnes Church and wish more people would consider incorporating the Church into their quest to self-fulfillment. Life's changed, but faith is a constant. St. Agnes is a great place to discover faith at your pace, any Sunday, whether you are establishing roots in Carroll Gardens or are just passing through.


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