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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.

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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