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Brooklyn’s St. James Cathedral Basilica marks 200th anniversary

St. James was first catholic church on Long Island

January 2, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
If Pope Francis makes a return trip to NYC, we hope he will visit the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn. Eagle photos by Lore Croghan
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The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, celebrated Mass to mark the opening of the 200th Anniversary Year of the Cathedral Basilica of St. James, located at 250 Cathedral Place in Downtown Brooklyn, on Saturday.

St. James was founded in 1822 upon a request for a Catholic church to be constructed in Brooklyn. 70 people contributed money and labor to build the Church.

St. James was the first Catholic Church built on all of Long Island, which at the time included the territory now known as Brooklyn and Queens.

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In 1853, the Diocese of Brooklyn was founded and St. James was designated as the Cathedral for the Diocese. St. James is the third Church to be constructed within the current boundaries of New York City.

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