St. Andrew Church (New York City)

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Coordinates: 40°42′47.9″N 74°0′10.1″W / 40.713306°N 74.002806°W / 40.713306; -74.002806

St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church Manhattan.jpg
General information
Town or cityNew York, New York
CountryUnited States of America
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Design and construction
ArchitectMaginnis & Walsh, Robert J. Reiley[1]

The Church of St. Andrew is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 20 Cardinal Hayes Place, Manhattan, New York City. It was established in 1842 and has been staffed by the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament ever since.


St. Andrew's parish was founded by Rev. Andrew Byrne. Local Catholics had purchased the old Universalist Church, known as Carroll Hall, which then Bishop John Hughes dedicated on March 19, 1842. In 1844, Byrne was named the first bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock. In 1858 extensive street improvements carried away so much of the old structure that it was found necessary to purchase the adjoining lot. The remodeled St. Andrew's was dedicated October 20, 1861.

"Printers' Mass[edit]

Father Luke Evers initiated the "Printers' Mass", held at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. An adaptation approved by Pope Leo XIII,[2] this allowed Catholic workers at nearby Printing House Square, where The Sun, The New York Telegram, The New York Times, and the New York World newspapers were then published, to fulfill their Sunday obligation by stopping by on their way home after the Saturday night press runs. The "Printers Mass" also drew railway workers, postal employees, policemen, firefighters, brewery and saloon workers. The practice soon spread to other cities. This tradition continued for more than 50 years, and the church became known as "The Printers' Church.[3] Some six years later a similar accommodation would be made for the theatrical community with the establishment of the "Actors' Chapel" at St. Malachy's.

Evers was also chaplain at The Tombs.[2]


  • Fr. Andrew Byrne, 1842-1844
  • Fr. John Maginnis, 1844-1850
  • Fr. Michael Curran, 1850-1880
  • Fr. James McMahon, 1880-1891
  • Fr. James Fitzsimmons, 1891-1898
  • Fr. Luke Evers, 1898 -


In 1892, the address listed was on Duane Street and the corner of City Hall Place.[4]

The present building was erected in 1939 through a joint effort involving the famous Boston firm Maginnis & Walsh and Robert J. Reiley of New York. It is one of the best examples of the Georgian Revival architectural style in New York. St. Andrew is the only New York City church to be designed by Maginnis & Walsh.

The church was erected near the site of the infamous Five Points slum. The selection of the site for the church was near where Cardinal Hayes was born.

The church is located near City Hall and the headquarters of the NYPD, along with several other courthouses. Above the entrance to the church, an inscription in Latin reads "Beati qvi ambvlant in lege Domini," which means "Blessed are they who walk in the law of the Lord."

At the end of the regularly scheduled 5:15 Sunday mass on April 8, 2018; the priest announced they would no longer be hosting any weekend masses.


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