Friday, April 1, 2011

Old St.Patrick's Cathedral and the Church of Our Saviour

On Saturday last week, my husband and I attended the Vigil Mass at Our Saviour on Park Avenue. We met Father George Rutler after Mass and I presented him with a copy of Supremacy and Survival: How Catholics Endured the English Reformation, hoping for a favourable review or recommendation once he reads it. The Church of Our Saviour has the first shrine to Blessed John Henry Newman in the USA. Its design and construction was supervised by Father Rutler. He commented that the portrait of Newman on the cover of my book was the inspiration for the bust. The National Catholic Register reported on its dedication last year and Father Rutler described its installation here. Earlier in the day we went to Old St. Patrick's Cathedral in Lower Manhattan and visited a local independent bookstore (which was a disappointment). At Old St. Patrick's a wedding party was gathering, so we just stayed a few minutes and took a few pictures without intruding on the wedding photography. The National Catholic Register posted a story about the old cathedral being named a basilica in 2010. After our visit we ate lunch at Gatsby's on Spring Street and talked to a very nice waitress from Australia who responded to our orders and requests with "No worries!" She is spending a couple of years in the Americas before heading back to Australia for her first post-college job. We then shopped in Kate's Paperie and Muji in SOHO on our way to K&M Camera. Then we boarded the 6 heading uptown to Park Avenue, shopping at the Morgan Library and this elegant hotel's boutique before attending Mass at Our Saviour. I took the picture of the Blessed John Henry Newman Shrine; my husband took the picture of Our Saviour and Old St. Patrick's at the bottom and top of this post.

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