For over 105 years, St. George has served as the spiritual, political and cultural epicenter for several waves of Ukrainian immigrants and there families.
Our parish is one of the largest Ukrainian parishes of its kind, serving over 1500 registered Ukrainian families. Every Sunday in our beautiful and ornate church, congregants gather for 4 liturgies, and off campus, a service is held at St. Margaret in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn to serve new immigrants from Ukraine residing in Brooklyn.
St. George’s is proud to offer congregants two church choirs, the 10am choir that sings the high masses and the Sheptysky Chorus for the 12 Noon liturgy. Services include monthly night vespers, May services for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the rosary said daily from Monday to Friday in October.
The Early Years
The first record of a Ukrainian liturgy of the Byzantine tradition was celebrated in the church basement of St. Brigid located on Avenue A, on April 19, 1890 by Father Alexander Dzubaj. In 1892, the Greek Catholic congregation purchased St. Ilee in Brooklyn. Even in those days similar to today, land in New York City was very expensive and Ukrainian immigrants so poor, that it was not feasible for them to purchase a church or land in the city. Thus, it took Ukrainian Catholics another 13 years before they founded St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in 1905.
Late in 1905, the Ukrainian community of Manhattan purchased the Colgate Chapel from a Baptist congregation on East 20th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The chapel was converted into the Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic style and hence was born the first church of its kind on the island of Manhattan. The new church was dedicated to Saint George and well maintained from its inception. In 1911, the need for a larger church was obvious and the congregation of St. George purchased a Methodist church on 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The new location was immediately converted to the Greek Catholic style in order to serve a growing Ukrainian catholic community. The current church building of St. George was built in 1978. St. George parish and its’ 100 years of successful work within the Ukrainian community is thanks to years of hardship and compassionate sacrifice of parishioners for the good of their beloved church.