A Visit to the Birthplace of the AOH in America
On August 18th, 2015, National President Brendan Moore, NYS President Tim McSweeney, Past NYS President Jim Burke and Albany Div. 5 Treasurer Bernie Harney were treated to a tour of St. James Church in lower Manhattan hosted by Rev. Raymond Nobiletto, Pastor of Church of the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration Parish recently acquired the St. James Church Building, where the AOH in America was founded in May of 1836.
The Sanctuary of the Church has not hosted a mass in over 4 years and has fallen into disrepair. Workers are removing the ceiling of the Sanctuary, as it is in danger of total collapse. Many other rooms and basement of the building are in need of restoration.
Fr. Nobiletto’s goal is to transform the Sanctuary into a multi-use community center and recreation area for the Parish School. The basement of the building will become a science lab for the school.
The delegation briefed Fr.Nobiletto how much of an important role that St. James played in the history of our order. Further meetings will be planned with Fr.Nobiletto to discuss the role of the AOH assisting in preserving this historic site.