Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trinity Wall Street Marks 300th Year

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Trinity Wall Street Marks 300th Year

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A unique Anglican parish on Manhattan held a special service last month to celebrate the climax of its 300th anniversary

Among the many church heads present was George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, who expressed the gratitude of the church worldwide for the assistance that Trinity parish has given to churches, church projects and to the needy around the world. The grants made by Trinity, which owns real estate near Wall Street on Manhattan, are among the biggest made by any parish in the world.

Archbishop Carey, who was the preacher at an Ascension Day service at Trinity, said it had not only financed social ministries in the New York area and assisted 70 or more churches, but had undertaken an "international ministry" that was "breathtaking."

One sign of Trinity's wideranging assistance was the presence of the 12 Anglican archbishops of Africa.

Trinity's rector, Rev. Daniel Matthews, said Trinity had given special emphasis to Africa and had contributed to each of Africa's Anglican provinces.

Trinity dates back to the 17th century and the early years of the island of Manhattan's history under English rule. In 1697, soon after the English took New Amsterdam from the Dutch and renamed it New York, King William III established Trinity as the first Anglican parish in New York, with a charter modeled on St. …

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