An Episcopal church and parish has for the first time been established in the Fourteenth Ward. The edifice, which has been named St. Michael’s, is situated on North Fifth street, between Bedford avenue and Driggs street. The building was, until within the past few months, occupied by the First United Presbyterian congregation which now worships in a structure purchased from St. Paul’s German Lutheran Society, at the corner of South First and Rodney streets. The structure was purchased from the United Presbyterians by the energetic rector of Christ’s Church in Bedford avenue, opposite Morton street, the Rev. Dr. James H. Darlington, for $7,500, and it was put in thorough repair.
The edifice is of wood and is surmounted by a large cross. The exterior has been painted and the interior generally renovated and the pews repaired. It is free and clear of debt of any kind and will be opened to-morrow as an Episcopal mission church. The Rev. Dr. Darlington will have charge of it until it becomes self supporting, which he expects it will be in a couple of years. Services will be conducted in the forenoon by Mr. Robert W. Cochrane, of Christ Church, in the afternoon a Sabbath school will be organized, and instructions given by the members of Christ Church, and in the evening services will be conducted in Italian by the Rev. Albert Pace for the benefit of his fellow countrymen. Mr. Pace has charge of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross in South Brooklyn, and he was appointed by Bishop Littlejohn to conduct services Sunday evenings at St. Michael’s.
To-morrow evening Dr. Darlington will formally open the mission and will preach. A sewing school will meet Saturdays between 10 A.M. and 12 M. The ladies of Christ Church take a deep interest in the new parish and have been working hard for the past week. An EAGLE reporter had a conversation with Dr. Darlington about the new church.
“We have long felt the want of an Episcopal Church in the Fourteenth Ward,” said the doctor, “where a good many poor English Episcopalians live who do not like to come so far to St. Mark’s, Grace or Christ Church. Christ Church took the initiative in the missionary work and opened one in the small building on North Third street, but the trustees who control the structure not being Episcopalians thought it would be best to have ministers in charge of it who did not wear surplices or conduct High Church services, so we left. I saw that the Italians were being neglected by the churches, as no temple was opened for them in which the Word would be expounded for them in their native tongue, so I concluded to do what I could to bring them under Christian influence.”
—The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 19, 1886