In this special neighborhood you’ll find major educational institutions, students from all over the world, and ordinary folks living in brownstones and public housing. Corpus Christi tries to be one place where we can all come together, both for ourselves and for the wider community.
Corpus Christi is known for the quality of its liturgy. This parish played an important part in the Liturgical Renewal movement before the Second Vatican Council and now continues the best of the Catholic liturgical tradition. Click here for more information and here for a description of the various Masses.
Fine liturgical music has been a long tradition at Corpus Christi. The music program includes Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, baroque and early classical choral music, and contemporary works (some commissioned especially for us). Our choir is made up of dedicated professional singers–we’ve even made three CDs of them. There’s also the concert series Music Before 1800 here at Corpus Christi.
Click here for information about our music and here for Music Before 1800.
The church building is in a sparse Colonial style, unusual for a Catholic church. The painted crucifix dates from the 1400s in Florence, Italy, and the painting of the Madonna and Child with saints in the Blessed Sacrament chapel also reflects that time.
Click here for more information about our art.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Thomas Merton, the famous writer and Trappist monk. When he was a graduate student at Columbia University, he came to Corpus Christi for religious instruction and was baptized here.
Click here for more about Thomas Merton.
Click here for the Corpus Christi Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society (ITMS).