The Church of St. Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular is one of the nine Manhattan parishes that the Archdiocese of New York announced on Nov. 2 are among those to merge with other parishes and then, by Aug. 1, 2015, be used only for special occasions.
The decision is quite understandable yet sad, because this church is adorned with very significant artwork by painter Constantino Brumidi.
In fact, it has the largest number of Brumidi religious paintings done in a single church in the United States — 45 in all.
The major mural is the Crucifixion scene. It’s one of two he painted in Manhattan churches. Both Crucifixion scenes are more than 20 feet wide and 44 feet tall and among the biggest...READ MORE