Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church

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Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church

Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church is in Manhattan on West 49th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Parishioners have included Bob Hope and Gregory Peck.

History

The parish was founded in 1902. It was soon operating out of a basement sanctuary. Plans designed by prolific ecclesiastical architect Thomas J. Duff were filed in 1910 and the Actor's Chapel was built in 1920. Under the pastorate of Rev. George Washington Moore Jr., the church "expanded its mission to the elderly, poor, homeless, and homebound."

Actor's parish

In 1920, the Theatre District moved into the area, and actors, dancers, musicians became prominent members. An Actors' Chapel was constructed below the main church in 1920. St. Malachy's became a place of worship for the entertainment community. Particularly when the church was the setting for the funeral of Rudolph Valentino and the wedding of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to Joan Crawford. Its pastor, the Rev. George Washington Moore Jr. was awarded a special Tony Award in 1991. The churches chimes play "There's No Business Like Show Business."

Notable ceremonies
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr. married Joan Crawford
  • Walter O'Malley marriage
  • Rudolph Valentino funeral
  • Tennessee Williams funeral
Members
  • Fred Allen
  • Don Ameche
  • George M. Cohan
  • Perry Como
  • Irene Dunne
  • Jimmy Durante
  • Alec Guinness
  • Florence Henderson
  • Hildegarde
  • Bob Hope
  • Ricardo Montalban
  • Pat O'Brien
  • Carol O'Connor
  • Gregory Peck
  • Cyril Ritchard
  • Rosalind Russell
  • Elaine Stritch 
  • Danny Thomas
  • Spencer Tracy
Pastors
  • Rev. George Washington Moore Jr.]
  • Monsignor Edward F. Leonard

Building Activity

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    about 6 years ago via Annotator
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    about 6 years ago via OpenBuildings.com