Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Washington DC

Holy Trinity Catholic Church is a Catholic church located in Washington, D.C., in the United States. Located in the Georgetown neighborhood, it was established in 1787 and finished construction in 1794 and is the oldest Roman Catholic house of worship in both Georgetown and the larger city of Washington, D.C. The original building was vacated due to the lack of space and is now the Chapel of St. Ignatius, which is used as an auxiliary space for parish activities.
Holy Trinity Church was established in 1787 at which is now 3513 N Street NW. It was originally called "Georgetown Chapel" because of the uncertainty of the laws against erecting Catholic churches. It was founded by Archbishop John Carroll, the first Catholic bishop in America and a cousin of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In addition to Carroll, the church had four lay trustees, Adam King, George King, George Fenwick and James Simpson. This church faced south and included a bell tower. During the early years it primarily served the growing Catholic population of Georgetown and the students of Georgetown College (now University).
The congregation soon outgrew its original building, and in 1829 a larger structure was erected at 1301 36th Street NW. This structure faced west, and did not include a tower. The first church was retained and renamed the Chapel of St. Ignatius. During the American Civil War, the US government used the church as a hospital to treat more than 200 injured soldiers after the Second Battle of Bull Run in 1862. The government returned the building to the congregation in 1863 and later reimbursed them $350 for use of the building.
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  • Beautiful small Catholic Church in neoclassical style located near Georgetown University. The family of John F. Kennedy was regularly when they lived in Georgetown. The Catholic parish of the Holy Trinity Church was founded in 1787 by Archbishop John Carroll (first bishop and Catholic Archbishop of the United States, Member of the order of the Jesuits and cousin of Charles Carroll, one of the signatories of the declaration independence). The community gathered at the time in the Georgetown chapel completed in 1794, making it the oldest Catholic parish in the Washington DC area. Other land, buildings and enlargements have followed over the years to meet the growing and particular needs of the parish (liturgy, school, cemetery, makeshift hospital during the civil war, etc.). The current church dates to 1829; its White façade stands nearby very colorful buildings on N Street, particularly during the flowering period of cherry trees.
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  • As an old city (older than Washington D.C.) incorporated as part of Washington D.C., Georgetown has so many old and historic Churches that are designated as historic landmarks. Holy Trinity Catholic C...  more »
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  • Wonderful and well cared for church with a passionate congregation going back to the late 1700s. They offer a selection of masses on Sunday each catering toward a different type of attendee, e.g. young, traditionalist, family, etc. You choose your own Catholic adventure, but don't be late for the 5:30 PM - or you'll be standing way in back with the rest of those who likely received J.U.G. in their day. Always feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @joerazz
  • My wife and I were married at the old chapel at holy trinity. Beautiful location in Georgetown.
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