History

1971

On February 21, thirty people attended St. Christopher’s Chapel for the first Chinese service. The Reverend Carlos J. Caguiat presided. “Jesus Loves Me This I Know” and “Onward Christian Soldiers” were sung during the service.

Many of the Spanish-speaking residents moved out of the neighborhood. Trinity Church decided to close St. Christopher’s Chapel. On May 2, St. Christopher’s Chapel had its last service. The Chinese congregation moved to Trinity Church.

 

1972

The Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr. launched “Mission 72” at his installation as 13th Bishop of New York. The Reverend Paul Tong of the Diocese of Hong Kong and Macau was seconded to develop a mission project in New York Chinatown. Besides providing pastoral care to the Chinese membership of the former St. Christopher’s Chapel, the project sponsored several outreach programs to service the Chinese new immigrants, notably, the Chinatown Health Clinic and the Chinatown Manpower Project. The Reverend Paul Tong returned to his home diocese at the end of the year.

 

1973

The Reverend Albany To, an Anglican missionary, was appointed Bishop’s Vicar for Chinese Affairs. He called together an ecumenical task force of Maryknoll missionaries and Episcopal religious to spearhead a new Chinatown Mission at 48 Henry Street.

The Maryknoll Transfiguration Kindergarten, the first full day pre-school in New York Chinatown, was born.

The Chapel of Our Savior was reopened for Sunday Services, cradling a new congregation of immigrant Chinese worshippers.

 

1975

Chinatown Mission, Inc. was officially incorporated with The Reverend Albany To as its President and The Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr. as Chairman of the Board. Besides parenting numerous outreach programs to minister to the people of the neighborhood, the corporation assumed full responsibility financially and spiritually for the nurture and development of the congregation worshipping in the Chapel of Our Savior.

 

1976

Mission Graphics, the publishing arm of Chinatown Mission, Inc., was founded. Mr. David Fung became the Chief Editor of its first bilingual publication, “The Chinese Episcopalian”, which served as a communication tool among all the Chinese Episcopal congregations across the country.

 

1979

To meet the urgent need of the growing Episcopal Chinese congregations in the United States, Mission Graphics began the translation of the 1978 Book of Common Prayer into Chinese.

 

1980

Mission Graphics published the first batch of Chinese-English bilingual service booklets for use by all Episcopal Chinese churches in the country: The Holy Eucharist, Morning Prayer, Holy Baptism/Confirmation, Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage and the Burial of the Dead.

 

1981

Under the lay leadership of Mr. Leon Hong and Mr. Peter Ng, the Chapel of Our Savior’s congregation became the Church of Our Savior.

The Reverend Charles Chan, newly graduated from Nashotah House, served as Priest-in-Charge for one year.

Responding to the call of the national church, the Church of Our Savior started its refugee ministry.

 

1983

The Church of Our Savior was officially admitted to the Diocese of New York as a Mission congregation. The Reverend Franco Kwan served as Priest-in-Charge of the congregation for the ensuing three years.

 

1986

The Reverend Albany To and Mr. Peter Ng presented the plan of the new church building complex to the Diocesan Council.

 

1987

The Church of Our Savior was granted Parish status at the 1987 Diocesan Convention. The Reverend Albany To was called to be its first Rector.

 

1989

Having obtained the approval from the Diocese of New York who held the deeds to the property at 46-50 Henry Street, The Reverend Albany To negotiated with Mr. Tommy Lee of Target Three Associates to replace the three old tenements with a new church sanctuary, a community center and a tower of apartments.

 

1989

During the reconstruction of 48 Henry Street, The Reverend Errol Harvey, Rector, and the Vestry of St. Augustine’s Church very generously gave shelter to the Parish of Our Savior. For three years, the two congregations worshipped in the same sanctuary on Sundays and shared office spaces on weekdays.

Mr. Peter Ng volunteered full-time to assist The Reverend Albany To, managing the parish affairs as well as the new building construction.

 

1990

On November 18, at 2:00 p.m. The Right Reverend Richard Grein laid the cornerstone for the new Church of Our Savior; The Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr. laid the cornerstone for Bishop Paul Moore Tower.

 

1992

In commemoration of the close relationship of the two parishes, St. Augustine’s Church gifted Church of Our Savior the twelve-foot Christus Rex to be permanently displayed at the new church vestibule.

On April 26, The Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr. opened the new facilities of the Church of Our Savior for services and dedicated the Bishop Paul Moore Tower. On November 29, The Right Reverend Richard Grein officially dedicated the church sanctuary and the Bishop Richard F. Grein Community Center.

The Richard F. Grein Jubilee Community Center was established. At the request of the Vestry, Mr. Peter Ng accepted the position of Community Center Director. The Church of Our Savior was privileged enough to be the first Asian American Jubilee Community Center.

Mr. Peter Ng founded ECOSERVE, the computer ministry of the Church of Our Savior.

At the Diocesan Convention, The Right Reverend Richard Grein awarded The Reverend Albany To the Bishop’s Cross in recognition of his distinguished service in the Diocese.

Mr. Tennyson Leung, a parishioner of another Chinese church in the community, together with Mr. Robert Nelson, who started his career in New York City, organized an English-speaking Youth Fellowship called L.I.F.E Fellowship (Living In Faith Everyday). The group attracted youngsters from the neighborhood to the Church of Our Savior and strengthened the bonds of existing youth and young adult members.

 

1993

After twenty years of faithful ministry in Chinatown, The Reverend Albany To retired, leaving the Parish a legacy of powerful lay ministry, which was entirely responsible for the continuing growth and development of the Parish’s ministry for the next ten years.

Mr. Peter Ng assumed the position as Director of Bishop Grein’s Community Center and Parish Manager.

The Reverend Dr. Winston Ching was invited to be the Parish’s Pastoral Consultant, who was to coordinate a Pastoral Team of supply clergy to maintain the Eucharist on Sundays, including The Reverend David Barrie, Brother Clark Berge, SSF, the Reverend Craig Bustrin, The Reverend Barbara Crafton, The Reverend Mary Grambsch, The Reverend Philip Wong, and The Reverend Carmen Guerrero.

The Church of Our Savior and St. Vincent’s Hospital jointly organized the first annual Chinatown Health Fair, thus beginning eleven years of partnership and friendship.

 

1994

The Jubilee Youth Chorale was established in February. Its birth was the realization of a dream for many people, some from the Jubilee Community Center at the Episcopal Church of Our Savior as well as several professional musicians. Under the direction of the ensemble’s first Director and Founder Ms. Celia Ong, Program Director Mr. Peter Ng, and Founding Administrator Tina Chan, young choristers were provided with the opportunity for ensemble music-making, disciplined learning experience and cultural development. Their concert tours included Washington/Virginia (1996), California (1997), and Brazil (2000). In 1999, they sang for America Cancer Society’s fundraising event. They sang for the Consecration Services of Bishop Catherine Roskam (1996) and Bishop Mark Sisk (1998). They also participated in the “1997 A Concert For Peace” and performed in a fundraising concert for National Jubilee Ministry in Denver, Colorado at the 2000 General Convention.

Because of the ESL classes offered through the Jubilee Community Center, teenagers from new immigrant families were introduced to the Church of Our Savior. A Cantonese-speaking fellowship, known as Seed Fellowship, was established to introduce the Christian faith to these new young immigrants.

 

1995

L.I.F.E Fellowship and Seed Fellowship were combined to form Vineyard Fellowship – a bilingual youth fellowship.

 

1997

The Jubilee Preschool started in Spring.

 

1998

The Right Reverend Richard Grein awarded Mr. Peter Ng the Bishop’s Cross at the Diocesan Convention in recognition of his distinguished service to the Parish, the Diocese and the National Church.

The Friday Evening Bible Study group officially started. Sessions were facilitated by members on a rotational basis, with an emphasis on sharing.

The Jubilee Summer School started in the summer.

The Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry Annual Consultation took place in NewYork City. One of the Eucharists was held at the Church of Our Savior, with Bishop Richard Grein as the Chief Celebrant and concelebrated by the then Bishop Coadjutor Mark Sisk, Bishop Walter Dennis, and Bishop E. Don Taylor.

1999

The Reverend Canon Carmen Guerrero led a Summer Parish Retreat at the Warwick Retreat Center in upstate New York. The theme was “Let’s Go!!! Go and Trust, Go and Tell, Go and Do”.

The Diocese of Southwestern Brazil and the Church of Our Savior formed a Companionship.

In November, parishioners Ms. Yun Deng (mezzo-soprano, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera) and Mr. Samuel Cheung (pianist) were joined by the Jubilee Youth Chorale in a benefit recital for St. Margaret’s House at the historical St. Paul’s Chapel on Fulton Street.

The Church of Our Savior joined with the First Chinese Presbyterian Church and the Chinese United Methodist Church in presenting “An Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols” with readers and choirs from three congregations in the neighborhood.

 

2000

Led by The Reverend Mary Grambsch, the Parish Summer Retreat took place at the Warwick Retreat Center. The theme was “Three Cheers: Rejoice, Give Thanks & Pray”.

In order to provide additional space for community outreach programs and church functions, the Vestry decided to expand the number of classrooms and storage space by converting the 2-story high gymnasium into two floors. The construction work began in September of 2000.

 

2001

The Jubilee Community Center ended the Jubilee Preschool ministry.

The Jubilee Community Center started the Gateway Program for adults, offering Computer and English classes. In the Fall, the Jubilee Afterschool Program started for children.

The Summer Parish Retreat took place at the Wainwright House in Rye, NY. The Reverend Dr. Lynn Collins was the keynote speaker. The theme was “Here I Am, Lord – Responding to God’s Call For You”.

On September 11th, Our Savior was opened for people fleeing the collapsing towers of WTC to make phone calls, wash up and pray. Our Savior participated in relief efforts by providing food to relief workers stationing at the Seamen’s Church Institute.

An ecumenical memorial service was held for the victims of the WTC terrorist attack at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church.

 

2002

The Jubilee Community Center established the Jubilee Youth Program, offering after school programs and Saturday classes to assist teenagers in their school work.

The Reverend Charles Chan led the Summer Parish Retreat at the Liebenzell Retreat House in Schooley’s Mountain, New Jersey. The theme was “I Love You Lord – Trusting God In Times of Adversity”.

The First Anniversary Memorial Service for the WTC terrorist attack was held at the Church of Our Savior, joined by the First Chinese Presbyterian Church.

 

2003

On April 26, The Right Reverend Mark Sisk, Bishop of New York, presided at the Celebration of the New Ministry of The Reverend Charles Chan as Priest-In-Charge.

More than 100 children enrolled in the Jubilee Summer Camp. The program was very well-received by parents and students alike.

The 2003 Retreat was canceled because of the major Northeast Blackout.

The Girl Scout Chapter #3056 was established in early October at the Church of Our Savior.

On Sunday, October 26 at four o’clock in the evening, the Church of Our Savior celebrated its blessed thirty years of ministry, service, and witness. The Right Reverend E. Don Taylor was the Principal Celebrant at the Eucharist, joined by The Reverend Winston Ching, The Reverend Franco Kwan, The Reverend Peter Lam, and The Reverend Philip Wong as Con-Celebrants. The Reverend Albany To, Our Savior’s beloved Founding Rector, preached on this special occasion.

During the Anniversary Celebration Banquet, the Church of Our Savior honored three individuals and one service organization. The St. Cecilia’s Award was presented to Ms. Celia Ong for her dedicated service and witness through music.

The St. Ives’ Award was presented to James Lee, Esq. for his professional assistance and unfailing support of the ministry of Our Savior. The St. Luke’s Award was presented to Dr. Ann-Marie Wong for her role in saving the life of Brandon Dorrington during the summer of 2003. The St. Timothy’s Award was presented to the St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan in honor of the partnership in mission and the eleven years of collaboration in organizing the Chinatown Health Fair. The Diocese of New York also presented the Reverend Albany To with a citation, commending him on his many years of service and contribution. The banquet was attended by more than 200 people.

 

2004

December

Sr. Cornelia Ransom, Society of St. Helena leads us in Advent Quiet Day Retreat.

 

2005

January    

1/16 Requiem Mass for Regions in South Asia. The Reverend Charles Chan, Celebrant:  The Venerable Michael Kendall, Archdeacon DNY, Preacher.

February   

2/5 Second time in recent history Our Savior closed for Sunday service – Blizzard.

May 

5/15 Joint service with St. George’s Church, Holy Spirit, Diocese of Long Island. The Right Reverend Richard Shimpfkey Celebrant, The Reverend Charles Chan Preacher.

July 

7/9 Gateway Adult Education Summer Classes begins.

August

8/5 Jubilee Youth Chorale Pre-China Tour Fundraising concert.

8/28 Legal Workshop – The Rights of the Elderly, Planned Giving and Living Will.

September

9/11 Hurricane Katrina – Requiem Mass.  The Reverend Charles Chan, Celebrant and Preacher.

New Fall Saturday programs introduced. Ms. Celia Ong to teach Music Class – Kodály method. Private Voice and Piano lessons offered.

9/24 JYC Fundraising Concert for Victims of Hurricane Katrina, donations sent to Episcopal Charities.

The Reverend Charles Chan leaves to serve Native Americans in various districts, Diocese of North Dakota.

December  

The Reverend Ellen Francis, OSH, Mother Superior assists us on Sundays.

 

2006

April  

Chinese Theological Exchange Exploration Trip April 17 – April 29. Mr. George Man in attendance.

August  

8/6 EAM Joint Service, Church of Our Savior, Manhattan; St. George’s, Flushing; and Holy Spirit, Brooklyn. The Right Reverends Patrick Yu, E. Don Taylor, and Thompson in attendance.

December  

Joint Lessons and Carol Service with Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church, Mott Street.

 

2007 

February  

2/24 JYC girls perform at Trinity Church to welcome International Anglican Delegates to the UNCSW.

May 

Joint Service of three Chinese churches. The Right Reverend Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong Province, visits 5/19-5/20 with The Right Reverend Richard Shimpfky.

June

6/10 Jubilee Youth Chorale – fundraising Concert for Concert Tour of Italy.

July

Jubilee Enrichment Program – Mandarin classes introduced.

September  

9/16 TheReverend Ajung Sojwal, Priest in Charge of Our Savior.

October

10/21 Jubilee Youth Chorale – fundraising Concert for Concert Tour of Italy.

December

12/23 – 12/26 Jubilee Youth Chorale Concert Tour of Italy with performances at The Church of the Gesu, Rome, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Rome and St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

 

2008

February  

The Reverend Ajung Sojwol instituted Weekday Healing Services from Feb. to April (Easter).

June 

Fundraising Concert by the Jubilee Youth Chorale for Earthquake Relief in China.

September

Coin Box Donation towards Mission Outreach.

Our Savior honored The Venerable Michael Kendall, retiring Archdeacon of the Diocese.  Dinner following an Evensong.

 

2009

June – July  

Jubilee Youth Chorale Concert Tour to Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong.

September

Donation for Taiwan natural disaster relief.

9/6 last day for The Reverend Ajung Sojwol.

 

2010

January

The Reverend Mary Grambsch ministered to Our Savior in the interim.

February 

Haiti Relief Fundraising.

August  

Participated in “Men Can Cook”, organized by Church of Good Shepherd, to support Carpenter’s Kids (helping AIDS orphan in Tanzania, spearheaded by The Right Reverend Roskam)

September

The Reverend David Lui, Church of the Incarnation, SF, CA was in residence at Our Savior.

October  

The retirement of Mr. Peter Ng, Director, Jubilee Community Center.

December

Knitting Session (facilitated by Mrs. Vicky Chan and Mrs. Chi-Wa Ko).  Scarves knitted donated to Seaman’s Church Institute for seafarers.

The Reverend Noel Bordador donated on behalf of Our Savior his stipend as supply-priest to Fairview Resurrection Church in Manila, Philippines.

 

2011

January 

New programs offered by Jubilee Community Center: Cooking Class; Public Speaking class, Mandarin Class.

February 

Fundraising for Japan Relief to rebuild 100-year old school elementary school of Nippon Sei Ko Kai.

May

Joint Service with Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry at Church of Good Shepherd.

August 

8/28 third time in church’s history – no Sunday service due to Hurricane Irene.

September

Jubilee Youth Chorale participated in 911 Memorial ad for State Farms.

The Reverend Mary Grambsch became Priest-in-Charge, Zion Church, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

October

Bible Exhibition Trip to DC – Joint project of Episcopal Church Partnership Office for Asia (Mr. Peter Ng, officer) and NY Theological Education Center.

November  

Andrew Dietsche elected to be the next Bishop of New York.

 

2012

January 

Additional money raised for Philippines Typhoon Relief.

March 

The Right Reverend Dietsche consecrated as a Bishop and served as Bishop-Coadjutor until February 2013 when he would be installed as Bishop of New York.

May

5/13 Joint Service of Episcopal Asiamerica Ministry at Good Shepherd.

July  

The sudden passing of Father Winston Ching while traveling. The memorial service in NY was held at Our Savior on September 18, presided by The Right Reverend Catherine Roskam. The Reverend Dr. Fred Vergara was the preacher.  It was attended by over a hundred people, followed by a dinner reception in the parish hall.

November  

Passing of Sister Cornelia Ransom, long time parishioner and mentor at Our Savior, in Georgia from Parkinson’s.

December 

Diocese of New York Gift Card Drive for churches on Staten Island affected by Hurricane Sandy.

 

2013

February  

Phoebe Chen Scholarship established.

2/10 The Right Reverend Dietsche’s first official church visit as our Diocesan Bishop.  Celebration of Chinese New Year.

March

Revered member Mr. Mun King Lee and volunteer archivist for Church of Our Savior passed away on March, 2013.  Mr. Lee was among those who attended St. Christopher’s chapel in the 70’s.  He was instrumental in establishing Our Savior as a Mission Church in the 90’s.  The Conference Room was dedicated in memory of his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Lee, July 1995.  It is now dedicated in both their honor.  Mr. Lee left us with a wall full of photo albums which contains many precious memories of Our Savior through the years.

May  

Fundraising for Si-Chuan Earthquake Relief.

40th Anniversary of EAM, Thomas Chu went as representative of CoOS

October  

10/1 First day for The Reverend Noel Bordador as Priest-in-Charge at Church of Our Savior.
Weekday Morning and Evening Prayer Service started by The Reverend Noel E Bordador.

December 

The Reverend Allen K. Shin elected Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of New York; first Asian American Bishop in the Diocese of New York.

Typhoon Relief for the Phillippines.

 

2014

February

2/2 Celebration of New Ministry for The Reverend Noel Bordador as Priest-in-Charge.  The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche Celebrant.

June 

6/17  Church of Our Savior welcomes the Japanese Convocation for a service.  The Right Reverend Allen Shin Celebrant and Preacher.

July 

7/20 Free Immigration Legal Clinic at Our Savior.

December 

Tan Yue Benefit Concert for Al Ahli Hospital, Gaza, Diocese of Jerusalem. This concert was offered in response to a Diocesan directive by The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche to fundraise for this hospital.

 

2015

January   

Stair lift installed. Mr. George Man in charge of this project.

Mr. & Mrs. Edwin & Doyit Santayana leaves Jubilee Youth Chorale.  Welcome Ms. Julia Potulova as the new choral director.

April   

4/18  The Reverend Albany To, Founding Rector passes away.

May 

The Reverend Ada Wong Nagata, Convener of EAM Chinese Convocation receives her Doctorate of Ministry from Episcopal Divinity School, a joint effort with EAM.

June  

6/17   Memorial Service for The Reverend Albany To, Founding Rector of Church of Our Savior. The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche presiding. The Right Reverend Allen Shin, Preacher. The Memorial Atrium is dedicated in memory of The Reverend To.

Sanctuary Lamp installed in memory of The Reverend Albany S.K. To, Founding Rector.  Blessing Service 8/30.

July

The Right Reverend Michael Curry elected as our next Presiding Bishop.  Our first African American Presiding Bishop.

No Summer Camp this year.

September

9/12  Burial Service for Mr. Alfred Pucay.  The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin Celebrant, The Reverend Canon Winfred Vergara Preacher.  100 in attendance; big reception followed.

 

2016

August  

8/7 New Fire Alarm System installed and blessed.

September 

9/18 Last Service for The Reverend Noel Bordador.  He is returning to the Philippines.

9/24 Church of Our Savior and Trinity Church Wall Street support Tan Yue Chorale’s 911 Memorial Concert – Mass in Time of War at Trinity Wall Street.

October

10/16 First Service for The Reverend Ada Wong Nagata as Priest-in-Charge for Church of Our Savior.

Weekday Morning Service on Tuesday and Thursday continue, Evening Chatting time with parents of JEP started.

November

Mr. & Mrs. Peter and Vicky Chan donates the Advent Wreath and Stand.

December

The Reverend Dr. Ada Wong Nagata, Priest-in-Charge was named Honorary Canon of Saint Paul Cathedral Center, Diocese of Los Angeles at the annual Diocesan Convention.

 

2017

January 

Mr. & Mrs. DeYoung and Adela Chan donate the Gospel book and Brass holder.

February

2/18 Celebration of New Ministry for The Rev. Canon Dr. Ada Wong Nagata as Priest-in-Charge.  The Right Reverend Andrew Dietsche, Celebrant. The Right Reverend Allen Shin, Preacher.

As part of the Celebration of New Ministry service for our Priest in Charge, the bishops also rededicate the community center as Ah Foo Jubilee Community Center – in Recognition of Ah Foo, a missioner who created the first mission church in Carson City, Nevada.

April  

Retirement Party for Mr. Peter Ng, Asian Pacific Partnership Officer, The Episcopal Church sponsored by Church of Our Savior, Diocese of New York, Diocese of Long island, Asia Pacific Partnership Office, and Episcopal Asiamerican Ministries Office.