Saint Nicholas Church
Founded by the Romanians of New York
"..in the Holy Scripture, prophet David says: “If God the Lord
builds not the house,The builders do their work in vain. If over the city
God watch not, The watcher vigil keeps in vain. (Psalm 126)."
Indeed, in the life of people nothing is done without God's help. He gives us the health and ability in every little thing we do. This is why the Romanians, whenever they embark on an endeavour in life, they say "Doamne-ajuta!" ("God, help us!"). With this thought we started as well, priest and believers, when we planned to have a church in Woodside, Queens, in 1984. Nobody could say that they gave everything. We all gave everything, all together! I cannot forget the gift made by an old widow Valentina, who every Sunday gave 20 dollars. It was the gift of the widow, which our Savior Himself appreciated:
"When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, "I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood."
(Luke, 21, 1-4)
Saint Nicholas Church from Woodside is the achievement of the whole Romanian community from this region of New York City.
( from "Spiritual Revivals" by Fr. Dr. Vasile Vasilachi)
Archbishop Victorin approved, during the meeting of April 10, 1974, the request to build an orthodox parish in New York, who would be under the jurisdiction of the Romanian Archiepiscopate of America and Canada. After the approval, father Nicolae Barsan was transferred from Philadelphia to New York. On January 19, 1976, we obtained the Certificate of Incorporation from Albany, New York, of the St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church New York. In the beginning, the Divine Liturgy was held in a chapel rented from a Presbyterian church, in Manhattan.
Fr. Vasile Vasilachi (left) and Archbishop Victorin in our church.
In 1984, Archbishop Victorin appoints Dr. Vasile Vasilachi as priest to St. Nicholas Church. Once he arrived in New York, and with the help of the parishioners, a building was bought in Woodside, at 45-03, 48th avenue, whose cost was $85,000. The whole sum was paid off by parishioners in 6 years. The Church was consecrated on December 9th, 1984 by Archbishop Victorin.
The present, between past and future...
...and on this foundation, here we are, the parishioners of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, having Rev. Fr. Protos. Ioan Casian as our priest, serving God for the good of the Romanian believers of yesterday, of today, and of always.