Founded in 1787 by the Jesuits, Holy Trinity is the oldest parish and church in continuous operation in Washington, DC. In 1794, the first church building (the present-day chapel) was completed and the first Mass was celebrated. Today, more than 4,500 families are registered as parishioners and worship together at Holy Trinity.
In 2019, we are celebrating 225 Years of Parishioners for Others and 225 years of that first Mass at Holy Trinity.
Could Bishop John Carroll and Rev. Francis Neale, S.J. know what Holy Trinity would become 225 years ago? Did they imagine a robust church community with 101 ministries, groups, programs and committees? Could they envision a gathering of 2,500 faithful each week at seven Sunday Masses? Could Rev. Benedict Fenwick, S.J. see to 2018 when his “Free School for Boys” had transformed into a school with 343 students? Could our early spiritual leaders truly imagine a community of students, alums, and parishioners fully engaged with their neighborhood, region, and the world?
We invite you to be a part of the celebration!
225th Anniversary Events
May 18, 2019: Jesuit Tour of Maryland Sites (reservation required)
June 15, 2019: Trinity Weekend - Power of One
June 16, 2019: Trinity Weekend - Annual Parish Picnic
October 5, 2019: Founder's Day Celebration Kicks Off with a performance of "Mystery on Holy Hill"
Auditions for Mystery on Holy Hill
As part of Founder’s Day, we are performing the play Mystery on Holy Hill October 5 at 7pm and October 6 at 4pm. The play traces the 225 years of Holy Trinity’s history and includes roles for children and adults ranging in ages from 12 to 70+. Auditions will be held May 29 in two sessions: 3:30-6:00pm or 6:30-8:30pm, both in McKenna Hall. Dialogue from the script will be available to read. If you are interested in learning more or joining the crew, please email HT225@trinity.org.
October 6, 2019: Founder's Day
Join us for an Anniversary Mass at 11am, followed by lectures and activities for the entire family on campus from 12-4pm. Volunteers and sponsors are needed. For more information, please contact Ashley Klick at firstname.lastname@example.org