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City Priests

By Sheridan Smith

December 1st, 2021

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Since the year it was founded in 1624, New York City has been home to churches spanning many Christian denominations as testaments to the architectural, religious, and cultural history of the city. 


As someone who grew up catholic and lives in New York City, I find city churches fascinating because they symbolize a paradox of sorts. 

Through a series of portraits and interviews with Father Ed Cimbala from Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church as well as Pastor Jacob Smith from Saint George’s Parish of Calvary, this project presents a window into a unique liminal space found in New York City; between the sacred and the secular. 

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