As part of the renewal of the church, the friars believe that the liturgy is the foundation of the faith community. One essential aspect of liturgy is having the highest quality music possible to help us lift our voices and prayers to God. Because of this, the friars have engaged the services of Gluck Pipe Organs of New York to assist in bringing our Organ back to life. Under the direction of Sebastian Gluck this magnificent instrument will once again sing God’s praises.
The original organ was installed in the Church in 1912. It served the community until it was rebuilt and upgraded in 1931. In 1931 our current organ was installed. This organ served the community of Holy Family Church until the early 1990’s. At this time the organ began to decay at such a rate it could no longer function properly. When it was constructed in 1931, it was comprised of miles of led based pneumatic tubbing which controlled almost every aspect of the organ. Over time the seals, and gaskets wear out, and need replacing. Over more time, the tubes themselves wear out and need replacing. As part of the repair, this antiquated system of tubes will be replaced with an all electrical action. This upgrade will ensure the functioning of the organ for the next 100 years.
The restoration is made possible in part through a generous donation of pipes from the Episcopal Church of the Accession on Kent St., Greenpoint. In addition to that donation, there have been many generous gifts from the friends of the Mission, and the former Holy Family Church. While this organ will be used for church services on a regular basis, it will also serve as the jewel in the crown of the arts programming at the Mission. It is our desire that once completed the organ will played and enjoyed by the neighborhood at community functions, concerts, and events held in the Mission Church.
While we are well on our way we still need your help!
We are hoping that you share our love music and would consider making a gift to support the renovation. All gifts are tax deductible, and are greatly appreciated regardless of size.
If you wish to donate please send your donation to:
The San Damiano Mission, 21 Nassau Ave. Brooklyn NY 11222
Please continue to watch our website for updates on the project.