Jersey City – St. Boniface

By | August 9, 2011

St. Boniface was established to serve the once-flourishing German community of downtown Jersey City. A modest-sized, simple, and attractive Gothic Revival building, the church was opened in 1866.

In 1894, a new main altar was erected, and, in 1896, magnificent stained glass windows fabricated by the Tyrolean Stained Glass Company of Innsbruck, Austria, were installed. Steeples were added to the facade in 1897 but, due to structural problems, the upper portions were removed in 1928. In 1897, bells from a manufacturer in St. Louis, Missouri, were placed in the steeples.

The church was redecorated in 1900 and a new communion rail was placed in the church in 1903. In 1913, the church was again redecorated and electric lighting replaced the original gas lighting. Further redecoration took place in 1938 and 1955 but the church retained its original appearance until it was closed in 2006.

St. Boniface Building History

1866 - 2006

In 1996, St. Boniface became part of the Parish of the Resurrection.
In 2006, the church was closed.
Its stained glass windows have been repurposed and restored and now are in a mausoleum in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City

  • Architectural Style: Gothic Revival
  • Fabricator of Windows: Tyrolean Stained Glass Co., Innsbruck, Austria
  • Bells: St. Louis MO
  • Current Status: Closed
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9 Comments

Robert Wister on April 11, 2020 at 4:17 pm.

You may contact the archdiocesan archivist, Brianna LoSardo at 973-761-9126.
Better, in this time of chaos, email at Briana.LoSardo@rcan.org

Elaine McDowell on April 11, 2020 at 3:43 pm.

Hello. Could you please tell me where the records for Saint Boniface are stored now that the church has closed?

Elaine McDowell on April 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm.

Hello. Could you please tell me where the records for Saint Boniface are stored now that the church has closed? I am searching for my grandfather’s baptismal record from 1909, his brother’s from 1895, christening records for the children in between those years who were baptized but did not survive. I also believe that my great-grandparents were married there in 1894-1895. Also, would a record be available showing the funerals for my great-grandparents, which were conducted at St. Boniface? This church provided so much spiritual sustenance for them. Could you please tell me where to address my questions? thank you so much.

John ONeill on September 10, 2019 at 3:47 pm.

Hi

I am trying to confirm if my great, great uncle was the pastor of St. Boniface in the early 1900’s He was Bernard Terwoert. He would have been my Great Grandmother’s brother and was born in Germany.

Thank you

John O’Neill

Yesica arbaiza on July 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm.

Necesito saber como obtener la fe de bautismo de mi hija .

Steve Bartley on June 15, 2018 at 4:49 am.

Baltimore German Language Newspaper- Der Deutsche Correspondent
Nov 15, 1870 pg2 announced a new pipe organ for St. Boniface Church, built by the famous Baltimore organ builder August Pomplitz.
A few details are given. 24′ tall x 17′ wide x 10-1/2 deep, 18 registers, 2 keyboards, pedal board of 2 octaves of keys. Pomplitz came to Baltimore, from Germany, in 1851-52 and set up shop at E Pratt St & Albermarle st. His many organs were built primarily for Maryland installations, towns in the south and west of the US. It is unusual for a New Jersey church to have purchased one, though it may have been through a German connection. Pomplitz organs are known for their bright and powerful tone.

Gloria Wulffen on March 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm.

I need my marry certificate I was marry on 01-11-1975

Nilda Sanchez on February 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm.

Hi my daughter was baptized at St. Boniface in 1989. I missed place her baptism certificate. I need to know where I can get a copy of her Baptism Certificate..

Ruth Nees on September 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm.

I am trying to find a record of my great-grandparent’s marriage. I believe two of their children were christened at Saint Boniface, in 1876, and I know they were married in 1866, the year the church opened. Can you tell me where the records from the church are now stored, and how I can find the information I am looking for?

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