Who We Are
Let the Light of Christ Lead You Here
The Church of the Holy Spirit is a Roman Catholic church serving East Greenbush, NY and the surrounding community. Through our adherence to the two pillars of Cathlolic faith, sacred scripture and sacred tradition we strive to embody the gospel message and live according to His will. Our misson is summarized in the two great commandments spoken by our Lord, Jesus Christ:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 30-31
The Church of the Holy Spirit was founded in 1923—the first East Greenbush parish. Beginning with 50 founding parishioners, today Holy Spirit Church includes more than 1,200 families residing in East Greenbush. Our beginning was modest—starting in the Hysermann family living room to rented quarters in the Grange Hall, the parish grew to enable the purchase of property from the Elliott farm and the building of our church in the early Romanesque style. Bishop Gibbons approved the petition for the Holy Spirit Church and named Fr. John Fox as pastor. Rev. Fox, previously assistant at St. Peter’s Church in Saratoga Springs, NY, made an immediate impact and grew the parish from 50 to 455 in 15 years. According to a local historian, Rev. Fox’s “outlook and activities recognize no barrier of color, creed or racial origin.” Today, Holy Spirit continues Rev. Fox’s tradition of welcoming all to the church.