Houses of Worship in the USVI
We encourage visitors of every denomination and any belief system to enjoy our islands.
Holy Cross Catholic Church
Originally built in 1755, Holy Cross was extensively altered in the 1850s. It was built in the shape of a cross to represent St. Croix which means “holy cross” in French. It is located on Queen Street in Christiansted. 340-773-7564. www.holycrosscatholicchurch.org
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
This simple church was built in 1792 to replace an earlier wood structure built in 1766. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located on Hospital and Hill Street in Frederiksted. 340-772-3658.
Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church
Built in the 1740s, the Lutheran Church is St. Croix’s oldest church. Originally the Dutch Reformed Church, it was transferred to the Lutherans in 1834. Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church is located on King Street in Christiansted. 340-773-1320.
The Moravian Mission at Friedensthal
This mission is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was established in the mid 1700s by Germans who named the area Estate Friedensthal which translates to “valley of peace” in German. It originally served as a church and a plantation.
St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church
Built in 1848 to meet the rising expectation of Emancipation, the church expanded shortly after construction to accommodate a growing congregation. Built from local cut limestone, the west entry façade has elements of both Gothic Revival and Neo-Classical style. St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church is located on Prince and Market Street in Frederiksted. 340-772-0138.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Anglican Church
This hybrid church combines an 1812 West Indian hipped roof structure featuring classical and local details with a Neo-Gothic, three-tiered tower built in 1848. St. Paul’s Anglican Church is located on Prince Street in Frederiksted. 340-772-0818. www.stpaulstxvi.org
Nazareth Lutheran Church
Nestled in downtown Cruz Bay lies the charming Nazareth Lutheran Church. Although the latest structure was built in 1958, this congregation has served the community of St. John with 300 years of peace.
Cathedral Church of All Saints
Built in 1848 from stone quarried on the island, this church has thick, arched window frames lined with yellow brick that was used as ballast aboard ships. The church was built in celebration of the end of slavery.
Address: 3 Domini Gade, Garden Street, St. Thomas.
Frederick Lutheran Church
Located steps away from Main Street, this church was the official church of the Danish West Indies. The building went up in 1793 and replaced two earlier buildings that were destroyed by fire. It has since been refurbished. 340-776-1315
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral
Completed in 1848, this stunning cathedral serves as the seat of the Territory’s Roman Catholic Diocese. Mural paintings on the ceiling and walls depict more than 12 major scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Presently undergoing restoration, the Cathedral is open daily for services and welcomes visitors of all faiths. Complimentary tours available by appointment. 340-774-0201 / www.catholicvi.com
St. Thomas Reformed Church
Established around 1660, this church has the oldest congregation in the Virgin Islands. Organized by Dutch traders as the St. Thomas Protestant Reformed Dutch Church, early services were held in Fort Christian. The first church was built in the mid-1670s and remained in use until at least 1731. In the 1740s a new church was built on Snegle Gade, which burned in 1804, two years before the replacement was again destroyed by a fire in 1806. When the islands were transfered from Danish rule to the United States, the baccalaureate service for the transfer was held at the St. Thomas Reformed Church as it was identified as the American church in the Danish West Indies. Today, visitors can attend worship services on Sundays at 10:00 AM with Rev. Jeffrey Neevel.
Address: Located at the corner of Nye Gade & Crystal Gade (3 1/2 blocks in from the waterfront, in the historic district of Charlotte Amalie)
Phone: (340) 776-8255
St. Thomas Synagogue
Known officially as Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim, the synagogue in St Thomas is the oldest in continuous use under the American flag and the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. This synagogue is an architectural and historical gem in the middle of the Caribbean. The sand-covered floors are a carryover of the congregation’s Sephardic tradition. In 1997 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark. Weibel Museum, which is adjacent to the Synagogue, showcases over 200 years of Jewish life in St. Thomas. Visitors of all faiths are welcome to experience the simple and stately interior of this National Historic Landmark. 340-774-4312 http://synagogue.vi/