Religion: Trowels

Choir boys chanted, Bishop Manning intoned, candles flickered. Six workmen rapped their trowels and set to work on a $250,000 baptistry. Thus was resumed the building of St. John the Divine, Manhattan, begun 30 years ago. The cost will be $15,000,000 of which $5,000,000 has been spent. Another decade will complete it, said the Bishop.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!