At the turn of the century, immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires settled in and around Elmira, NY. They worked in local foundries, textile mills, iron works and the US Steel Bridge works. Initially they worshipped with other Slavic people at the Ukrainian Church on 14th street which was served by clergy sent from Binghamton, NY. Over time, the community grew and Holy Trinity was founded as a separate parish in 1916. Due to the great sacrifice of the parishioners, the church building and rectory were completed in a very short time.

The original building served its community until the 1980’s when a new church was constructed at the present Horseheads Boulevard location.
In 2016, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Holy Trinity Parish, the Parish Council under the leadership of Archpriest Jason Kappanadze undertook a major beautification project to adorn the entire nave in iconography and to complete the formal consecration of the Holy Altar and Temple.  
In October 2016 the Rite of Consecration was celebrated by His Eminance, Archbichop Michael, Archbishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey along with Deanry Clergy, thus solidifying the Parish for the next 100 years of Ministry to the greater Southern Fingerlakes Region of New York.

Former Parish Priest's

1916 - 1923:  Archpriest Timothy Berkey

1923 -1940:   Archpriest Nicholas Gress

1940 - 1949:  Archpriest Theodore Shevchuk

1949 - 1957:  Archpriest Damian Krehel 

1957 - 1963:  Archpriest Theodore Shevchuk 

1963 - 1970:  Archpriest John Klutchko 

Priest Boris Vlasenko 

1973- 1980: Archpriest Samuel Sulich 

1980-1999:  Archpriest Joseph Chupeck 

2000-2017: Archpriest Jason Kappanadze 

2017-2019: Archpriest Timothy Holowatch (Interim) 

2019 to Current: Archpriest David Cowan 

Services are in English.

A Fellowship Hour follows the Divine Liturgy on Sundays.

Guests are more than welcome to attend the Divine Services and all parish activities.

A Eucharistic Community


"Thine own of Thine own, we offer unto Thee, on behalf of all and for all."


"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you." —Jesus the Christ in the Gospel of St. John, 6:53

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