|West Point Catholic Chapel|
|Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity|
|Location|| United States Military Academy |
West Point, New York
|Founder(s)||Monsignor Cornelius O'Keefe|
|Archdiocese||Military Services, USA|
|Priest(s)||Father Wood (d. 2014)|
|Pastor(s)||CH (CPT) Bernardino Yebra|
|Chaplain(s)|| CH (COL) Matthew Pawlikowski|
retired (USMA chaplain)
|Director of music||Emily Lapisardi|
The Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity at the United States Military Academy is a Catholic church and place of worship for many members of the United States Military Academy Corps of Cadets. Completed in 1900, it is the oldest chapel on the West Point campus in continual use,although the 1836 Old Cadet Chapel, moved in 1910 to West Point Cemetery, is still in use for funeral services and weekly Lutheran denominational services. Most Holy Trinity Chapel was expanded in 1959.
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