The Emmaus Center sits above the Sts. Peter and Paul-Epiphany parish church in the historic and newly renovated Williamsburg Opera House as part of a deliberate evangelization strategy to bring people to the Catholic faith through art.

The Brooklyn Diocese has launched a new endeavor for neighborhood evangelization that fuses a new Catholic parish with a performing arts center — all located in an historic opera house. St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, part of Epiphany parish, was established on the first floor of the Williamsburg Opera House, and now, with renovations complete, its performing arts center, the Emmaus Center, made its grand opening on Dec. 13.

Matt Maher and Danny Rodriguez headlined the “Spirit of Christmas” concert in the Emmaus Center’s 600-seat theater that now sits atop the church and is just the beginning of the evangelizing outreach to the community.

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