The Church of The Ascension has been the Episcopal presence in the Village of Rockville Centre since 1885. As a parish of the Diocese of Long Island, we are part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, a faith which combines elements of both the Catholic and Reformed traditions.
It was in 1885 when Sylvester Gildersleeve and Francis Wilson undertook the project of securing Episcopal services for the fledgling village of Rockville Centre. Having received permission from the Right Reverend Abraham N. Littlejohn, first Bishop of the Diocese of Long Island, the two gentlemen secured Institute Hall for use for Divine Worship, and furnished it with seats and an organ. Not only did Bishop Littlejohn approve this movement as a mission for the diocese, he also responded generously to an appeal by Mrs. Wilson, making it possible for the mission to secure furniture, prayer books and hymnals.