Choosing a Catholic High School

Today’s Catholic New York has a special section, beginning on page 15, describing the Catholic High Schools of the Archdiocese of New York, including thirteen high schools in The Bronx.  Please use this link and flip to page 15.—For a full explanation of the Test for Admission to Catholic High School, please go to tachsinfo.comRegistration […]

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Merger of St. Clare of Assisi and St. Francis Xavier parishes

Effective today, September 1, 2018, is the merger of two parishes less than a half-mile apart on Hone and Haight Avenues in the Morris Park section of The Bronx. The records held at St. Francis Xavier parish will be moved to the rectory of St. Clare of Assisi. The merger is somewhat unusual because the […]

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Religated to profane use, 2017 and 2018

Churches closed and readied for sale.Saint Anthony, Wakefield, Bronx, May 2018. It was said that the pastor donated much to this Italian national parish.Our Lady of Grace, Bronxwood Avenue and East 226 St., Bronx, May, 2018.St. John Vianney, Castle Hill Avenue, May, 2018. Francis Cardinal Spellman several times overestimated the number of Catholics entering Housing […]

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Mergers 2018 with two or three churches open

St. Clare of Assisi and St. Francis Xavier in Morris Park, Bronx, effective 9.1.2018.St. John the Evangelist, Pawling, and St. Charles Borromeo, Dover Plains, both in Dutchess County, effective 9.1.2018.Sacred Heart and St. Francis of Assisi, Newburgh, effective July 1, 2018.St. Mary, St. Joseph, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Poughkeepsie, with 3 churches open, effective […]

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St. Roch on Wales Avenue is reduced to profane use, up for sale

In the summer of 2018, I am catching up with neglected posts.  On November 30, 2017, the archdiocese posted this notice that the church of St. Roch has been reduced to profane, but not sordid, use.  That is, after the sacred objects are removed, confessionals, for example, the building is for sale.—The Archbishop merged this […]

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Ursuline Academy, Grand Concourse

In the approximate years 1902-1959, a girls’ school, Ursuline Academy, stood on high ground on the southeast corner of East 165th Street and the Grand Concourse. The same congregation of religious sisters that ran the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula in Bedford Park also taught in this school.A photograph from the New York Public Library […]

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Choosing a Catholic High School

The Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools is accepting applicants now.  Parents are urged to look at this information site (link here)  and read each of the links in the left-hand column.  You may have to print out some of the forms and directions. The list of schools is posted sideways on the PDF, so printing […]

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Decrees of Relegation. June 30, 2017

The archbishop has signed decrees relegating certain churches of the archdiocese for profane, not sordid, use. This canonically clears the way for their sale or lease. The list is linked HERE and may disappear soon from the archdiocesan website. Note that this list of properties “up for sale” is limited to churches. Properties other than churches […]

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Fordham University

See pages 359, 360 and 386 for the foundation of St John’s College in 1841 and the transfer of its administration to Jesuits in 1846. Somewhere I have read that the name “Fordham” referred rather to an estate along the Harlem River and that Rose Hill, the 106-acre purchase made by Bishop Hughes in 1839, […]

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