Month: March 2008

Santa Maria, St. Raymond Ave., Westchester Square

Above, Santa Maria church on St. Raymond Avenue.  Parker Street is at the right side of the building. Zerega Avenue and the school is to the left.  For the Mass schedule, please see the parish website. See pages 484 and 485 for the 1926 foundation of the parish of Santa Maria at St. Raymond Avenue […]

St Benedict, Otis Avenue, Throgs Neck

The church steps face Otis Avenue. Just one block west is busy East Tremont Avenue. At the rear of the church (the north side, that is) a trench carries the traffic of Interstate 95, here called the Bruckner Expressway. Terence Cardinal Cooke (1921-1983) hailed from this parish twenty or more years before the highways arrived.See […]

St Ann, Bainbridge Avenue, Gun Hill

Both the school and church in this post are now closed (2017).—See pages 478 and 478 for the 1927 creation of the parish of St. Ann on Bainbridge Avenue, just north of Gun Hill Road. Inside the door, another set of stairs leads up to the church. Higher up is the school. Several Bronx parishes […]

Our Lady of Pity, East 151 St., Melrose

See pages 476 and 467 for the Italian parish of Our Lady of Pity (Madonna del Suffragio) on East 151 Street near Morris Ave., Melrose. Founded in 1908, “the parish is now (2007) closed.”

Our Lady of Victory, Webster Avenue, Tremont

On January 29, 2012, the parishioners of Our Lady of Victory welcomed the faithful in procession from St. Augustine’s parish, closed that day and merged with Our Lady of Victory. —-Webster Avenue proceeds north at the left of this 2008 photo. The rectory is the shorter building at the left. Maybe classrooms are above the church, […]

Hugh J. Grant

See page 385 for a reference to Hugh J. Grant, a New York mayor (1889-1892), the second Catholic mayor of New York. In 1911, a year after he died, the circle at East 177 Street and Westchester Avenue was named after him.

St Joseph’s Hospital, Mott Haven

See page 382 for a photo of St Joseph’s Hospital for Tuberculosis Patients (or Consumptives) founded by the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis in 1882. The location seems to have been on Brook Avenue between East 143 St and East 144 St. In the 1960’s, my grandmother was a patient at St. Francis […]

Catholic Protectory

See pages 362 for references to the Catholic Protectory on the 114-acre site of what is now Parkchester. That property was purchased in 1865 and sold to Metropolitan Life about 1938. For seventy or seventy-five years, the Sisters of Charity (Mother Seton’s congregation) staffed the girls’ division and the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De […]

St John’s College and 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, […]

St. John, Kingsbridge

As of August 1, 2015, Visitation parish was merged St. John’s, both churches being in Kingsbridge, The Bronx.  Masses, other worship, and sacraments will be celebrated at St. John’s, not at Visitation.  The 2015 Official Catholic Directory gave the enrollment at St. John’s School as 224, Visitation 216, but Visitation School closed in 2017.—The church […]