Month: March 2009

St Raymond parish, Westchester or Parkchester

St. Raymond’s church is on East Tremont Avenue at Castle Hill Avenue.  This view looks south.  See page 171 for an account of the founding of St. Raymond Parish in 1842 by Father Felix Vilanis, “who had been the first rector of St Joseph’s Seminary in Fordham two years earlier.” Page 141 has an old […]

St Barnabas, Woodlawn

To the left of the steps, one can detect the door to a new elevator connecting street level with both the upper and lower churches. In this photo, Martha Avenue, going north, is at the left, and the next building is in the city of Yonkers. To the right is East 241 Street, Bronx, with […]

Our Lady of Solace, Morris Park Avenue, Van Nest

The church faces busy Morris Park Avenue. To the right is the intersection with Holland Avenue. The parish schools of Our Lady of Solace parish and St. Dominic have closed. The religious education program of both parishes is apparently conducted in this building at the corner of Morris Park Avenue and Holland Avenue.—–See page 481 […]

St Dominic, Unionport Road, Van Nest

Above the entrance, “Domine, dilexi decorem domus tuae.” Lord, I have loved the beauty of your house (Psalm 26). A allusion to the name Dominic may be intended. You may click on any photo to enlarge it.The above photo looks north on Unionport Road to Morris Park Avenue.See pages 482 and 483 for St Dominic’s […]

Our Lady of Grace, Bronxwood Ave, Wakefield

In mid-2015, the archbishop announced that Mass would no longer be offered in Our Lady of Grace church on a regular basis.  The parish is merged with that of St. Frances of Rome.  The school remains open. This sculpture of Mary and Jesus, created by Sister Angelica Ballan, was originally outside Misericordia Hospital on East […]

St Clare, Rhinelander Ave., Morris Park

Effective September 1, 2018, the records of the parish of St. Francis Xavier will be brought to this parish.  The merger is effective today, and both churches will remain in use.Clicking on any photo enlarges it.In the above photo, the church and school are seen on Rhinelander Avenue. The one-way-southbound street to the left is […]

St Francis Xavier, Van Nest Ave., Morris Park

See 484 and 486 for St Francis Xavier, founded in Morris Park in 1928. The parish patron, Francis Xavier, was born in Spain in 1506. He became one of the first Jesuits and a missionary to India and Japan, dying on route to China in 1552. Brief biographies of St. Francis Xavier are linked here […]