At the turn of the century, when faced with a crumbling and stripped-down former convent building at All Saints, Williamsburg, then-pastor Father Donald Kenna, could have shown interest in the proposal to convert the property into a fitness center.
As Italian Catholics from throughout the diocese gathered for their annual heritage celebration, it was St. Therese Little Flower who led the way.
Father John Maduri, pastor of Most Precious Blood, invited young men from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, to live in the former convent building.
The parish and the state eventually agreed that the best use would be to provide a loving home for people with developmental disabilities who were being moved out of Willowbrook State School.
At the old convent building at St. Finbar, Bensonhurst, where nuns once prayed and worked, children now learn and play.
People of Bushwick came together Sept. 9 to elevate the name of one of their own, who died last year, and honor her legacy as a hero of the community.
St. Mary’s Nativity and St. Ann combined to form one parish in 2012. The merger not only left the parish with two worship sites, but also with two convent buildings.
As Colombia prepares to welcome Pope Francis amidst implementing a delicate peace accord, Colombians in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens have faith that the visit will foster peace.
Bishop Alfonso Cabezas, C.M., has worked as missionary most of his life, first in his native Colombia, then in Africa and New York.
This was the motherhouse of the so-called “Walking Sisters” for 146 years. It was also where the order cared for the most vulnerable of the then-poor, mostly Irish-immigrant community. The beautiful complex, complete with a chapel adorned with stained-glass windows and a beautiful garden evoking tranquility was also once home to hundreds of orphans cared for by the Sisters.