Feast Day of Our Lady of Velankanni Renews Hard-Hit Community

The usual peace and quiet of a Sunday afternoon on 217th St., between 92nd and 93rd avenues, in this Queens neighborhood was anything but on Sept. 12. Instead, it was transformed by the colorful and boisterous sights and sounds of a popular Indian Marian devotion: the celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Velankanni, also known as Our Lady of Good Health.

View from the Pew-Our Lady of Lourdes Church

Even before Carmen Cruz set foot in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, she felt a connection to the parish. When Cruz and her husband, William, moved to Queens Village in 1973, they purchased a house across the street from the church.

Marian Devotion in Queens Village

Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens Village held a procession to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Velankanni (Our Lady of Good Health), known as “the Lourdes of the East,” a growing Marian devotion in our diocese, on Sept. 8.

Our Lady of Velankanni

Some 700 faithful came to Our Lady of Lourdes parish to celebrate the feast of “The Lourdes of the East” – Our Lady of Velankanni. It was a celebration of the diocese’s growing Indian Catholic community.

New CYO Hall of Famers Practiced Values of Sport

The fifth annual Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Hall of Fame ceremony recognized 10 deserving individuals who dedicated their lives to youth sports in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

Eileen M. Coen

Eileen M. Coen, 96, died on Feb. 28. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes, Queens Village, from 1924 to 1986. She was active in the Rosary and altar society and participated in a number of parish theater productions in the 1970s.

OL Lourdes Academy in Queens Village Is Closing

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy, Queens Village, will close at the end of this academic year. The announcement was made in a letter to parents, saying the action was being taken with “deep regret and profound sadness.”