This Day in Brooklyn Catholic History

On this day in 1887, the first Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg section. It was the second Italian parish founded in Brooklyn, the first being Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Carroll Gardens, in 1882. Still a center of Italian American life in Brooklyn, for over a century [Read More...]

Must Love Dogs…

…At least if you attend this school! Since 1908, St. Pancras School has offered a quality Catholic education to children in the Glendale section of Queens, arguably New York City’s last German neighborhood. The current school building went up under Monsignor Herman J. “Doc” Pfeifer, longtime pastor of St. Pancras (1930-1964). In this mosaic, located [Read More...]

This Day in Brooklyn Catholic History

Today marks the dedication in 1854 of St. Boniface Church, downtown Brooklyn. A participant sent in this account of the church dedication to the Freeman’s Journal, a local Catholic paper: Brooklyn, Feb. 8th, 1854 To the Editors of the New York Freeman’s Journal: Messrs. Editors: In your last weekly number mention is made of the [Read More...]