Blessed Sacrament Church (Bronx)

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The Church of the Blessed Sacrament
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Blessed Sacrament Church
General information
Architectural styleGothic Revival (for church-school) / Modernist (for second school)
Town or citySoundview, the Bronx, New York City
CountryUnited States
Construction started1928 (for church-school)
1955 (for second school)
Completed1929 (for church-school)
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Technical details
Structural systemMasonry stone (for church-school), brick (for second school)

The Church of the Blessed Sacrament is a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at Beach Avenue and Gleason Avenue, Soundview, the Bronx, New York City. The parish was established in 1927.[1][2] It was merged into the parish of the Holy Family in 2015.

Holy Family[edit]

The Parish of the Holy Family was established in 1896, from St. Raymond's Church. A frame church in Gothic style was built in 1898, followed by a rectory in 1904. The parish school was established in 1913.[3]


  • Fr. Joseph Mechler, 1896-1903
  • Fr. John de Krom, 1903-1906
  • Fr. E. Heinlein, 1906-1907
  • Fr. Augustine Stehle, 1907-1912
  • Fr. Urban Nageleisen, 1912-

Blessed Sacrament[edit]


Blessed Sacrament Church was founded in 1927 from the parish of the Holy Family. The Gothic Revival church was dedicated by Cardinal Hayes on September 29, 1929.[4] Holy Family is located in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx.

In 2015 Blessed Sacrament Parish was merged with the Parish of the Holy Family.[5]


Like many other parish churches with parochial schools in this city, the built structure is a combination with the church on the ground floor and school classrooms above. The cornerstone for the combined structures is dated 1928. It was completed in 1929.[2] An additional brick schoolhouse has a cornerstone dated 1955.[2] The rectory address is 1170 Beach Avenue, Bronx NY 10472.[2]

Blessed Sacrament Parish School[edit]

The school was founded around 1929. "Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 55, was a student at Blessed Sacrament in the 1960s, attending kindergarten through eighth grade at the Catholic school and graduating at the top of the class of 1968."[6] She was the valedictorian and had a near-perfect attendance record.[7][8][9] "It would seem that the school has 40 or 50 students per grade."[2]

St. John Vianney[edit]

The parish of St. John Vianney was founded in 1949. The parish school closed in 2011.


  1. ^ See Thomas J. Shelley, The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History, (New York: Archdiocese of New York / Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007), p.484, 486.
  2. ^ a b c d e Joe McMahon, Bronx Catholic "Blessed Sacrament, Beach Ave., Soundview", June 8, 2009, "This is an attempt to index references to The Bronx in "The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History," (Retrieved May 12, 2011)
  3. ^ Lafort, Remigius. The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X, Catholic editing Company, 1914, p. 385 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Blessed Sacrament Church", NYC AGO
  5. ^ Timothy Cardinal Dolan. "Decree on the Merger of the Parish of the Holy Family, Bronx, NY, the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament, Bronx, NY and the Parish of St. John Vianney, Bronx, NY", November 2, 2014}
  6. ^ Fernandez, Manny (July 15, 2009). "The Children at the Judge's Bronx School". The New York Times. New York. pp. A23. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  7. ^ Shallwani, Pervaiz (May 27, 2009). "Resident in Sotomayor's old Bronx apartment feels pride". Newsday. Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  8. ^ "The President's Nominee: Judge Sonia Sotomayor" (Press release). The White House. May 26, 2009. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  9. ^ Daly, Michael (May 28, 2009). "Dreams live on at Sotomayor's old school, Blessed Sacrament in the Bronx". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on June 7, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009.

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Coordinates: 40°49′47″N 73°51′56.38″W / 40.82972°N 73.8656611°W / 40.82972; -73.8656611