Holy Cross Church (Bronx)

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Holy Cross Church
Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Bronx IMG 2572 HLG.jpg
Coordinates: 40°49′4″N 73°51′42.4″W / 40.81778°N 73.861778°W / 40.81778; -73.861778
LocationSoundview, The Bronx, New York City
CountryUnited States
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Founded1921 (1921)
Architect(s)Brother Cajetan Baumann, O.F.M.[1][2]
Architectural typeModern architecture
ParishHoly Cross
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of New York
Pastor(s)Fr. John J. Higgins
Deacon(s)Rev. Mr. James Anthony Bello, Rev. Mr. Luís Torres
RCIA coordinatorMrs. Jane Arce-Bello
Holy Cross School
1846 Randall Avenue, Bronx, New York 10473
Holy Cross School

Typeelementary, secondary
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
OversightArchdiocese of New York
NCES School ID00920094
Campus typeUrban

The Church of Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 600 Soundview Avenue, Bronx, New York City. The church address is 600 Soundview Ave., Bronx, NY, 10473. The rectory address is the same.


The church is located on the east side of Soundview Avenue at the intersection is Taylor Avenue. The church was designed by Brother Cajetan Baumann, O.F.M.[1] The design is a typical "high-concept" Modernist concrete and stained-glass shell, reminiscent of Hugh Stubbins Jr.'s 1957 Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the former Kongresshalle (nicknamed the "Pregnant Oyster") in Berlin. The school is a typical mid-20th-century Modernist three-storey concrete and glazed block.

Parish history[edit]

The parish was established in 1921.[1] The Franciscan Friars administered the parish for nearly 90 years, but withdrew from the parish in 2008 and were replaced by archdiocesan clergy.[1]

Holy Cross School[edit]

The school address is 1846 Randall Avenue, Bronx, New York 10473. The school was established in 1923, and for much of its history was staffed by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegheny.[3] The school has around 419 students in grades from prekindergarten to 8th grade.[4] According to the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, "Holy Cross demonstrated that it is effectively advancing the quality of educational experiences it offers to its students, meets its responsibilities to the public and the profession of education, and complies with the standards of accreditation that are established by the Commission on Elementary Schools."[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

The musician Leon Heyward attended Holy Cross School. As "MC Sundance," he was a member of the "Jazzy Five," one of the first rap groups to form in the South Bronx during the 1970s. He was initially a survivor of the attacks of 9/11 at the World Trade Center, but later died from exposure to the various air-born pollutants released in the destruction of the buildings, and was officially recorded as a victim of the terrorist attack.[5]



  1. ^ a b c d Shelley, Thomas J. The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History, (New York: Archdiocese of New York, 2007), p.484-485
  2. ^ Holy Cross, Soundview Avenue (Accessed 7 February 2011)
  3. ^ a b Parish School Official Website
  4. ^ Private School Review (Accessed 7 February 2011)
  5. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. 9/11’s Litany of Loss, Joined by Another Name, The New York Times, September 11, 2009.

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