Our Lady of Mount Carmel's Church (Bronx)
|The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel|
|Architectural style||Romanesque Revival|
|Town or city||Belmont, the Bronx, New York City, New York|
|Construction started||1906 (for church)|
|Completed||1907 (for basement church)|
1912 (for upper church)
|Cost||$21,000 (for 1906 church property)|
$12,000 (for 1906-1912 church)
|Client||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York|
|Structural system||Masonry brick|
The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located three blocks south of Fordham University at the corner of Belmont Avenue and 627 East 187th Street, Fordham, the Bronx, New York City, New York.
Another parish church for Italians existed in 1892, located at 447 E 115th Street, Manhattan. Despite the similar dedication, this has always been a separate parish. "In answer to the petition of the Italians living in the neighborhood of 183rd Street and Pelham Avenue, Rev. Daniel Burke, D.D., of St. Philip's Church, opened a mission for them early in 1906." There were initially only around 150 people attending the mission. The Rev. Francis Magliocco, D.D., was appointed assistant in September, 1909, and Fr. Caffuzzi was reported in 1914 to have resided near the church (and not in a rectory) since January 1907.
The parish was established around June 1906 when a store was remodeled as a chapel, and the Rev. J. Caffuzzi was appointed acting pastor on June 24. The congregation increased rapidly. By the end of 1907, the congregation had swelled from its 150 figure in 1906 to 1,134 adults and 150 children by the end of 1907, and 2,500 adults in 1914. By 1914, the Sunday school had an attendance of 800 children.
By "...the end of  Father Burke bought seven lots costing $21,000 at 187th Street and Belmont Avenue, and on June 29, 1907, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Farley laid the cornerstone of the church." The 750-seat basement was opened December 25, 1907; the upper 500-seat upper church was opened December 8, 1912, at a cost of $12,000. The upstairs church was dedicated in 1917. The rectory address is 627 East 187 St., Bronx NY 10458.
- Rev. Daniel Burke, D.D., of St. Philip's Church (1906-1906), attended to mission in early 1906
- Rev. J. Caffuzzi (1906-9/29/1931) , first pastor, assisted by the Rev. Francis Magliocco, D.D. since 1909
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
Located at 2465 Bathgate Avenue on the corner of East 189th Street and Bathgate Avenue, it has around 25 to 30 students per grade.
- Remigius Lafort, S.T.D., Censor, The Catholic Church in the United States of America: Undertaken to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee of His Holiness, Pope Pius X. Volume 3: The Province of Baltimore and the Province of New York, Section 1: Comprising the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, Buffalo and Ogdensburg Together with some Supplementary Articles on Religious Communities of Women.. (New York City: The Catholic Editing Company, 1914), p.390.
- See Thomas J. Shelley, The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History, (New York: Archdiocese of New York / Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007), p.231, 472, 474.
- Joe McMahon, Bronx Catholic "Our Lady of Mount Carmel, East 187 Street", December 16, 2009, "This is an attempt to index references to The Bronx in "The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History," a marvelous 624-page book written by Thomas J. Shelley. The 2007 book may still be available at the St. Patrick Cathedral gift shop. The strength of this blog will be in the alphabetic list of labels to the right, or use the search box at top left. The blog format requires that entries move from recent to old. I continue to add photos and information." (Retrieved 12 May 2011)
- The World Almanac 1892 and Book of Facts (New York: Press Publishing, 1892), p.390.