St. Anthony's Church (Bronx)
|The Church of St. Anthony|
The church as it appeared in 1914
|Town or city||Van Nest, Bronx, New York City|
|Cost||$75,000 (for 1909 church)|
|Client||Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York|
The Church of St. Anthony is a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 1496 Commonwealth Avenue, Van Nest, Bronx, New York City, near the corner of Mansion Street and Commonwealth Avenue. Founded in 1908 as an Italian Personal Parish, St. Anthony as well as, Our Lady of Grace merged with the parish of St. Frances of Rome in 2015.
St. Anthony's was founded shortly after the IRT elevated train line was extended into a part of the Bronx undergoing development. It was established in 1908 as a personal parish for Italians by the Rev. Henry De Vivo. It is often referred to as St. Anthony, Van Nest, to distinguish it from St. Anthony of Padua's Church in neighboring Morrisania, Bronx. The present church building completed in 1909 at a cost of $75,000. "It is a brick building in the Roman style with a seating capacity of 500". De Vivo was succeeded by the Rev. Pasquale Maltese in March 1912. In 1913, there were 149 baptisms, 29 marriages, 237 confirmations, 12,000 communions, and 300 in the Sunday-school. Rev. Antonio Burriesci was the assistant. That year the pastor, Rev. Pasquale Maltese, had reduced the parish debt of $70,000 to $63,000.
At the beginning of the Great Depression, the Stratton Flats development opened nearby which brought in a large group of Irish-Americans to the Parish. By 2008, the religious community was largely Hispanic.
- Rev. Henry De Vivo (1908-1912)
- Rev. Pasquale Maltese (1912-?)
- Msgr. Dennis P. Coleman
- Rev. Joseph J. Kelly
- Rev. Louis Anderson (as Administrator (2016- )
St. Anthony's School
A school opened in 1931, staffed by the Sisters of Charity, at a time when a new development of apartment houses opened on former farmland. The school building was used as the filming location for the film Doubt (2008), written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, an alumnus of the school. The school closed permanently on June 18, 2013.
Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Grace, on Bronxwood Avenue, was founded as an Italian personal parish in 1924 by Father Victor Bassi. For the first year, Rev. Bassi held Masses in two rented stores on White Plains Road until the first church building was dedicated on October 11, 1925. The present church dates from 1968. The statue of Mary and Jesus in front of the church was sculpted by Sister Angelica Ballan, and was originally outside Misericordia Hospital on East 233rd Street. The parish merged with St. Frances of Rome in 2015.
- Rev. Victor Bassi, (1924 -
- Monsignor Bonaventure Fillitti
- Monsignor John Rettagliata
- 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.381.
- Timothy Cardinal Dolan. "Decree on the Merger of the Territorial Parish of St. Frances of Rome, Bronx, NY, the Personal Parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Bronx, NY, the Personal Parish of St. Anthony, Bronx, NY, and the Territorial Parish of Our Lady of Grace, Bronx, NY", November 2, 2014
- Proust, Mary Ann. "They Love This Parish", Catholic New York, June 5, 2008
- Shelley, Thomas J., The Archdiocese of New York: the Bicentennial History, (New York: Archdiocese of New York, 2007), p.481.
- Bermudez, Anthony. "St. Anthony’s Parish celebrates 100th year", Bronx Times', July 8, 2008
- "St. Anthony's Catholic School, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA," IMDB (Accessed 10 February 2011)
- "Our Lady of Grace Church", NYC AGO
- "Bronx Church, in Latest Round of Closures, Holds Final Mass", WNYC News, July 27, 2015