St. Rita of Cascia - St. Pius V's Church (Bronx)

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The Parish of St. Rita of Cascia and of St. Pius V[1] is a Roman Catholic parish under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The church is located at 448 College Ave. in the Bronx.

St Rita of Cascia[edit]

The parish was founded in 1900. Rita of Cascia was canonized on May 24, 1900 and Archbishop Corrigan decided to name the parish in honor of the new saint. The cornerstone was laid in November 1900 and the church was consecrated in October 1904. The first pastor was Rev. Charles Ferina D.D. He was assisted by Rev. Patrick Mannion and Rev. A.D. Cunion. During his tenure, Rev. Ferina founded an Italian mission at 150th St. and Morris Ave. that later became the parish of Our Lady of Suffrage.[2]

A residence of the Missionaries of Charity is located at St. Rita.


  • Fr. Charles Ferina, 1900-1909
  • James P. O'Brien, 1910 -


Effective August 1, 2015, the parish of St. Pius V merged with the parish of St. Rita of Cascia.[1]

St Pius V[edit]

The Church of St. Pius V
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General information
Town or cityMott Haven, the Bronx, New York
CountryUnited States
Construction started1906
ClientRoman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Technical details
Structural systemRed brick masonry
Design and construction
ArchitectAnthony F. A. Schmitt[3]

The Church of St. Pius V was a Roman Catholic parish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located at 416-418, 420 East 145th Street, in the North New York neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. The parish was established in 1906, with Fr. Francis M. Fagan its first pastor. "A 'fine' parish school was opened September 1913.[2]


The red-brick church was built in 1906-1907 to the designs by Anthony F. A. Schmitt.[3] The Romanesque building has two towers. Effective November 30, 2017, the St. Pius V church building was desacralized for secular use.[4]

St. Pius V Girls' High School[edit]


St. Pius V Girls' High School was opened in 1930 and closed effective June 2011.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Timothy Cardinal Dolan. "Decree on the Merger of the Parish of St. Rita of Cascia, Bronx, NY and the Parish of St. Pius V, Bronx, NY, November 2, 2014
  2. ^ a b 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.392.
  3. ^ a b c White, Norval; Willensky, Elliot; Leadon, Fran (2010). AIA Guide to New York City. American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (Fifth ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 823. ISBN 978-0-19-538386-7.
  4. ^ Timothy Cardiinal Dolan. "Decree on the Relegation of the Church of St. Pius V, South Bronx, New York", November 30, 2017
  5. ^ McQuillan, Alice. "New York Archdiocese to Close 27 Schools," NBC New York, 11 January 2011 (Accessed 7 February 2011)
  6. ^ Archdiocese of New York, "RECONFIGURATION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING “AT-RISK” SCHOOLS ACCEPTED BY ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK Archived 2011-01-17 at the Wayback Machine," Official Press Release, 11 January 2011 (Accessed 7 February 2011)

Coordinates: 40°48′47″N 73°55′8.4″W / 40.81306°N 73.919000°W / 40.81306; -73.919000