Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bishop Ford HS to close

Sad to report, but Bishop Ford HS, with an enrollment of 499, will close in June.  Please see the announcement here.
My post and photos from 2009 are below.

Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School is located at 500 Nineteenth Street, Brooklyn NY 11215, telephone 718-360-2500. Its website is linked here.

The principal entrances of the school are along Nineteenth Street, indicated by the activities entrance on the right, and the academic entrance underneath the cross, as shown in the second photo.
A helpful correspondent has explained: "The Franciscan Brothers Residence was the top floor of Bishop Ford. They now occupy a smaller section with their own chapel on their floor. The other space is used for the school ."
The Prospect Expressway (NY 27) parallels Nineteenth Street. When the bishop of Brooklyn announced the construction of several diocesan high schools about 1960, suitable property was scarce. In this case, a streetcar barn took up the entire block now used by Bishop Ford High School. These streets border the school: on the northeast, Fifteenth Street, seen above; on the southeast Tenth Avenue, marked in the above photo by the tall transmitter of the diocesan television station; on the southwest Twentieth Street and Green-Wood Cemetery, and on the northwest Prospect Park West.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

St. John the Baptist, Lewis Avenue

Please see the link here to a 2011 article. The parish is alive; priests and people worship and celebrate the Eucharist. I have not yet visited this church.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

3.21.2014 Symposium on Patrick Keely

I am grateful to a correspondent who has directed me to this notice of a symposium on March 21, 2014:

For the work of Mr. Keely, please see Keely on the label list to the right.  Also, see this 1896 obituary posted by the historian Patrick McNamara here.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Book: Sacred Havens of Brooklyn

Congratulations to author Terri Cook for her extraordinary book, "Sacred Havens of Brooklyn," published by The History Press in 2013.  As she includes synagogues, mosques, and Christian churches of many denominations, her 224-page book results from much more investigation, observation, and walking than I have done for this blog.
At least 72 Catholic parishes are included, often with interesting facts that I did not learn from my other readings. She has divided Brooklyn into three parts, and then into neighborhood chapters, with the result that the Catholic parishes are presented in the context of neighborhood ethnicity and other houses of worship.
The book offers a wealth of descriptive text. You may discover errors, and the phrasing or vocabulary is sometimes inexact.  For example, she uses the word "sanctuary" for the church interior, a Protestant usage, where that word in Catholic usage describes only the limited space near the altar, ambo, and tabernacle, once "inside the communion rail."
The author has visited the interior of almost all the churches she describes, whereas I have turned away from locked doors.  Therefore, her book is more descriptive than this blog.
Google's Blogger allows revisions, something difficult in a printed book.  I am going to have to mine this volume for possible edits of my descriptions of parishes.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Continental Army Plaza, Williamsburg

A reader has asked:
There's a Catholic church that holds bilingual services outdoors in the Continental Army Plaza in South Williamsburg during the summer. Do you know which church this is?
There are several Catholic parishes nearby.  If anyone knows details of these summertime services, please answer by clicking on Comments above.  
Thank you.
Continental Army Plaza is on the north side of Williamsburg Bridge Plaza.  A description is here.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

St. Jerome Academy to close in June

The Brooklyn Tablet, in an article dated 2.12.2014, announces the closure this June of St. Jerome Academy, East 29th Street, near Newkirk and Nostrand Avenues.  The article states that 235 students are enrolled, and that the closure results from monetary deficits in operation and repairs.

Pope John Paul II Family Academy to close

See this Tablet article dated 2.12.2014 about the closing of Pope John Paul II Family Academy (in the former St. Barbara School) this June.  Lack of funds is given as the reason.  Please recall that this academy was funded by an anonymous donor.  At the time of the schools initiation, there was some report of the donor's insistence of family participation in Sunday Mass.  The Tablet article does not indicate the enrollment or the grades that are being taught, nor does it mention staffing. A rooftop photo on the academy's website shows about 110 students and 15 staff, including two or three religious Sisters, perhaps from Poland.