Wednesday, October 21, 2009

St. Martin of Tours, Bushwick



St. Martin of Tours church faces Weirfield Street and Irving Square. Knickerbocker Avenue with the parish school is at the right. Most hours, the church gates are padlocked. The inscription above the pillars reads, "Ecclesia Sancti Martini Turonensis." St. Martin lived from about 316 to 397. Martin was bishop of the diocese of Tours, France. He did not get along well with St. Brice, who succeeded him.

The rectory is at 1288 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221, just south of Knickerbocker Avenue. The phone number is 718-443-8484. This parish includes the closed parish of Fourteen Holy Martyrs. The rectory also serves as rectory for the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes. 
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The website of the combined parish is linked here, and it includes the Mass schedule at St. Martin of Tours church and Our Lady of Lourdes chapel.

Above is the former parish school at 751 Knickerbocker Avenue. Some years ago, the school was renamed St. Elizabeth Seton Parish School. In early 2009, Bishop DiMarzio threatened to close the school, but later allowed it to accept new students. The Brooklyn Tablet of 5.5.2010 announced that the school, with an enrollment of 180, would close in June, 2010.
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For years, the Sisters of St. Joseph provided staff for this school.  The above photos are from 2009.


14 comments:

  1. My Sweetest, most Endearing Memories of my Life, took place during the years I spent as a student at "St Martin of Tours School..."
    I shall cherish them, eternally...
    Ms Carol Ann Marano RN
    New York

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  2. I've been searching for students that went to the elementary school for over a year now. I left NY & the school after 6th grade in 1975 and would love to reconnect with some of the students. Mrs. Meade was my first grade teacher. I can be found on facebook under Teresa Santiago. Maiden name: Maria Caban. Currently live in the Dallas, TX area.

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    1. Theresa

      I was a graduate of St Martin of Tours School in 1939. I am retired and now live inPalatine Chicago at age 86 I would love to hear from you. Bob Unterreiner. E mail is Bob.Unterr@Aol.com phone is 847 358 5686

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  3. i was a student at st martins for four of the happiest years of my educational life..from 5-8th grade..the learning experience was excellent..and my friends i remember with the fondest of childhood memories..since those days..hello to anyone from the graduating class of 1967..sister frances miriam

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    1. Hi Nancy, My name is Edythe Osborne Reid. I am now 60 years young living in Homosassa, Florida. I graduated in 1968 with Sister Frances Miriam and Sister Giovanni. Two of my other teachers were Sister Saint Agnes, and Miss Virginia Ferranti. edythereid1@gmail.com

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    2. Hello to anyone else in the graduating class of 1968!

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    3. Nancy, I remember you. What ever happened to everybody? I stayed in touch with Leonard Pagano, John Quinn a few years after graduation but then lost touch. Are you still in NY? I'm in WI.

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    4. Yes John it is so funny....just the other day i was thinking of you. Thank you for commenting. Nancy

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    5. Yes I live on long island. Thank you for commenting. I still see my friends and talk to them.

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  4. Nancy

    I graduated from St Martin of Tours Grade school in 1939.I started in the first grade in 1931 . Iam now retired at age 85 and live in Palatine,Ill near Chicago. I would love to hear from you. Bob Unterreiner E Mail Bob.Unterr@AOL.com and phone n o. is 847-358-5686

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  5. correction: i graduated st martin of tours in 1967..not 1939, thank you computer

    nancy

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  6. My name is Edythe Osborne Reid. I graduated in 1968. Sister's Francis Miriam and Giovanni were my teachers. Sister Saint Agnes was my 2nd grade teacher and Miss Virginia Ferranti was my 3rd or 4th grade teacher.

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  7. Hello ~ I entered St. Martin of Tours School (for Kindergarten) in 1948 and my teacher was the terrifying (for me) Sister Catherine Anita - who would curl her tongue as she attacked. 1A was the ethereal Sister Frances Borgia - who I LOVED - and the following grades up through Grade 4 included (the VERY tall) Sister St. Amedeus and Miss Wisenfeld. Also, there was the VERY kind Mr. Fox who was the custodian and Friend to all. My family then moved to Bethpage, Long Island where there was no local Catholic school until my youngest sister was of school age (in 1955)and she entered (another) St. Martin of Tours and stayed until she graduated from the 8th grade. Recently I returned to the streets of Bushwick because like half the world, I am doing genealogical research - and was SHOCKED that MY Catholic grammar school - across the street from the church where my parents married, where I and my siblings were all baptized and where the three eldest (including me) had our first communion - was now a charter school. "Progress" is sometimes hard to take...

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