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Mount Loretto, Staten Island, NY


General View of Mount Loretto Staten Island, N.Y., Digital ID 104622, New York Public LibraryThis picture is at Mount Loretto, which was founded as Catholic orphanage on Staten Island in the late 19th century. It is still operating today, but it is not really an orphanage anymore; it is more of a social service agency. They recently built a CYO on its grounds and it has become a community center, with inside basketball courts and meeting rooms.

The church in the picture is still standing, but the buildings on either side are gone. In the early 1970's the exterior of the church was used in a scene from the famous movie The Godfather. There was a fire at the church shortly after the filming; only the facade was still standing. The church was rebuilt and was in operation again a few years later.

Mount Loretto is located about a mile from the Tottenville Library.

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hi to people that know me

I want know if anyone knows what happened to gumby oj and all the other people from the other house

Records from Mt. Loretto

If anyone is looking for old records from Mt. Loretto, please feel free to contact me at 718-3172827 or via email at Our records date back to the 1800's.

Old Records from Mt. Loretto

If anyone is interested in obtaining records from Mt. Loretto, please contact me at 718-317-2827 or email at Our records date back to the 1800's Thank you

I was a Mission Kid from 1974 to 1979

I want to extend my deepest sympathies to those of you who experienced mental and physical hardships while living at Mount Loretto. Of course none of us wanted to be there, but for whatever reason, that place became our home for a while. When I was there, I was first placed at St. Elizabeth's, and like many of you, I remember Sister Helen and her mean ways. Fortunately, we were all sent to the other side, the new dorms of St. Joseph and the Davis Cottage, the experiment in independent living. I learned true compassion and empathy for other people while living there, and I owe that to my friends David and Debbie and Dorothy and Mart. They became the family I no longer had on the 'outside', and to this day, I am in contact with David and Debbie. My boyfriend Sammy Ibarra was one of the toughest kids there; I will never forget him. The counselor who was the most influential was Miss Liz; she told me get an education. I am becoming a social worker; imagine that! My best wishes for all you Mission Kids out there!

i went to school at the mount

i went to school at the mount in the late 90's wonder if anyone is on here from that time

Looking for Friends

I was raised in the Mount from 1970-1977, with my brother Eloim (JR). I played all sports and graduated from Tottenville H.S. in 77. Today I’m the man I’m because MIV give me the life experiences that to date helps me get thru life’s unexpected turns. If you remember me, please let me know how you’re doing?

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