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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.

For more information, check out these two websites:

http://mountloretto.org/document/18621

http://www.miv-mountloretto.org/home.html

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1956-1959

My name is Tony Bonviso, I was at mount Loretto from thirteen to seventeen; 1956 to Dec 24, 1959; saint Anthony's to saint John's. When I made my break through the shadows on that long ago snow cold christmass eve catching the bus on hyland blvd to the Staten island ferry and freedom of the sixties walking distance from Greenwich Village. I had a hard time at the home with lots of detention, standing for hours but far worse was the beating's, the worst from the barnells putting me in the infirmary for three days. There were the good times: 'the dances with the sweet smelling girls from saint Lizzy's like Millie Obrian, Carol Thompson , Mary jane kachik, all of which I never got up the nerve to ever actually talk to... But I can still remember my fist dance with a girl that we never hardly ever got to see aside from high holly day's across the aisle at church. The best was on a Halloween night when along with my pals Vinny Larosa, the jackson twins, Lenny and Lonie, Mike Primmano, Orlando jimaness, josepoh Delenardo, john sacarisen, and I went on a raid across the cow field up to the girls side and I got my first kiss from a girl they called Miss Holywood. During my stay there were some fantastic people like Eddie the butcher , brother Elliot, brother John, Farther Salmon and Mysenior Brown. They called me schemer and unlike many of the boy's I was able to scheme out of going to the meat grinder in vietnam where my one time good friend, Steve macqen enrolled in the homes ROTC program and was killed in action .. My racket job at trade school was as the editor for the scroll the saint Joseph first trade school newspaper; where brother John would see to it "that those rock and roll hair styles were no where in sight." My favorite times were at the beach where I was chased down off the metal light house by a coast guard helicopter and one day me and this pal of mine Gerald saved some guy from drowning; in gratitude he gave us the small dingy which we proudly carried back. I'm now seventy two year's old; Ive had an amazing (I survived it) life that I would not ever have had if it had not been for that life changing institutionalized soul scarring experience. Before MIV I was in a boys home in sparkill NY where the nun's beat us with rulers, straps, etc... It's the hardest for a little boy. Or a moma's boy who would not fight back. I remember this boy whom I thought was a nice guy and a friend and that I told how some kid had punched me in the face and then the guy I thought was a friendly nice guy punched me in the mouth saying "like this!" I pity the many kid's like me who suffered in silence in the name of Jesus and all his questionable saints. I'm sorry that whole stinking place didn't burn down to the ground

1956-1959

My name is Tony Bonviso, I was at mount Loretto from thirteen to seventeen; 1956 to Dec 24, 1959; saint Anthony's to saint John's. When I made my break through the shadows on that long ago snow cold christmass eve catching the bus on hyland blvd to the Staten island ferry and freedom of the sixties walking distance from Greenwich Village. I had a hard time at the home with lots of detention, standing for hours but far worse was the beating's, the worst from the barnells putting me in the infirmary for three days. There were the good times: 'the dances with the sweet smelling girls from saint Lizzy's like Millie Obrian, Carol Thompson , Mary jane kachik, all of which I never got up the nerve to ever actually talk to... But I can still remember my fist dance with a girl that we never hardly ever got to see aside from high holly day's across the aisle at church. The best was on a Halloween night when along with my pals Vinny Larosa, the jackson twins, Lenny and Lonie, Mike Primmano, Orlando jimaness, josepoh Delenardo, john sacarisen,Joe Delanardo and I went on a raid across the cow field up to the girls side and I got my first kiss from a girl they called Miss Holywood. During my stay there were some fantastic people like Eddie the butcher , brother Elliot, brother John, Farther Salmon and Mysenior Brown. They called me schemer and unlike many of the boy's I was able to scheme out of going to the meat grinder in vietnam where my one time good friend, Steve macqen enrolled in the homes ROTC program and was killed in action .. My racket job at trade school was as the editor for the scroll the saint Joseph first trade school newspaper; where brother John would see to it "that those rock and roll hair styles were no where in sight." My favorite times were at the beach where I was chased down off the metal light house by a coast guard helicopter and one day me and this pal of mine Gerald saved some guy from drowning; in gratitude he gave us the small dingy which we proudly carried back. I'm now seventy two year's old; Ive had an amazing (I survived it) life that I would not ever have had if it had not been for that life changing institutionalized soul scarring experience. Before MIV I was in a boys home in sparkill NY where the nun's beat us with rulers, straps, etc... It's the hardest for a little boy. Or a moma's boy who would not fight back. I remember this boy whom I thought was a nice guy and a friend and that I told how some kid had punched me in the face and then the guy I thought was a friendly nice guy punched me in the mouth saying "like this!" I pity the many kid's like me who suffered in silence in the name of Jesus and all his questionable saints. I'm sorry that whole stinking place didn't burn down to the ground

Fraumeni

Hello, I just found out that my father Robert (Bobby) , his brother Joseph (Joe), and sister Marie Fraumeni were in this home as children. I do not know the year but maybe someone remembers them and can give me an approx. time they were there, thanks for any help!!!!!

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 mdecristofano@mountloretto.org. 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 mdecristofano@mountloretto.org. 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? jmgonzalez303@aol.com

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