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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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1950s Twins Jack and Jim Malloy and little sister Eilleen

Looking for anyone that remembers my mom or uncles. Thanks so much and please email me. Cliff

I was in Mount Loretto from 1973-78 looking for others

I was in Mount Loretto from about 73-78. I mainly was in 'building 3' until they shut that down and moved all of us. In 78, I went AWOL, I left on my own. Everyone called me "Big Moe" or "Moe" I had two brothers Migel and Jose. I don't know where Migel is to this day. There aren't many good memories there, but there were some. I was close with who we called back in the day "The twins", if you were there back then, you know who I'm talking about. I'm looking for pictures from back then. Any and all. As well as people that were back then from that time. If your from then and willing to, please email me on my daughters email. And if anyone has any pictures, I would love to see them. The email is Babyblues985@gmail.com Thanks

Myself

Does anybody remember junior brown or my uncle his name MR FLUDD OR MY MOTHER LEATRICE FLUDD, she went there in the 80s or I guy name Roy don't remember the last name maybe even Toni Campbell we'll contact me at latoyafludd@yahoo.com or 570 728 0197 thanks my mom was known as peaches

i think i know Mr fluid i was

i think i know Mr fluid i was there in the 80s if he's dark skinned and his best friend was chris then thats him, wondering if anyone else from 1980-1983

jose padilla

hello i am still search for Jose Padilla who should be at least 53 or 54 yrs old by now..use to be in mount loretto i thnk he left in 1978 not sure some people tells me he moved to puerto rico. he had a brother name luis who was also in mount loretto..if your out there please get in touch with me...or if anyone knows his whereabout pls let me know. thank you Debbie

We were there too

Louis, Pierce, Lawrence, Diane, Victoria (Robinson) and I, Bernice Jones. I remember Father Pavis, he was so patient with us and loved to tell stories. I also loved Sister Winifred Denise. I hope all who were there and still alive have found peace and happiness.

Friends w/ Vickey

I knew the Robinsons! I was good friends w/ Vicky who has the last name Jones. We were in Duvall cottage.

Very bad memories...

Very bad memories...

Grandfather

My name is Judith and I am looking for any information regarding my grandfather and his siblings who I believe were placed in St Loretta's in the early 1900s. Their father came from Chicago after his wife Bridget died with three of their children. He placed Timothy, Thomas and Mary in the orphanage on Staten Island. It believe their ages to be about 12, 11 and 9 at the time. Timothy Hushion went on to become a NYC policeman. Any help would be appreciated.

Searching for my grandfather's history

I am looking for information regarding my grandfather and his brother and sister who were placed at Mr Loretto some time around 1903. They came from Chicago with their father after the death of their mother Bridget. Their father's name was John Hushion and theirs were: Timothy age about 12, Thomas age about 11 and Mary age abut 9. Timothy grew up to become a NYC policeofficer, Thomas a cab driver. Thomas also had a deformed leg. and Mary went to Daneville NY. Any information would be appreciated.

Mary

The flickers did they live in Annandale ? Daughter named Lisa and Gina

Mary

The flickers did they live in Annandale ? Daughter named Lisa and Gina Lisa flicker is on Facebook

Mary

The flickers did they live in Annandale ? Daughter named Lisa and Gina Lisa flicker is on Facebook

Mary

The flickers did they live in Annandale ? Daughter named Lisa and Gina Lisa flicker is on Facebook

I was at Mount Loretto from

I was at Mount Loretto from 1964-1968. My brother Alex was there, too. I was housed in cottage 1 (there used to be six on the boys side). We would all walk over to Pleasant Plains on Saturdays to spend our allowance (35 cents). I liked the bus ride on Hylan Blvd. to the ferry. We were allowed to visit parents on weekends if we had any. I remember how sad it was to leave because the only friends I had were there. Oddly, those were some of the happiest days of my life.

I remember Pleasant Plains on Sat.

Hello Stephen. I'm Eric and I arrived at Mount Loretto of May, 1968 in 1st House. It was a nice, cool stroll to Pleasant Plains buying candy, chips, chewing gum - and baseball cards! I remember brothers Cucho and Johnny Arroyo. Another set of brothers were Danny and Sean Farrell along with Hector and Elmer Maldonado. Maybe you departed the Mount before I got there. Do you remember counselors Ms. Margaret? Ms. Loretta? Or Mr. Jim? Anyway, be well and stay blessed, man. Peace.

Cook named Mommy Mo

My grandmother was a cook at Mt. Loretto in the 1960's. Her name was Angelina Moseder. Most people called here Mommy Mo. Does anyone remember her, so was somewhat tall with dark hair. She passed several years ago, but I remember going to Mt. Loretto with her on her job interview.

Mt Loretto pictures

My Mom was there at Mt Loretto from age 7 to 18 starting in 1939 til 1950. Would anyone have pictures of Mt Loretto at that time, and possibly pictures of my Mom, Rose McLaughlin she was there with her younger sister Evelyn. And if anyone has any pictures of Father Kenny could you email them to me, My Mom really loved him and her picture of him is pretty old. I don't have any pictures of my Mom when she was a child. If you have any of her could you please email me them, and of Father Kenny and of Mt Loretto. Julie.

Father Kenny, etc.

Julie, My Mom would have been there about the same time as yours was. I remember her talking about Father Kenny all the time and also about Sister Jeanmarie. My mother actually named me after sister and had fond memories of her life there. Just thought I'd let you know. Jeanmarie

Hi Julie! My dad was at

Hi Julie! My dad was at Mount Loretto (Chuck McCarthy) 1931-1957. If you get pictures of Father Kenny would you please email to me? I knew him when I was a kid. He was a very good man! Thanks

My Mother was in Mount Loretto.....Did anyone know her???

My mother was born in 1928 and lived at Mount Loretto from about 1931-1946....until she turned 18. Her last name was Satkowski and she went by Jennie at that time (although her given name was Francis Mary). She also had three brothers (Edward, Felix, Alexander) who were in the boys' section of the orphanage. I have never met any of them but would love to....if they are still alive. Just thought I'd give this a try. Jeanmarie

Mount Loretto

My dad, his brother and sister were at Mount Loretto from 1915 to 1922. It was an operating farm in those days and everyone had age-appropriate chores to do, along with their school work. That experience shaped my dad into a hard-working, empathetic human being. He never forgot those roots. Every Sunday, after mass, my parents and I would visit the Mount and my dad would ask kids how they did in school during the previous week. If they did well, he gave them a dime; if they did poorly, he gave them a nickel with the promise of a dime if they did well the following week. He would tell them how he grew up there and how his education and hard work got him a nice home and new car. A nickel or dime could buy a lot back then but the hope and encouragement he gave those children was priceless. Thank you Mount Loretto for shaping my dad into the wonderful man he was.

My Dad and Mom Worked at ML

I am thrilled to see the posts from so many whose lives were touched by the work of the sisters and brothers there at the orphanage. By any chance, does anyone remember a brother by the name of Henry (Enrique) Pulgar. He was my father who came to this country from S.A. Chile in the late 50's and worked at the school there. In a short time, he met my mother (Juanita Boyd) who came to work with the girls I suppose and low and behold, they fell in love. If the name rings a bell, please write me. I am in the process of writing a paper for school on my family and it would be amazing to hear from someone.

Father and brothers ..

Hi , my father Anthony Morabito and his two brothers Joseph and Andrew were there sometime in the 1950's...... Curious if anyone knew them ... Thank you

Father and brothers ..

Hi , my father Anthony Morabito and his two brothers Joseph and Andrew were there sometime in the 1950's...... Curious if anyone knew them ... Thank you

LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW SONIA PIZZARRO AND SISTERS

I OWED THIS GIRL MY LIFE.

LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW SONIA PIZZARRO AND SISTERS

I OWED THIS GIRL MY LIFE.

msl

I was at mt.Loretto from 1959_61,3 of my sisters and 3 of my brothers were there also.it was a pretty good place,I remember Sr Fidelous(spelling?),it's obviously a long time ago,I've always been called Peggy by my family,but I wasn't allowed to use a nickname when I was there so I'm wondering if anyone remembers Margaret Byrnes.I'd love to hear from anyone who does,esp.Patty Graham.

Mount Loretto Betz, Duffy, Sullivan , Lynch

1800's looking for information on Joseph Betz, Louis Betz, Joe Duffy, Members of Sullivan or Lynch families. How to obtain records from Mount Loretto?

Lord as a child I had no idea

Lord as a child I had no idea what was happening to me by sent me to MIV but today I want to thank you it was the best home I had as a child you put me in the right place at the right time my love comes from you MIV made me who I am today In God we truth .RIP for the fathers and nuns who care for me as a person thank you .As a single mom am proud of myself and my family.Amen

Mount Loretta

Hi I was there from 1945 to 1954 if anyone remembers please e mail me , I also had a brother Johnny Usher, he was more popular.

1956-59

my name is tony Bonviso I was in mount Loretto in the mid to late fifty's from saint Anthony to saint John's

Omega house 83-87

Looking for people who were in Omega house from 83-87. Contact me John Ruffino at (347)776-8935

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

The Villa

I graduated 1962 after being there since 1st grade. All the stories are true. Anybody remember Sr. Mary Charles? I was there with Anna Rodriquez and her two sisters, Connie was one of the sisters. Their brother married a red head from my group .... Sr. Agnes Marie and Sr. Agustine were the nuns in the Villa. PeeWee Ruiz .. I remember you. Mary Jane Kachik was in my older sister's group. Anyone from my time remember Iris Pacheco? I think that was her last name. Anyone remember Steve McKuhn? He was my boyfriend who I got engaged to when I left in '62. I also remember Phyllis Wise. The rock n roll period in the 50s is what I grew up with.

Nothing But Nightmares

I was at MIV during the early 1960's. I am 65 years old now, and have spent most of my adult life reliving nightmarish memories of that place. I was in the 3rd Cottage on the boy's side. If you wet the bed, then you got a beating in the morning from the counselor or nun. If you got up and went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, then a big kid who was way too big and mature to have been housed with the rest of us (I won't mention his name or nationality - don't want to offend others), waited in the bathroom stall and pulled you in the stall with him then he sexually assaulted you. This happened to me many times. You had to pick your poison - a beating in the morning, or sexual assault during the night. Many times I went to the bathroom and saw him in the stall with another boy. I could see their feet facing each other under the door, and could hear that other little kid trying to scream in a muffled voice. I would hurry using the urinal, then run out of there as fast as I could, just glad that it wasn't me that time in the stall with that animal. I ran away once. When they brought me back, Lloyd Davis and Fr. Kenny took me into Fr. Kenny's room, pulled my pants down, then beat me mercilessly with a leather strap 3 inches by 12 inches long. It left purple welts on my backside and all down my legs. They made me wear long pants afterwards and threatened to beat me again if I ever told anyone. After Davis left the room, Fr. Kenny made me perform oral sex on him. Yes, your "sacred, can do not wrong, chain smoking dirty priest" molested me, even though I was one of his alter boys in church. Those who knew him will defend him, and those who were also his victims will be glad I had the courage to finally say something about what went on back then. I once needed $7 to attend a mandatory play at St. Peter's High School, so I went to Fr. Mangan's room and he gave me the money. I walked out of his room with the $7 in my hand and some other kids saw it. A little later, I was told to report to the gym to see Counselor Mr. Ryan. There was a nice Mr. Ryan, and also his mean brother. The mean brother is the one who I met in the gym office. He said someone stole his wallet and the other kids told him I had "a lot of money," so it had to be me (I did NOT steal his wallet). He punched me in my face and knocked me over a desk. He pummeled me endlessly trying to get me to confess. Now that I am 65 years old and he can no longer hurt me, please allow me to say it again: "I did not steal this man's wallet." I've waited all of my life to say these things. In 1965, I was sent, along with 14 other kids from MIV, to a group home in the Bronx. In 1968, I slipped out in the middle of the night and with a little money I had saved from a summer job, I took the elevated train to JFK Airport, where I bought a 1-way ticket to the farthest place away from N.Y. that I could find, San Diego, California, and never looked back. I slept on the beaches at night, and bought a loaf of bread each day to survive. I now live alone in Ohio, but I continue to remain haunted by these experiences from my childhood. To those who abused me back then, please remember the words of the late Canadian novelist Gilbert Parker - "There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance." I cannot even imagine that there is a God who knows of these things and allows them to happen to a child. If anyone can explain this to me, I would appreciate hearing from you because I have lost all of my faith. Thank you for caring, and please don't hate me for revealing these truths, even if your experience with those who assaulted me back then were kind to you .

I remember a Wilson Ramos (I think)

I was at the Mount '68-'73 1st House & 4th House.

My Uncle

My Uncle John Joseph McLaughlin was place there in the 30's. He originally started out at St Agnes Home for Boys, in Spark Hill NY,but had some behavioral issues. He was approx age 8 when he went there and 16 when he left. Anyone have any memories? Knew him?

Ist Cottage and 4th Cottage the St, Peter Paul

I was at Mount Lorretto From 19 62 to 1972 does anyone rember Mr Murphy Mr Douglas Boy Scouts alter Boy Sister Mary Clare

Lenora Barbour

Hi,I am asking on my mothers request.My mom was born in 1935 by the age of 6 she was taken away from her mother with her sister Jackie her brother John and his brother Richard.I was wondering if it's true that if you played hookie from school a truant officer has the right to take the children to an orphanage.in this case Mnt.Loretto.. Does this make sense she told me that her grandfather wouldn't tell her mother where the children were....I was wondering if anyone knows how to find out the circumstances of and adoption.Thank you to who ever helps !!!

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