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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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i was in that house at that

i was in that house at that time, i remember our dog snoopy. i was one of the little guys at the time. miss Clare worked there At the time. another guy there with us was Freddy. also Raymond, Angel. hit me om my email bcq2317@verizon.net

I'm Freddy

Am I the Freddy that you remember? I was a little guy. I remember a dog named Skippy that belonged to Miss Margaret.

1St house

Do you remember Mr Jim in the first house

Mt. Loretto, 1966-1968

Did anyone attend Mt. Loretto School from 1966 until 1968? I am looking for old acquaintances. My name is Anna Garcia. My maiden name was Anna Castro and my nickname was "Sweet Pea".

I remember you

Hi Anna, You used to hang out with Iris Burgos back in the day at the Mount. I still have a photo of all of us on the Staten Island ferry while trying to look cool with sun glasses on. Gina was my girlfriend back than. We have three children and four grandchildren now. Contact me. Willie

Hi Anna

We hung out together along with Iris at the Mount. Contact me.

Morreale sisters 60-67

Do you remember any of the Morreale sisters? Rosemary, Darlene, Teresa and Virginia? They're my family and I'm hoping to hear any memories about them. Only one sister is still alive.

Wasn't a nice place to my mother

My mother was there in the 1940s when she was 6 and was abused by a priest and beaten when she told about it. Her brother was also abused on the boys side. All my mothers file says is that she was bad bad bad. She did escape there and found her way back to her mother. She said this was a terrible place. Im glad that not everyone was abused there.

My Dad had a terrible experience

My father and my uncle were there in the late 40's, and were between the ages of 6 and 8 years old. They have terrible memories of abuse there. They would constantly be beaten and they were never fed. They said they would sneak out on to the beach and eat out of the garbage pails. It hurts me so much to hear the terrible stories, and believe me there wasn't one pleasant memory and they were there for a few years.

Mission of the Immaculate Virgin

My grandmother Elizabeth Harding was at the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin, apparently the same site as Mt.Loretto, in 1920. I just read that there was a 100 year anniversary. Does anyone have any pictures of that year, or know my grandmother? She never spoke of her life there and she didn't even know how she ended up there. She died in 1994 and my mother died in 1991; I am trying to do a family tree for my daughter and regret not asking either one before they died more about the history. My email is LPN6260@Yahoo.com Thanks.

hello do you know me?

Hello, My name is Roslyn and I was a resident at MIV from I believe 1982-1984 on and off. my nickname was Sugar. I wish I could remember the names of some of the staff there, I remember what they looked like, but don't recall names. I remember Mr. Mac he was I think a gym teacher, but was very large. he was very kind and funny and everyone loved him. I am hoping to find someone who might remember me or was there at the time when I was there. some of the names of the girls and boys that were there when I was were, Freddy Martinez (lucan), Gloria Earl (freddy's girlfriend) we used to call her butter, Felipe, a girl we used to call littlebit (felipe's girlfriend), Ebony, John RC, Gina, Yolanda, Luis. there were two sisters there I cannot recall their names, but one of them had an accident in the pool and passed away from the trauma. Does anyone remember any of these people? MIV made a great difference in my life. despite my shortcomings I was glad that MIV was a great part of my life and provided great memories for me.

yes i believe i do

Yes mac was one of the coolest consulers up there most of time he was at the gym with Ruddy. and they had the boxing ring in back were tony use to practice. and me and andre would play padlleball in the gym. and the sister who survived is name alicia it was her sister who went swimming at nite alledgly and drowned. i remember going to the canteen near the pool in the summer. do you remember gladys or her sister betty. and what house where you in?

Hello! I forget which

Hello! I forget which house.. I think it was either st. Anns or St. Mary's .. which ever one was in the back that's the one I was in. If I think I remember the girls. I remember going to the Canteen as well.. how are you?

Hello! I forget which

Hello! I forget which house.. I think it was either st. Anns or St. Mary's .. which ever one was in the back that's the one I was in. If I think I remember the girls. I remember going to the Canteen as well.. how are you?

Hello! I forget which

Hello! I forget which house.. I think it was either st. Anns or St. Mary's .. which ever one was in the back that's the one I was in. If I think I remember the girls. I remember going to the Canteen as well.. how are you?

the sisters

i was up there when it happened the sister that is alive is named Alicia. i was in 10th house.vulkan5@yahoo.com

you were in 10th? may I

you were in 10th? may I ask.. do you remember your housemates? what were their names? Maybe I may know some of them.. i probably remember you too? how is life treating you??

the mount

Hi Roslyn, you sound familiar to me..although I barely remember anything from them days..I remember a counselor by the name Brett Copp and Raul, another man, Forrest White...a resident named Angie...can't remember much though

I was there then her name was

I was there then her name was Valerie Rip I would be so great to see some of you guys from the mount I had the most fun time of my life living there....

looking for my dad

I was an orphan and was put into foster care as an infant. I am looking to meet Scottie Williams, He dated Josey aka Josephine Cruz. They both grew up in mount loretto group homes. She was my mother and she tells me that Scottie is my father and he is from Brooklyn N.Y. I would love to just meet him. So many people tell me different stories about him. No matter what I want to hear him tell me his story.

Former Mt. kid...

I was 12 yrs. old when I came to Mt. Loretto along with my three brothers, Vincent, Charlie, and Peter. It was in 1963 that we arrived and my siblings stayed there until 1967. I left in 1965, I had run away to pursue my lifelong dream. I later became a famous boxer and actor. My name is Chu Chu Malave. I'm now 60 yrs. old, a writer. My book "The Longhaired Boxer" is currently making the rounds for publication. In my book I write about Mt. Loretto. I have fond memories being there and I will be forever impacted in a positive way being there for 3 yrs. Chu Chu Malave...

Hey Chu Chu

We grew up at the Mount together back in the 60's. You never did stop sparring in the gym back in the day. I also remember your bro Vinnie, a boxer also. I even remember the NY Golden Gloves bout that was never fought againt Vinnie. I remember watching your fight with Buchanan.... One more punch and you would have been a World Champion. Met up with your older bro Rafael during the 100th MIV Reunion dinner. We sat at the same table with Victor Calderon, Gloria Rosado. My home email is mivkid@indy.net

I Know you

I remember you, Chu Chu. You dated my aunt, Iris Reyes for a while. She was 2 years older than I was. I left in 1967 and am now 58 years old. I also ran into you once In Los Angeles. I'll have to check out your book.

Morreale sisters 60-67

Do you remember the Morreale sisters, Rosemary, Darlene, Teresa or Virginia?

Worst place in the world

I went to ML when i was 12 years old. I was one of the youngest and one of the very few girls among many boys there in about 1996. This place was the worst place in the world for me. I was sexually assault in the halls and basement where they had the lunchroom almost everyday. I was afraid to go to school but i couldnt tell my grandmother at the time. I was there from the age of 12-about 14 when i tried to kill myself so that i would be put in the hospital because i couldnt go back for another summer. Even had one of my para's trying to have sex with me. sick huh! I regret not telling someone then cause its all i think about now that im 26. In an out of mental hospital from 14-18. ML is the devil in my eyes.

hi

hi michelle im sorry to hear that i would like to speak to your about this situation is there an email where i can contact you . or even telephone number thank you so much

hi please send me your email

hi please send me your email would like to hear your story

Anyone remember Mary and Dorothy Schneider

My grandmother and her sister were in the orphanage back in the late 1920's/early 1930's. Does anyone remember them? Mary and Dorothy Schneider. Does anyone have any pictures from back then? Thank you.

i lived in mt loretto

Hi i was a recipient at mt loretto from 1980 to 1981 then i moved to a group home.I was the whitest thing there at the time and passed my days fighting to earn respect i remember this one guy named willie hall he and i fought from the barracks to the infirmary. I had a girl friend named cookie. wow mad memoried were are these people today?

Mount Loretto little children about 1935-6

My mother and her 5 sisters were sent to Mount Loretto when their mother got sick and then died between 1934 - 1937. They may have lived there for 1 or 2 years before they were sent to Little Flower in Wading River, NY. Does anyone reading this remember the Fernandez sisters from Manhattan? I am writing about them now and would love to learn more about them and that period of their lives.

lost memories

AFTER READING ABOUT MARY STORY OF HOW SISTER HELEN ALMOST THREW HER OUT THE WINDOW THAT'S CRAZY. WELL I WONDER IF I WAS ABUSED WHEN I WAS THERE CAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS I CAN'T REMEMBER. AND THEN I BE HAVING FLASH BACK ABOUT SOME RED SHINY SHOE AND DON'T LIKE IT CAUSE WHAT COME TO MIND IS THAT I WAS FORCED TO WEAR REALLY TIGHTED RED SHOE BUT I DONT KNOW IF THAT WHAT HAPPENED OR IF I JUST IMAGINATING IT..WHEN I WAS THERE I MET JOSE PADILLA WE DATED HE TOOK MY VIRGINTY AND I BECAME PREGNANT BY HIM. HE DENIED HIS CHILD. I ENDED UP PUTTING HIM FOR ADOPTION BUT FOUND HIM LAST YEAR ON FATHER'S DAY JUNE 20 2010 HE WOULD LIKE TO MEET HIS DAD..AFTER JOSE I DATED MART ROBINSON AND HAD 2 KIDS WITH HIM WE ARE NO LONGER TOGETHER BUT WE DO STAY IN TOUCH. NOW JOSE HAD A BROTHER THERE ALSO NAMED LUIS PADILLA. IF ANYONE OUT THERE REMEMBER THEM AND KNOWS THERE WHERE ABOUTS AND IF YOU JOSE IS OUT THERE PLEASE GET IN CONTACT WITH ME AT MY EMAIL. dkingofking2001@yahoo.com

I remember you!!!!!

My Name is David Rodriguez; I was friends with you; Mart; Jessica and we were very close. So close, that we wouldn't let anyone else in our circle; i lived in St. Antony's on the senior side of the Mount. I have fond memories of you and Mart..even jessica. Please e-mail me when you have time ( blacksky30@optonline.net)

Luis Ibarra I didn't know

Luis Ibarra I didn't know that your brother Sammy passed sorry to hear that when did he passed and he was young still can I ask what happened?

I'm sorry to hear about your

I'm sorry to hear about your brother Sammy; I knew him well; I last saw him in 1980, he lived in a building next door to me. We hung out from time to time, he was a good friend; even when we were at mount Loretto. Your brother and I would run like a couple of crazy people through the streets of New york back in the 80's; he was still a the strongest guy I knew and no one would mess with him. David

HI, ANYONE THAT WAS IN M.I.V

HI, ANYONE THAT WAS IN M.I.V WHEN I WAS THERE PLEASE CAN ANYONE TELL ME IF THERE REMEMBER JOSE AND LUIS PADILLA I WAS THERE FROM 1974 - 1980. OR HIS SISTER'S NAME...I REALLY NEED TO GET A HOLD OF JOSE..ITS VERY IMPORTANT. IN ADDITION TO THAT DOES ANYONE KNOWS HOW I COULD GET A YEARBOOK FROM WHEN I GRADUATED FROM ST. JOSEPH HIGH (P.S. 25)? THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS ALL OF MIV KIDS... DEBBIE

Hi Debbie; i can't help with

Hi Debbie; i can't help with Jose; but I would love to see the picture you took of me and Mart with you and Jessice during the graduation...do you remember, we went to stay in Jessica's room in the bronx. I was in the Band...its so good to know that your alright; my mom alway thought you were the strong one among our little group. David

wow davd do u no how long i

wow davd do u no how long i been searching for u even mart asked me about you..do u have facebook? cause i am on facebook under deborah perez....and the picture sorry don't have it lost i lot of my old pictures..email me or look me up at fb. r u still in florida?

I was in Mount Loretto: from

I was in Mount Loretto: from 1974 to 1980; I remember the good times; they finally finished rebuiling the church and we were able to see it return to glory. One of my councellors was Jerry Conforty; he was alway good to me; the cottage where I lived was St.Anthony's, that house was considered the brotherhood. Mount Loretto taught me what (Brotherhood) truely meant; I had a great time learning the things I didn't learn at home. It wasn't until I attended Mount loretto, that I learned how important it was to get a good education; in fact, I didn't like school at all until I went there. At mount Loretto; the winters was cold and the summers was hot, but I always had joy in my life. It wasn't always sunshine and rainbows; i saw my share of restriction and other punishments, it was usually for something stupid that I've done; this was part of growing up. I've read a lot of (Horror stories) in these pages; my heart goes out to those people who had bad expieriances and I hope that God will watch over you always, as for me, some of the things that happened to me there allowed me to grow as a person, both good and bad. There are so many people who went through mount loretto and if a small percentage of us are doing well, then they have acheived Fr. Drumgooles dream, and that is to help as many people that they can, I am greatful to be one of them.

me too. i've have learn what

me too. i've have learn what life is all about..i had good friends there such as david rodriguez, jessica lorenzano, dorothy arwine, and my boyfriend at the time mart robinson, i still stay in touch with mart cause of coarse i had a daughter with him...mount loretto was good to me...

I've reached out to Debbie

I've reached out to Debbie and Mart; Jessica is still missing in action; it is so good to know that you are all alright. We have lots of memories to catch up on; I may even have a few pictures of Mount Loretto to share with you all...this is great; 30 years later...the Crew is still in touch; God is Good. David

I am soooo happy that we

I am soooo happy that we finally found each other again. It is good to find your old but very YOUNG still at heart. I am happy that we are sharing our picutes of the old and new times. I am going to plan a trip to new york so we could all meet my kids you and nancy. I can't wait to meet nancy.

In there from 73-78

My dad Moe was in there from 73-78. I've been searching on here for people from back then for him. He said he always considered the crew his brothers even after he went AWOL from there in 78 and didn't go back. He had two brothers there with him, his brother Migel and his brother Jose Muniz. Alot of ppl he mentioned remembering were Manny Perez, Izzy, The twins Hector and Toni, Carmella Torez. There's many people he remembers. He recalls a lot of very bad memories but said at the same time there was a lot of good. He said it gave him family like a brother hood, that to this day he would consider his brothers. He was an alter boy and was in building 3. Was wondering if there would be any way I could find any sort of pictures from back then. If anyone has any memories, pics, recollections, anything, my email is Babyblues985@gmail.com

Just Another Alumni

I was at MIV from 1960 to 1967. I attended St. Aloysius and was an altar boy at the church. My favorite nun was Sister Mary Claire. I spent the first few years in the second cottage then moved up to the fifth cottage before going over to the intermediate side. Although I was frequently bullied, I still thought the experience was far better than the alternative. For those of you on Facebook, you may want to check out this link. http://www.facebook.com/groups/MountLorettoAlumni/?id=197895976947032&notif_t=group_activity

Was at the Mount from 71 to

Was at the Mount from 71 to 75 I lived in St Francis, My nick name was Fish I do miss my old friends like Herbie colon, Maritza roman, Edna Rodriguez John Carue and Lydia Rodriguez. I also do Miss my Barber shop teacher Mr Lemondola.. Right now im trying to get a copy of my Diploma or a Letter of Credentails can anyone help me in this matter? Well I had a lot of fun there and met so many wonderful people. 1 love always to my Mount Family..

Harry Smith

My uncle, Harry Smith, lived at Mt. Loretta and was the driver for the monsignor I believe in the early 1900's. Does anyone know anything about him while living at the Mount?

miv duval/cottage a/ and 10th house

I was at the mount from 80-82 were in a few of the house back in the day.I have good and bad memories from there but more good then bad. I remember people who had an impact on my life like E(mac)McMillan/ Rudy T/ mario/ the blackwood brothers and carlton and paul vroom with the white galaxy 500 with the holes in the florr so you saw the ground go by as he drove lol.Counsoler we Called MR T who never got richard Vasquaze name right. and every ones favorite in 10th house keitheese with the teafees with the big banna yellow caddy.names of people I remember Batts/clam/A Hillard/ wolfy/ frank/little victor/ kevin aka life understanding/ richy/jerry/ rock/.more counselors hansan/ kevin conroy/ genola.here is an e-mail to contact me vulkan5@yahoo.com

I left in 1980; but i

I left in 1980; but i remember Mr. MacMillan; he used to drive that Lincoln continental; the fire engine red with the white top. I used to detail his car for him back in the day. I also remember hanson Weston; Gerry Conforti; peace and love to you; i hope you are doing well now; that place touched many lives. David.

david perez

hi david. my name is david perez I left in 1981 and I remeber those people. also father eugene mangan.I was a alter boy.Im also in contact with billy costales.my brother gilber perez was also there with us.if u remember us hit us up on facebook or email me at djdavid93@gmail.com.

so do you remember Freddy

so do you remember Freddy Martinez>

Its Bezo

Its Bezo

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