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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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Karen

How do i find out information with the dates and any info when my father was here at Mt Loretto's? I tried looking in the google search,no good info is coming up.If anyone knows any helpful tips for me please let know,Thx

I AM STILL SEARCHING FOR JOSE

I AM STILL SEARCHING FOR JOSE PADILLA HE USE TO BE @ M.I.V LAST I KNEW HE RELOCATED TO PUERTO RICO. SO JOSE IF YOU ARE OUT THERE PLEASE PLEASE GET A HOLD OF ME..ITS VERY INPORTANT THAT YOU DO...THANK YOU. GOD BLESS. DEBBIE

HEY, JOSE PADILLA YOUR

HEY, JOSE PADILLA YOUR BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP ON DEC. 21 I WANT TO WISH YOU A BLESSED BIRTHDAY STAY SAFE GOD BLESS DEBBIE ADODRNO

HEY , JOSE PADILLA YOUR

HEY , JOSE PADILLA YOUR BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP ON DEC. 21 I STILL REMEMBER. I WANT TO WISH YOU A BLESSED AND HEALTHY BIRTHDAY. GOD BLESS. DEBBIE ADORNO

SEARCHING FOR MY PARENTS

Michael Vidal and I had lived at Mount Loretta late 60's to 1977; both of us stayed at 10th Cottage. I am in the process of searching records on my parets, Michael and me but need help from Mount Loretta on how we got there?

Question about my Mother

I have a question. My birth mother was a resident there. Her name was Mona Lisa Smalls. Short, dark colored, lots of black hair and pretty. She was 15 and pregnant in 1981 and gave birth to me in 1982 in Manhattan, NY. I have 3 kids now and I am 30 yrs of age. I had an open adoption. I met Mona when I was young till the age of 4 or 5. But I was a kid then so I hardly remember details that long ago. I know that I was adopted after the last visit. I used to visit her there till I was adopted. I need to know about her past. My son is sick and it is important I find her because I have medically related questions and his life depends on it.

Mona Lisa Smalls

Shaniqua Have you ever found your mother. I work at Eastern CF and I believe that I know your brother (formerly Leroy Smalls) now known as Roy Burvick. He's looking for your(his) mom as well. I checked peoplefinders.com and located a Mona Lisa Smalls in Charleston, SC. Roy's sister is conducting a search as well. You may call Roy's adoptive mother , Ms Burvick, at 718 443 4325. Also, you may reach me at 347-996-4927 Thanks Bob Wurtzel

Im your sister shakia been

Im your sister shakia been adopted too trying to get in contact with you call me 347 3376738 Or email shakia.d.hamilton@gmail.com.or facebook shakia hamilton

Looking for my cousins

My cousins were put into an orphanage on Staten Island. There were 12 children in all, 4 boys and 8 girls. The last name was Roller. This was probably sometime in the 1950's. They were Charlie, Bobby, Freddy, Jimmy, Mary, Linda, Anita, Lorraine, Loretta, Carol, Janet and Delores. I'm not sure how many of them were placed there. If anyone remembers them, please leave a reply. Does anyone know what other orphanages were in existence on Staten Island in the 50's? Thanks so much for your help!

Eugene Molloy

My great-uncle's son, Eugene Molloy, appears to have been at the orphanage in 1910 (according to the census, where his surname is spelled Maloy). I would love to be able to have access to his records. Does anyone know how I could obtain access? He was about 13 at the time. He has been very elusive. He served during WWI in 1917/18. Thank you!

Mother 1909

Hi do you know how to research the info on your uncle my mom was there at the same time and I would love any help I can get to research her and her brothers her name was KATHERINE BRADY, JAMES AND MICHAEL were her brothers. Thank you ever so much.

REQUESTING PICTURES OF US AND ANY INFORMATION OF OUR PARENTS

Michael and Mario Vidal was placed by the state of NY about 1968 to 1977 in Mount Loretto. We are trying to get any pictures of us; and any information of our parents. Can anyone help us?

family tree info

Hello does anyone remember Lillian Guzman, Agatha Guzman, raymond Guzman, manny Guzman, and Albert Guzman? all went to Mount Lorreto. I am doing a family tree and would like to know if anyone may have pictures of them. 1949- 1955 should be around the time they stayed there. tashtash97@yahoo.com is where anyone with knowledge of them may contact me.

Hello does anyone remember

Hello does anyone remember Lillian Guzman, Agatha Guzman, raymond Guzman, manny Guzman, and Albert Guzman? all went to Mount Lorreto. I am doing a family tree and would like to know if anyone may have pictures of them. 1949- 1955 should be around the time they stayed there. tashtash97@yahoo.com is where anyone with knowledge of them may contact me.

guzman family

Hi, I have a brother who is a Guzman but he don't know any of his family. He's father's name is/was Luis Enrique Guzman. from Puerto Rico. He was also in Mount Loretto back in 1974 - 1976.

guzman family

Hi, I have a brother who is a Guzman but he don't know any of his family. He's father's name is/was Luis Enrique Guzman. from Puerto Rico. He was also in Mount Loretto back in 1974 - 1976.

mount loretto

hello my name is david perez and im trying to contact people that were at the mount with me and my brother gilbert perez so far im in contact with billy costales.if anyone was there from 1972 to 1981, 1982 please contact us at david perez facebook or at djdavid93@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you.

Hi, my name is Debbie I was

Hi, my name is Debbie I was in the mount from 74 - 80 The name Gilbert Perez sounds familiar. I was looking up your name on fb but there too many of them. So if you like you could email me back if you like and this way we could see if we even remember each other. and if we don't we r still mount loretto family.

Me

Hi my name is Latoya FLUDD I think you might have some info that I need plz call me at 570 728 0197

Manny Perez

I was in third house with a Manny Perez that was Dominican. I was in 1973-77. Do you know of him? Other Perez's sound familiar but Manny I definitely remember.

records

My Mom & uncle were sent to the orphange my mom was born in 1925 don't know what age she was sent. she was able to leave when she was 12 or 13. her name is Elvira Giacobone and her brother is Anthony F Giacobone. any 411 would help thanks! oh, my Mom said they were very nice to her but she said my uncle hated it...

Elvira or Anthony Giacobone

My Mom & uncle were at Mount Loretto. my mom was born in 1925 not sure when she was sent. she said she got out when she was 12 or 13 not sure. looking for records or pictures. oh she said they were very nice to her but her brother didn't like it. Thanks

Mt Loretto - 1907

Hello- I'm trying to find my father's long lost family. My Grandfather and his sister were "half orphans" and spent time at Mt Loretto. He left there around 1907, at the age of 12 --so he could work to support his sister and bring her home, too. We don't know anything about his family, we only have Grandpa's birth certificate. My father never met any extended family and we don't know my grandfather's sister's name. I don't suppose anyone is looking for relatives of Charles Michael Walsh? It's encouraging to see that records are available, and I just e-mailed the assistant director but I'm not sure if there are records from so long ago! From the information about Mt Loretto on the internet, it must have been an amazing place!

Mother 1909 Mt Loretto

Hi I am trying to find out how to get info about my mom and her two brother that was put into Mt Loretto about 1909 I know she was kept together with her brothers their and I grew up never knowing any information about her life there or how to get infor on her other than a birth certificate if you can tell me if found out any to locate info on your grandfather I would love to be able to research my mom and brothers for my family. I have 60 nieces and nephews to pass all my infor on that I have done so far.

Mother 1909 Mr Loretto

What was her surname. I also am looking for information about 2 brothers and a sister.

records from the 20s

My husbands grandfather's name was james reilly. I believe him and his brothers bernard and joseph were here in the 20s for a while. Can you tell me the address of who I need to contact to try to get records. Thank you.

Mount Loretta

My dad and his four brothers were in Mount Loretta around 1950. Can anyone tell me how I can get his records from Mount Loretta.

haunted?

My mother told me about Mt.Lorretto when she was a child . That passing it ,it was scary.Has anyone who lived there had paranormal activity?

hunted

NO I NEVER DID. BUT I HAVE A QUESTION? WHEN WAS YOUR MOTHER THERE AND WHAT IS HER NAME. I JUST WANT TO SEE IF MAYBE I MIGHT KNOW HER. THANK YOU

Charles Snyder

I'm looking for any information about Charles Snyder who was at Mission of the Immaculate Virgin from 1925 to around 1942, when he joined the army. Does anyone have any info about him or his life after he left the orphanage? Crossing my fingers... Thanks!

Mom lived there from 1946-47 to 1955

The nuns broke my mom's hip because she ran away with her sister like most 13 & 10 year olds would have tried to do. Mt Loretto leaves no good memories for our family! Mom lived her most of her life in pain because of the nuns harsh treatments! Anyone had a family member there during this time? Mom's name was Anne Marie O'brien. Her brothers Tom and kevin also went to Mt Loretto. Kevin died in Vietnam on January 9th 1969 several years after leaving the MT.

Mount Loretto

Nothing but terrible memories....I was there in 1955 to. 1960....Sister Helen was the worst.

Doug Striffolino at MIV 71 to 76

I was in 4th and 5th cottages; does anyone recall my name. had some great teenage friendships there but cannot recall many names. Names that come to mind now are, Michael and Michelle Black; Tito Colon, beleive he had a brother Herbie Colon, Freddie Pendagrass, Izzy, Larry Waldorf and his younger brother. Doug Striffolino

to doug.

I USED TO BE IN MOUNT LORETTO WITH MY SISTER DORCAS, BROTHERS, IZZY AND LUIS GUZMAN. DO YOU REMEMEBER EVELYN LOPEZ, MARIA REYES, LILLIAN PANIAGUA, REGINA ALEXANDER, LISA WILLIAM AND FONTIAN WILLIAM I COULD KEEP GOING WITH NAME THAT NAME HERBIE SOUND FAMILIAR.

My brother Edwin Ramos knows

My brother Edwin Ramos knows Maria Reyes adalena revera Maria domain Kathy hersia please get back to us the Ramos family

to Debbie

My dad remembers an Izzy, not sure if it's the same Izzy. He said he remembers after Izzy left ML he went on to work with Federal Express in Manhattan, had a sister with an afro but he can't remember her name. He said Izzy was with him and "the twins" Hector and Toni a lot, and Carmello Torez. He's been trying to find lost friends from there. If any oth this recollects your memory, please email me Babyblues985@gmail.com, he was in House 3 until they moved that. Was there from 73-78. In 78 he went AWOL and didn't come back..

MOISES

I DON'T THINK ITS THE SAME IZZY...MY BROTHER HAD AN AFRO, HE WAS PUERTO RICO VERY LIGHT SKIN. I HAD AN AFRO ALSO BUT, I AM VERY LIGHT SKIN ALSO. MY BROTHER WENT AWOL I AM NOT SURE IF HE STARTED WORKING IN MANHATTAN..ALL I KNOW IS THAT HE HAD MOVED TO FLORIDA WHERE A COUPLE OF GUYS TOOK HIS LIFE...SO I REALLY AM NOT SURE EITHER.

My father was in cottage 3

My father was in cottage 3 till they moved it. He was there from 73-78. In 78 he went AWOL with his brother Jose and they never went back. He also had a brother Migel. He remembers an Izzy, Carmello Torez, Manny Perez, the twins Hector and Toni, Maria, and many more. He has been looking for any pictures from back then, and old friends. If you could email me babyblues985@gmail.com

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? Jm_gonzalez@aol.com

1967-1969

any remember house 1 from 1967 1969

Yes the Ramos family

Yes the Ramos family

SALUDOS DESDE NUEVA YORK!!

SALUDOS DESDE NUEVA YORK!! Does anyone remember Zoraida Rodriguez, America Marquez, Empera Vigoya, or Miriam Adorno? But especially Zoraida? Please email us at pmramirez101@hmamail.com Besitos a todos!

Morreale sisters, Darlene, Rosemary, Teresa and Virginia 60-67

My mother and her sisters were at MIV 1960-67. Only one of my aunts is still alive. I would love any memories about them. The Morreale sisters basically grew up there. My uncle Charlie only stayed for a year or two.

Morreale sisters 60-67

I'd love any information about my mother and her sisters, Rosemary, Darlene, Teresa and Virginia.

Hi I'm trying to find my

Hi I'm trying to find my sister i never met all I knw her name was ella teresa Torrence she was given to a counselor at mt loretta mothers name is Lucy fathers name Vance Torrence any info please contact me

Ralph Demas/Dimas

My father Ralph Demas was in the Mount Loretta Orphanage from approximately 1939 to 1954. I am looking for information concerning his stay there. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him or anyone that might have information about his past. My email address is bevcrom@gmail.com. Thank you

anyone know

Hi does anyone knows the where abouts of Jose Padilla he had a brother name Luis Padilla and a sister i think it was carmen..if anyone knows about jose padilla can you cmail me @ dkingofking2001@yahoo.com thank you its very important to me to find him..

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

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