Saturday, February 4, 2012

Holy Spirit, University Avenue




The above photos were taken in February, 2012.
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See page 475 for the Church of the Holy Spirit on the east side of University Avenue, near West Burnside Avenue, founded 1901. Page 586 describes the successful efforts against abandonment, fires, and destruction, largely through the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. The neighborhood is busy with residents and shoppers.
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The rectory address is 1940 University Avenue, Bronx NY 10453, telephone 718-583-0120. University Avenue is also known as Dr. Martin L. King Blvd. West Burnside Avenue zig-zags as it crosses University Avenue, and Holy Spirit is between the zig and the zag!
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The parish website, quite informative, is linked here.
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In the first decades of the 20th century, vacant land in The Bronx soon became scarce.  Several Catholic churches were designed as combination buildings, fitting a church within a school.  In this instance, it appears that the architect put three functions within five stories: a church, a school, and a lofty convent.

7 comments:

Joann Scarlet said...

I went to this school in the 50's. I remember the Aqueduct near by. It was a short cut to school.

Just LOU said...

I also went to this school in the 50's, remember Father Manning, I was an Alter boy and sister Margaret Joseph,my favorite teacher. we lived on cedar ave and walked to school every day, also remember the Aqueduct and the convent used to be on the east side where I spent a few evenings correcting my home work.

Zoey Gonzalez said...

I went to this school in 2009, since pre-k, I miss it so much. Now, I'm 4th grade and I go to church in HSS. I remeber Miss. Miller and Mr. Dezone and much more...

Christopher Jones said...

My Grandparents (William Lyon McLaughlin
and Anna Claire Vitali) were married at Holy Spirit on Sept 2, 1926. How can I find a copy of their Wedding\Marriage Certificate at the Church?

Joe Mcmahon said...

To: Mr Christopher Jones
Obtaining a wedding/marriage certificate through the parish office should be easy because it is a routine matter. However, do not phone today, Good Friday, because the office staff will be otherwise occupied. Wait until Monday. Telephone 718-583-0120 to learn how the staff would like you to proceed. They may require a fee, and they may require some identification. Also, you may wish to see the parish website http://www.holyspiritchurchbx.org/

Best wishes. Joe

Main Street Exchange said...

Just found my Certificate of Baptism in my some of my mothers old records. I was baptized at Holy Spirt in 1956 by Rev. Bernard McSherry.

Terry Williams said...

U only been to this school/church for psalms Sunday. Passed by it millions of times. A lifetime resident of Morris Heights area.

Just Lou, have you any photos on Cedar Ave in those years (1950s)? I live in the area - nearby complex - and would to see what it looked like then.