Photo: Pamela Subizar

Revered Mott Haven church closes 

Religion April 14, 2019 at 12:12 pm 0 comments

On the busy sidewalk, volunteers distributed juice, pasta, rice, and other nutrition essentials from the church basement, to families who said they came every Wednesday. The pantry’s organizers say that some 200 families have visited the pantry regularly. 

Photo by Sonia Col

Alexander Ave. mosque vandalized again

Police, Religion June 14, 2018 at 7:20 pm 0 comments

The Masjid Ebun Abass Mosque on the corner of Alexander and Third avenues was damaged by BB pellet shootings during the holy period of Ramadan. The police have classified the acts of vandalism as hate crimes and the mosque is now being guarded around the clock by officers from the 40th Precinct.

Courtesy of The Mercy Center

Mercy Center remembers Sister Mary Ann Dirr

Religion March 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm 0 comments

The idea for a center began when Sister Mary Ann came to Mott Haven to serve as a pastoral associate at St. Pius V in the mid-’80s. She provided counseling services for mothers and children, sensing a need for unity among the women.

An advertisement on the subway warns the public about illegal drugs laced with fentanyl. Photo: Kalah Siegel

Genesis of Bronx harm reduction: the church

heroin-2018, Religion February 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm 0 comments

Needle exchange programs were illegal in the United States at the time, despite their documented success by both the Government Accountability Office and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The parking lot at the corner of East 142nd Street and St. Ann's Avenue.

Pastor, city square off over church parking lot

Housing, Religion January 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm 0 comments

A protracted rift between a Mott Haven church and the housing department over the fate of a city-owned parking lot boiled over when a developer and a housing official clashed with the church’s popular pastor at a meeting of Community Board 1. The board voted down a proposal for anRead More

   Love Thy Neighbor: local churches share worship space

  Love Thy Neighbor: local churches share worship space

Religion November 19, 2017 at 11:25 am 0 comments

As three churches share the ground floor space of a 100-year-old building on a rotating schedule, their arrangement allows each congregation to operate within budget and toward long-term goals.

Volunteer teachers Yohan Garcia, Puri Padilla, and Adela Paredes help out at St. Jerome H.A.N.D.S.' weekly food pantry for immigrants and families in need.  Photo: Allyson Escobar

Immigrants receive a helping hand

Immigration, Religion November 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm 0 comments

H.A.N.D.S. opened in 2008, as a result of the efforts of St. Jerome’s late pastor, Father John Grange, and the Sisters of St. Jerome congregation. The center serves as a safe space for hundreds of immigrant families from the neighborhood.

By Michael H. Wilson.

St. Roch members continue fight for their church

Religion May 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm 0 comments

The Archdiocese’s decree states that the church would remain “open for public worship,” but that “Masses and other sacraments will not be celebrated on a regular basis at the church of Saint Roch.”