Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
As you look past the statue of Father Drumgoole and let your gaze drift down to the bay, you will see the property that comprised the “Girls’ Side” of the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin. The building pictured here, St. Elizabeth’s, was home for thousands of Mount Loretto girls from its opening in 1899 until it was closed in 1990.
Father Drumgoole envisioned the Girls’ Side as a way to provide a home for the growing number of girls who could not come to the mission because of lack of space in the old inn that had become their home. He did not live to see it built, but his creation of St. Joseph’s Union made it all possible. When Archbishop Corrigan imparted a blessing on the home from the Holy Father Leo XIII, the funding for the entire project was already well underway. Monsignor Dougherty, the second Director of the Mission, expressed his faith in the ambitious project because “God’s little girls have been praying for a new Home and their prayers have always been heard.”
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The Sisters of St. Francis have always been an integral presence at Mount Loretto. Many Sisters arrived at the Mount to be of service and were like mothers to the children who lived here. We will always remember their love, devotion, prayerful ways and the joy the Sisters brought to the children who made the Mission their home.
On this date, September 17, 2005, The Mount Loretto Alumni Association grateful dedicates this plaque to the memory of all the Sisters of St. St. Francis who made the Mission their home too.
Erected 2005 by The Mount Loretto Alumni Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Churches & Religion.
Location. 40° 30.675′ N, 74° 13.242′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6581 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bells of the Church of Saints Joachim and Ann (a few steps from this marker); The Church of Saint Joachim – Saint AnnCYO Memorial Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Rev. John C. Drumgoole. (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Loving Memory of Sister Mary Ann (about 600 feet away); Mount Loretto History (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Loretto Bluffs (approx. half a mile away); Staten Island Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
Also see . . .
1. Sisters of St. Francis - Our History. Organization website. (Submitted on September 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. St. Elizabeth's at Mount Loretto: Memories of a 1930s resident. Staten Island Advance entry. (Submitted on September 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. Shrine of the Immaculate Virgin. Atlas Obscura entry. (Submitted on September 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.