Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Updates from Holy Name in Brooklyn, St Elias in Brampton, Ontario, and Providence Cathedral

Back in January, we reported that the church of the Holy Name of Jesus in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, had undertaken the process of undoing the wreckovation inflicted on it in 1980. We have just received word this this coming Sunday, the church will hold its formal re-dedication ceremony, celebrated by His Excellency Nicholas di Marzio, the Bishop of Brooklyn.
On Sunday May 18th at 3:00 PM, Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, serving the Windsor Terrace community for the past 135 years, will be re-dedicated in a special Mass with His Excellency the Most Reverend Nicholas Di Marzio, Ph.D., D.D. presiding. At the center of the ceremony will be the unveiling of the renovated church featuring the unique combination of humble architectural charm with bold neo-Romanesque features, Corinthian columns, and historic altarpieces transferred and restored from the former St. Vincent de Paul Church of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The showcasing of the restored church is both of historical and spiritual importance. The historical importance is that the altarpieces were designed by James Renwick, Jr., the renowned 19th century architect who also designed the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Manhattan. James Renwick, Jr.’s altarpieces are remarkable examples of detailed Gothic sculpture that were constructed concurrently with the founding and building of Holy Name of Jesus Church in the 1800s. The spiritual importance is that this re-dedication marks two years of project planning and implementation supported by the parish community under the leadership of Rev. James K. Cunningham, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus. This re-dedication ceremony will formally kick-off a yearlong series of events focusing on celebrating the call of the new evangelization in Brooklyn, themed “Celebrating Our Vision.”
If you would like more information about this event, please contact Nick Sisto at (718) 768-3071, (917) 859-5156, or email at
A new stained-glass window in preparation. 
The new altar being installed. (Both photographs from the parish’s facebook page, documenting the restoration project.)
A reminder that if you are undertaking a similar project to unwreckovate a church, NLM will be glad to report it. Please send pictures (large format) and other documentation to me at

In April, we reported the sad news of the almost complete destruction by fire of St Elias the Prophet Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Brampton, Ontario. Recently, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kiev-Halych, and leader of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, visited the parish, which is soldering on under a tent as they prepare to rebuild.

Finally, Fr Jay Finelli, a.k.a. the iPadre, has posted to his site more pictures from the EF Pontifical Mass recently celebrated in the Cathedral of Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the celebrations for the church’s 125th anniversary. (Photos by Mark Garrepy)
The two bishops emeritus of Providence; on the left, His Excellency Robert Mulvee, coadjutor from 1995-1997, and ordinary from 1997-2005, and his predecessor, His Excellency Louis Gelineau, ordinary from 1972-1997.

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