Saint Vincent de Paul
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national championship probably some time in
the 1940s. The competition they won was held in Florida and Fr. W took the
group by bus to Florida for the successful event. When word reached the
parish that they had won the national championship and the bus would be
returning to the Parish probably about midnight to 2 a.m. hundreds of us
from the Parish lined 47 St. from Ave. B to C to greet them returning. It
was a proud moment for all of us. The teenage dances every Wed. night were
a great draw also.
night Bingo was one of the most popular ones in the city. I had a
grandmother who traveled by train from Cranford to attend Friday night
Fr. W, I believe was initially named
pastor of St. Paul's Church in Jersey City but soon after was assigned as
pastor at St. Andrew's in Bayonne from where he retired. I left Bayonne in
1957 after several years of marriage and am not up to date with Bayonne
Life after that period. I also believe Fr. Neilon** was made pastor of the
church in South Orange NJ. These 2 priests remained close friends for life
and I am told that they retired together to Florida. I cannot verify this
but local gossip can be very accurate.
The Website administrator on behalf of the entire parish would like to express our most sincere and heartfelt appreciation to the parishioner that took time to email us her valuable recollections that have in fact brought us all back to the year of 1933 when she was a child. Thank you and May Our Lord bless you always.
Bayonne's St. Vincent de Paul Church earns state and national landmark
This is a reprint of the Jersey Journal article about the landmark designations and you can view the photos at this link: http://photos.nj.com/jersey-journal/2011/10/st_vincent_de_paul_church_in_b_2.html
Preservation news like this is quite uncommon: the state and federal landmark designation of a major architectural monument in Hudson County.
All the more reason to be left breathless and numb at the news coming out of Bayonne last week that St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church -- a truly magisterial work of ecclesiastical architecture on Avenue C between 46th and 47th streets -- was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
This is major.
Receiving the exciting news via email, I immediately imagined -- and wished for, as all preservationists do -- a domino landmarking effect, where Bayonne's worthy meritorious architectural menagerie -- Mount Carmel Polish Catholic Church, the Mechanic's Trust Company Building, the Bayonne Bridge, St. Henry's Roman Catholic Church -- is given the attention and resources it deserves.
But that, I quickly came to accept, is a crucial civic campaign for tomorrow. Today belongs to the parish of St. Vincent de Paul and the three passionate preservationists who came together to pursue the Registers no matter the red-tape obstacles.
TOWARD A LANDMARKING
But the real roots to their landmarking drive reach back to 2007 when Priscilla, an accomplished architectural scholar, and Peter, a professional photographer, had a eureka-moment conversation.
Walking through the barrel-vaulted central nave of St. Vincent de Paul -- I was there to interview them for an extended article about the church's stained-glass masterworks crafted nearly 80 years before by the Irish genius Harry Clarke -- the two archivists, caught up in a spatial enthusiasm that only sacred spaces can conjure, looked at each other and announced, all at once, a National Register undertaking.
That was the last I had heard of it.
Not long after, they called on their friend and colleague, Carmela, an esteemed professor of history at New Jersey City University and author of Internet-based monographs about local landmarks and legends.
Over the next three and a half years, all three guided and mentored each other through the depths of the draft writing process. Peter pointed his lens at Clarke's "Savage Beauty"-like figures above the apse, capturing awesome images of shadow-jeweled saints and long-necked feathered figures straight out of Edgar Allan Poe tales and German Expressionism films.
Diving into the parish's history, they discovered and wove into their narrative the names and effigies of founders, planners, builders, decorators. In a flowing style filled with amazing descriptions and terminology, Priscilla, the report's lead author, captured the parish's beginnings in 1894 as an uptown church for Irish residents. In her masterful rendition, Father Joseph Dolan comes to life as a well-traveled priest obsessed with Romanesque architecture.
The Boston-based medieval revival architect Charles Maginnis draws plans for a finely formed Lombardy-Romanesque edifice. Harry Clarke, already at the height of his European fame, sends North America his only complete set of radically rendered stained-glass windows -- a clerestory-climbing collection not merely regarded today as a muted repository but as a sentient museum of rare Clarke church glass.
In 2010, the trio submitted a final draft nomination report for St. Vincent de Paul Church to Trenton for several hearings and deliberations. It was then forwarded to the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., where, as expected, the illustrated document was placed in a high pile of other reports from around the country.
The waiting game -- a painful part of preservation -- had begun.
GIFT TO BAYONNE
"I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to preserve a magnificent piece of history and architecture for my hometown," Priscilla says.
"The designation of St. Vincent's as a landmark brings a sense of pride to the city as it strives to preserve its history," Carmela says.
They realize that one of the most lasting gifts we can ever extend to a municipality is an architectural monument -- indigenous in its plan and materiality, deeply connected to the citizenry, stemming from the social fabric, seeped in the steps of nostalgia.
St. Vincent de Paul Church, its candied campanile cone illuminated at night, is that very gift -- bestowed by three heroic historians who joined scholarly forces in an act of architectural fate.
Editor's Note: The author acknowledges that no building reaches landmark status without the participation of many. The Rev. James Manos, St. Vincent de Paul's former pastor, assisted archivists throughout the application process. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, under the leadership of Troy J. Simmons, Patrimony Project Manager, are to be recognized for their support. And, most pivotal, parishioners were the key to the National Register.
The following 3 pages are found in the extensive application for Landmark status. These pages contain the historic timeline of the founding of the church:
Timeline of the founding history of Saint Vincent de Paul Church and the advent of Catholicism in Bayonne:
We don’t exactly know when the old more modest wooden rectory that was on the 47th St. side of the church and the Victorian convent house on the 46th St. side were torn down.
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