Mount Loretto orphanage

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  1. dianne says:

    My grandfather was raised at Mt Loretto around 1880’s early 1890’s His name was Thomas Francis Harding born in 12/31/1880. Do you have any old records that I can obtain info from.
    Thanks and have a super day…

  2. Maureen Miller says:

    I have asked several times for this information – I am looking for information on Sister Margaret Mary (Grace Kelly) and sister Theresa Carmel (Anne Kelly) who were both principals of each boys and girls school at the same time in the late 40’s early 50’s. Anything you can send me would be appreciated. They are cousins. Parents were Tom and Matilda Kelly.

    • David Gazard says:

      Hello my name is David Gazard .my mother in law and her siblings were also at Mt Lorretto during that period. Please let us know if you have any information that could help us find more information on my wife’s mom. Thank you

  3. rita and theresa schiavone says:

    anyone who might remember rita or theresa schiavone from 1942—- 1950???
    please e-mail us
    or if a family member might have memories they would like to share we would love to get in touch

  4. David Gazard says:

    My mother in law and her siblings were at Mount Loretta during theor teen years, I am looking for information about my mother in law Cecilia Zito, her sisters Phillis Zito,Josephine and Nancy Zito and their brother Gabe Zito. Any information about the parents and granparents would be welcomed. I believe Father Pavis was also at Mount Loretta during this time. Thank you.

  5. Barbara Martin says:

    I was living at Saint Elizabeth’s girls orphanage, mount loretto, Statten island, New York. I was there from 1966-1970 I have a silly question. I was in the junior and the intermediate doors, the girl used to say “NA-BUT” As if to use it as “I am just kidding” What I want to know was it a Spanish work or some word they made up. I would love to know, if any of you girls remember. Email me at Thank you.

  6. My two brothers and I were in Farmindale from 1955 – 1956 and in 1956 we were moved to Mount Loretto from 1956 – 1958. We have been trying to find any residents during that period but so far have had no luck. Any info would be appreciated.

    • My sister may know you her name was Natividad everyone called her {Tivi} She was the best sports athlete on the girls side { St Elizabeth } and the boys side {St Joseph}. look it up in the archives. I am still so proud of her.

    • Caroline LaMarr Rittwager says:

      Hi my name is Caroline La Marr ( Rittwager ),
      I was at the Mount and Graduated 8th grade in 1957, I lived at the Villa on the back road. Do u visit in September
      for Alumni celebration? I can be contacted via my Email. C
      September 15, 2018 will be the next Alumni celebration on the boy side from 12:30pm Mass in the church and the
      refreshments after, with music also. If u are interested contact me and will let u know all the details.
      Best Caroline LaMarr ( Rittwager mount name.

  7. Johanna Abbruzzese says:

    My father passed away when I was fifteen yrs of age. I just found out he and his siblings were left at mount loretto in and around the 1930s. The family had two spellings of the names My father was John Abramowsky, My uncle was Stanley Ambrowski, aunt Helen Ambrowski, uncle Joseph Amrowski. I would appreciate any information you can provide me. Thank you Johanna C.(Abramowsky) Abbruzzese.

  8. Rosemay K. Morgan says:

    Looking for information on Joseph Bernard Duffy 1882 – 1954
    Sister is Kitty Durbin
    not sure if “Duffy” is adopive parents’ name?
    adopted from Mount Loretto

    • carlos gonzalez says:

      Hi, my my is carlos gonzalez, i was a the mount from 57-61 ?? I have some information that may help you.917-859-8772.

  9. Karen Mazurczyk says:

    looking for information about ross family members in the Mount Loretto home during late 1800’s . Does anyone know of Records

    • carlos gonzalez says:

      carlos conzalez 917-859-8772 leave a voice message please. I may be able to get some information.

  10. For records requests, please call 718-317-2827

  11. Rosemarie Mazzola says:

    My In Laws Who Grew Up In Mount Loretto On Staten Island I Would Like To Find Out Some Information There Names Are Frank J Votruba And Evelyn walsh.Thank You.

  12. catherine mon says:

    Me and my brother charles mon we in this home from 1968 till 1972 i think

  13. I can in truth say there were more good days the bad. The home gave me a great struture to build on.The whole name was Mission of The Immaculate Virgin Mt.Loretto.

  14. Luci DiGiorgio says:

    My grand father Peter Patrick Murphy and his brother Charles,Frankie in 1917.. Any informationwould be greatly appreciated

  15. Rose Naveja says:

    I was four years old when I first went to MIV. I was terrified of the nuns because the nuns would hit or punish us for any infraction at all. It was a place of constant terror for me. They provided the basics, like: grizzled meat, raw potatoes, and plenty of hunger all around. I was very anemic. There was no affection, but plenty of chastisements. All personalities were suppressed, and whipped into shape. In addition, there was no mental stimulation as we had to lay on the floor for hours with nothing to do but fall asleep, or we would be outside on a nice day, but had to stay in one spot for hours at a time with nothing to do. My spot was beneath a tree that felt my sorrow, frustration, and pain.

    • Ari says:

      I share the same memories and was also there at the age of four, from 1956 – 1959. It was awful! A child should never be exposed to such isolation and pain. I had my older sister (7 yrs old) which I’m sure made it more tolerable. It took us many years to heal and to be able to talk about our experience without breaking down – sobbing and crying. Hope you are doing well. Stay strong.

  16. Kathy says:

    My Grandmother, Florence Cornelia Fisher, born 1892 or1893 and died in Jan 1, 1973 on Staten Island…..Do you have any record of her at Mount was my understanding that she lived there at one time.

  17. Gloria Greenwaldt says:

    I was in MIV from 1957-1961. After kindergarten went to school on boys side. Specifically remember Yolanda Torres. Anyone there at same time, remember Gloria? I was always in trouble standing in hall with arms straight up while everyone slept!

  18. Lee Nicholson says:

    I was there 49/53 always in trouble with the Nuns.I had older sisters that were always running away.We came from the upper East side 98th between Lex& Park. I had some good memories of the Place the cows and pigs we fed.

  19. Bella says:

    My name is Dee I usto live also at Mount Laretto it was an awful place from 1980 to 1986 as i recall it was a horrible place that at 48 I still have nightmares, at the time I was there Mrs. Marie was the head supervisor she ran a brothel she and Mrs,Cynthia (Cyndi) Cooper and Mr.Westly Cooper took all the girl”s from Saint Josephs Cottage’ this was the cottage I lived in and forced grown cottage supervisors on us, to have sex how many times was I raped we were all raped and beaten and were not allowed to leave for our home visits, they made life a living hell I was 10 and ran away when I was 13,I remember how sick these people were the things that happened and what they did to young man named ramon who lived on the Mount they tied him down to his bed one night crazy glued his eyes mouth and nose shut when they were done they sewed his eyes and mouth shut so he would never tell of the “Horror at Mount Laretto Mission Of Immaculate Virgin” this place was like Sodom and Gomorrah,

  20. Carlos R Pizarro Sr says:

    I would like to tell my story from 1954-1960

  21. Juliet F MacCannell says:

    My mother, Maria de Stefano, was there from age 4-12 (1921-1929), as were her sisters Josephine, Regina Anna and Rose. Her brothers Frank and Raphael as well. Any information would be nice.

  22. Pat wood says:

    I am looking for any information you could give me about my great aunt. She was at mount Loretto in the 1940-1950’s. Her roman catholic name was Sr. Marie Euphraim. She was from Belfast NY. Her common name was Perpetuia Coughlin. I am looking to where she was buried and also whag religious order she was from. Imwould appreciate any help you could give me.

    • John says:

      Ms. Wood:

      I was at Mount Loretto during the period of 1948=1952.

      I don’t recall a nun with the name that you give, and the reason(s) for that could be: (a)- she was assigned to “the cottages” on the Boys Side (where the younger children were housed) or, (2)- she could have been assigned to St. Elizabeth’s (on the Girls Side). With that said, all I can offer up is the information that there is a cemetery section attached to the grounds that “the Mount” once occupied and she might very well be buried there.

      On a somewhat more positive note, I believe that all of the nuns who were at Mount Loretto during the time that your aunt was there were all members of the order of Saint Francis. I believe that the Mother House has (in more recent times) been moved to Syracuse, N.Y. I suspect if you write to them, they might be able to provide you with more definitive information that has been provided here.

  23. Donna says:

    I have been looking for Tom Eagan from the late 50’s to 60’s. I have some things that he left at my house in Great Kills

  24. Renita Wilson says:

    My mother was part of the orphan train that came from here in 1919. She was 2 years old. Her name was Rosina and I believe her last name was Kerry. I would love to be able to find some ancestory, but we don’t even have her adoption papers. Is there anyone that can help?

    • Nancy says:

      I know your post is from years ago, but if Orphan Train records exist, they would be in the archives of the Children’s Aid Society which may now be at the New-York Historical Society. Their libary staff is exceptionally helpful. Maybe theycould give you some leads. When you contact them reference Orphan Trains & and Children’s Aid Society in your subject line. Good luck to you.

      • John says:

        I could well be wrong on this, but did not the so-called “Orphan Trains” originate in such places as New York City (and other Northeast coastal cities) and TAKE children from this area and, well, “give them away” at train stops all throughout the Midwest (and West)?

        While I suppose your mother could have traveled to New York from, say, a place like Boston, I’m not sure that the so-called “Orphan Trains” were a part of her past (which is not to suggest that “The Children’s Aid Society” was not).

        I believe that if call or write to Mount Loretto and give them whatever information you might have, they might e able to help you.

  25. Orlando Maldonado says:

    I was at the Mount from 1959/1965. Would like to re-unite with an old friend ” Winifred Molina ” Please E-Mail me at I hope she has done well for herself ! My self, I served 22 years in the Army, then 16 years in Law Enforcement and 3 years teaching ROTC in high school. I have been blessed.A nobody. From St Dominic’s orphanage to Mount Loretta orphanage. St. Dominic’s was brutal but, Mount Loretta was great ! My time at mount Loretta was very good. I remember social dances with the girls,softball games between cottages , gym,boxing,and an ice lake in the woods in winter. Angle Mendez and I were very good friends,we were almost like brothers.

  26. Maria Campos says:

    My cousins Francis Joseph Crowe Jr, John Joseph Crowe, Vincent Joseph Crowe, Regina Crowe, and Mary Crowe lived at Mount Loretto; the boys in St Joseph’s and the girls in St Elizabeth I’m looking for information and or pictures of either institution for the family tree. Any and all help will be appreciated!

  27. Judi Ferraro says:

    I remember and think of Mount Loretto Orphange often. Our ST. James Sadality would help on Saturday’s. I wanted to bring all the orphaned children home with me and I was only 17 .

  28. Veronica Klinglesmith says:

    My grandmother and her siblings were at Mount Loretto in the 1940’s. Does anyone recognize the names Willam Hummel, John Hummel, Joan Hummel and Theresa Hummel. In that order of oldest to youngest. Any information is appreciated. Thank you

  29. LiSA M says:

    My mom and her brother were there around 1950-1954
    Evelyn Murphy at st Elizabeths and Donald Murphy was her brother
    Does any one know them ? I remember someone mentioning sister JUANITA

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