We commend the following people who led the effort to preserve the church.
Flavia Alaya Gianfranco Archimede Simeon Bankoff Patricia Dean Jeff Dunston Gerald Ferretti Barbara Florio Lester Ford Louis Gallo Marialena Giampino Monica Kumar Farrah Lafontant Donny Mondelli Jillian Mulvihill Barabara Anne Pascucci Charles Piazza Stanislao Pugliese Miriam Robertson William Russo Joseph Sciame Paula Segal Zulmilena Then Mario Toglia Gabriella Velardi Ward Marilyn Verna Lakai Worrell Here is a link to the web site devoted to Our Lady of Loreto in Brooklyn. Below is a You Tube video presentation on the destruction of Our Lady of Loreto.
Lyrics of "Bella Ciao" in English One morning I woke up goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye one morning I woke up and I found the invader (that means the German troups).
Oh partisan take me away goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye oh partisan take me away that I'm feeling like dieing And if I die as partisan goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye and if I die as partisan you must bury me You will bury me over there, on the mountain goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye you will bury me over there on the mountain under the shadow of a wonderful flower And all the people passing by goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye my Beautiful, goodbye and all the people passing by will say "what a wonderful flower!
Well, the activists involved came from all walks of life.
Not just Italian Americans, but people who live in the neighborhood or are active in it - these were African Americas who’s ancestors come from different parts of Africa and the Caribbean - these were Latinos - Asians - everyone was involved to keep Our Lady of Loreto because they all recognized it as a beautiful church - a real work of art in so many ways. The legal appeals exhausted and the archdiocese had their way - and Our Lady of Loreto is being torn down. You can see photos here, taken by Todd Maisel, of The Daily News, how the the murals, statuary, the decorative elements - all being beaten and destroyed. One wonders, why couldn’t the same thing have happened to Our Lady of Loreto. One wonders why the Brooklyn archdiocese didn’t sell the property to another denomination - perhaps a Protestant faith - now prevalent in the area.
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But I thought if one was going to face it’s demolition, it would have been St. The silver lining are the activists, all ethnicities and backgrounds, that tried to save Our Lady of Loreto. We commend also the Italian immigrants who built this church.
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Please remember to update your browser in order to view all material on our web site.The time it took to build them, the craftsmanship, the artistry - all for nothing - destroyed. This is not the only church to face its extinction. This part of Brownsville is still knee deep in poverty and dispossession. People need more than just a roof over their heads. In return for keeping the church and its interior decorations, the people there could have a place of worship.