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A new kind of dining has come to Washington, in which each meal is spiced lightly with some history and culture. You can see how the roof has been removed and, thus, the interior. Our Lady of Loreto was located on 124 Sackman Street in Brooklyn.

The situation began also around 2009 and I wanted both churches to survive. Any time you build something, you should try and keep it, because those whom you hand it over to, really don’t care and they will destroy it when the moment arises.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.Like the ancient Greek symposia, or Deipnosophistaí, “I want us to eat, drink and engage in learning guided by two prominent historians and gastronomists,” Zoe told guests as she lifted her wine glass in a toast to the moment. They hired an Italian architect and built a beautiful church. And 40 years later, the archdiocese wanted to tear it down. I published a feature article on the effort of Italian Americans who once lived in the neighborhood, who attended Mass there at Our Lady of Loreto, who were baptized there, had their first communion and confirmation there; and so they organized to save the church.You can see photos here from the web site devoted to Our Lady of Loreto, a web site maintained by Dominick Mondelli. Besides PRIMO, the Italian Tribune, mainstream newspapers and news sites in New York such as the New York Times and the Daily News and others brought a lot of publicity to the preservation effort.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.

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.

PRIMO reported on St Peter’s in Duluth, Minnesota and the effort there by Robin Mainella to save it. It is not unusual for Catholic churches to be converted to Baptists and other Protestant denominations. The turning point was when the parish turned itself over to the archdiocese.

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.

They came to build up the city and not tear it down - unlike the archdiocese and now even some others in local government that want to tear down statues of Columbus and others.