Our Next Free Presentation Tuesday, February 25, 6:30pm at the Hostel "Upper West Side Catholics: the History of Ascension Church on West 107th Street" presented by Monsignor Thomas J. Shelley
Monsignor Shelley, author of the recently published book Upper West Side Catholics: Liberal Catholicism in a Conservative Archdiocese and professor emeritus of Fordham, will tellthestory of this well-knownupper west side church. He sees Ascension as a microcosm of the history of the Catholic Church in the city, a flourishing multi-ethnic bilingual parishand a vital part of the Bloomingdale neighborhood.The church, which began as a small German parish in 1858 and then developed into a large Irish parish, suffered a precipitous decline from the 60s to the 80s, but was rescued from near-extinction by an influx of Puerto Rican and Dominican Catholics. Shelley considersAscension to be a showcase of the success of urban ethnic Catholicism. Hisbook includes more information on the Lion Brewery than any other book about the Upper West Side. The Brewery stood just a few blocks from the church from the mid 1800s to 1944, spanninga huge piece of land that stretched from W107thto W109th Streets, Columbus Avenue to CPW.
Monsignor Shelley has written several books including The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York and . Fordham, A History of the Jesuit University of New York: 1841-2003, which was described as “a remarkable achievement” by aGotham Center for New York City reviewer.
Free Walking Tours of Historic Bloomingdale Explore the History of the Upper West Side between W. 96th and W. 110th Streets Led by Renowned Local Historian Jim Mackin Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 1pm Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 6pm Meet at Hostelling International-NY 891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street More info 212-666-9774 or firstname.lastname@example.org sponsored by the Columbus/Amsterdam BID and Bloomingdale Neighborhood History Group