Ridge parish welcomes back old friends

St. Anselm’s Parish alumni (from left) Eileen Downing, Robert Howe, and Lynn Savage, join parish pastor Monsigneur John Maloney at St. Anselm’s 90th anniversary celebration, held at the Bay Ridge church on Saturday.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

The prodigal children returned.

St. Anselm’s Parish, on 82nd Street between Third and Fourth avenues, hosted a wine and cheese party for its former congregants and pupils on Saturday — drawing more than 300 people to mix and mingle with old friends.

The event was part of a year-long celebration marking the parish’s 90th year, said the parish’s pastor, Monsigneur John Maloney. A mass before the party kicked it off.

“It was a mass to welcome back those people who used to attend the parish and went to the school,” said Maloney. “This was a chance for them to see the parish that they grew up in and to celebrate because they are part of the parish; they helped to build it.”

The parish first opened in 1922 with just a school, where mass was held in the auditorium.

Then, in 1952, the parish expanded with a church on Fourth Avenue, Maloney said.

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling him at (718) 260-4507. You can also follow his Tweets at @dsmacleod.

Kathleen Shea (left) and Janice Muccigrosso point to their mom Kathleen Kirby, who was among the first graduates of Saint Anselm’s High School in 1931.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

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