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Ex Voto NYC is a series of off site programs designed to activate votive sites in each of the five boroughs. A celebration of New York’s rich history and culture, the second program in this series, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: Catholic Life in New York, takes place on October 13.

In the fall of 1937, the Italian American members of the lay Catholic organization, the Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, began constructing a grotto on the association’s property in Rosebank Staten Island. Written petitions, family photographs, funeral cards, rosary beads, and other personal and devotional items adorn the altar walls and shelves.

Join us for a conversation between Joseph Sciorra, director of Academic and Cultural Programs at Queens College’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute; Michael DeCataldo, an active member of the Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; and Diane Venosa, Staten Island resident and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel volunteer. A musical performance by Michela Musolino, a Sicilian-American internationally acclaimed folk singer specializing in traditional and contemporary Sicilian Roots music will follow.

October 13
3 pm
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto
36 Amity St.
Staten Island, NY 10305


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