St Vincent Ferrer is at 840 George Bush Blvd., Delray Beach. The largest graduating class was 127 in 1961 and the smallest 19 in 1998. Contact Us for a tour today! Photo provided. In September 1940, as construction was nearing completion, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters began conducting classes at Trinity High School and in the frame church. On November 10, 1950, The New World reported that: within less than five years the population in this section has tripled, largely through the influx of younger married couples with small children and children of grade school age., Then Father Redmond focused his attention on constructing a permanent church.

Beginning on November 22nd of that year, Father McIntyre celebrated Mass on Sundays and holy days in the auditorium of Trinity High School. Until the present rectory was completed in 1949, the priests resided at the Dominican Priory at Harlem and Division. Raised in a Catholic family in the Philippines, Gonzales, 48, dreamed of the priesthood, but he knew a nursing degree could provide him and his family with financial security. Powered by. He directed the construction of a small frame church facing North Avenue which was dedicated on December 18, 1932. He completed an internship program in clinical pastoral education at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, ministering to terminally ill patients who were participating in clinical trials. or E-mail me when people leave their comments , Finding Faith: St. Vincents new pastor is trained to heal body, spirit, Ocean Ridge: Town manager Tracey Stevens leaving for job in Haverhill, Rumble: The Indians That Rocked The World, Along the Coast: Northern transplants fill classes at elite schools, Along the Coast: Gulf Stream turns to Highland Beach as Delray stops doing towns permits, Along the Coast: Gulf Stream turns to Highland Beach as Delray stops doing towns permits, Along the Coast: Documenting a grim chapter, Manalapan: Estate becomes Floridas priciest, Editor's Note: A day to celebrate our nations endurance, Coastal Star: Helping Hands executive puts kindness into corporate policy, Manalapan: Estate becomes Floridas priciest, Editor's Note: A day to celebrate our nations endurance. Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator. Finally, St. Vincents students would be able to have gym classes and host sporting events! He said then, Love God the greatest commandment and then love your neighbor as you love yourself. Unfortunately, Father McIntyre died in September 1942, so he did not live to see the first class graduate in June of 1943. Sunday: 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. Click here for information & Religious Ed updates. He healed them not only physically, but also emotionally, spiritually and socially, Gonzales said in an interview with Global Pinoy Nursing in 2018. After graduation, a hospital in Washington, D.C., sponsored him, and his childhood dream of coming to the United States came true. Today we have 1200 families in the parish and 246 children in the school who receive the Excellence in Catholic Education that has been the hallmark of St. Vincents for 70 years. 1515 N Lathrop Ave, River Forest, IL 60305. St. Vincent Ferrer School has a solid foundation, a stellar history and continues to provide an excellent Catholic education to the leaders of tomorrow. Since his ordination, Gonzales has served at St. Helen in Vero Beach and St. Ann in West Palm Beach. launched a $250,000 fund drive for a twelve room school addition to be added to the south end of the school. He has also served as a hospital chaplain, lending support to hospice clients and their families, as well as the health care staff. St. Vincent Ferrer School is a Catholic School in River Forest, IL that serves students from Elmwood Park, Melrose Park, Chicago, Oak Park, River Grove, River Forest, and other towns, including Bellwood, Franklin Park, Forest Park, Berwyn, Elmhurst, Lombard, and Maywood. After the new church was finished and the auditorium was no longer used for services, it was decided to refit the auditorium as a gymnasium. First and foremost, Father Dennis Gonzales is a healer.

That would be the present rooms 2,3,12 and 13. Our students continue to be stimulated, challenged and motivated. Sister Ramona McAllister, O.P., was the first principal, Sister Virgine, O.P. As a man of medicine, he is ready to talk. In 1947, under Father Connollys leadership, the convent was constructed. Priests & Religious Who Served at Saint Vincent Ferrer.

Sunday Masses Benjamin Arend, O.P., took over as pastor there were 1,575 families in the parish with a school enrollment of 929 students and a faculty of 17 religious and four lay teachers. Approximately thirty families formed the nucleus of the new parish, and they now were able to attend Mass in their own small frame church. They all included a church, a school, a convent and a rectory, though in various locations. The total enrollment was 44 with the largest class boasting 12 pupils. St. Vincent Ferrer Parish experienced rapid growth in the years following World War II. Letter to the Editor: What real harm do iguanas do. Terms of Service, 2022The Coastal Star 561-276-6892; Health care and spiritual care have always coexisted in Gonzales mind, especially as he cared for dying patients. Gonzales is humbled that Barbarito chose him to lead St. Vincent, and says, Im so thankful to Monsignor Tom that I inherited a parish on sound footing, with a strong staff and a great school. Gonzales goal at the church and in the community is to have a healing conversation, to stop the division in our society, and to look for the positive. In its account of the ceremony, The New World noted that: The parish was founded in 1931 with 35 families and now has more than 1259 families.. The old frame church was abandoned and for the next 14 years, Masses were celebrated in that auditorium. Masses are streamed daily on our website at the following times. Report an Issue | As the coronavirus pandemic raged in the fall of 2020, Gonzales celebrated the fourth annual White Mass at St. Ann on Nov. 14, where health care professionals renewed their physician and professional health care promises to God and to adhere to the Catholic faith in the practice of medicine. On June 29, 1954, ground was broken and the corner stone was laid on October 25, 1954. William P. McIntyre, O.P. My friends, taking care of ourselves does not mean that we neglect the needs of others until our own needs are satisfied. When he completed the program, he was ready to fully commit to the priesthood and began looking for a seminary. The edifice, complete with organ and communion rail, was sold for $400. All Rights Reserved. Electronic Giving is now available. began the work of organizing St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in the fall of 1931. This structure consisted of the Lathrop entrance and one room on each side of the entrance on each floor. Our students participate and succeed in national academic contests, sports and other extracurricular activities. For several years, the Dominican Sisters lived in a very old mansion at LeMoyne and Ashland. The new two-story four classroom school was dedicated on October 27, 1940, and classes were moved there. Mobile classrooms have been added then removed. Of the four classrooms, only three were used for school; the fourth served as a winter chapel because of the difficulty in adequately heating the frame church. We need to talk about our differences and not let issues further divide us. The former registered nurse calls the fighting over vaccinations and masks sad, but he believes confronting people isnt the answer either. 2022 St. Vincent Ferrer School. It means we have to be aware of nurturing sound and healthy attributes to ourselves. Bishop Gerald Michael Barbarito handpicked Gonzales as the pastoral administrator for St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach to replace retired Monsignor Tom Skindeleski. Click below for details.Learn more / Sign-up In his ministry, Jesus was always caring for and healing the sick, touching the outcast and untouchable. Stephen Redmond, O.P. Shortly after he was appointed pastor in September 1950, Rev. Loving yourself is part of the equation. Due to the depression, the construction of the parish school was delayed until 1939. It is surprising how closely the 1935 drawings reflect our present buildings. Joseph A. Nugent (Parish Priest), 2014-2015 Father Rony Mendes (Administrator), 2015-Present Father Antonius P. Gopaul, Parishioners Who Have Entered Religious Life. You need to be a member of The Coastal Star to add comments! Update you contact information only. There is a saying that goes, You cannot give what you do not have. So, if we dont have strength, our energy quickly dries up. Gonzales believes that the callings to nursing and the ministry overlap. Use tab to navigate through the menu items.

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It is no longer a part of Holy Ghost Parish, but is used by a Hispanic faith community. One variation called for the church to be on the corner of LeMoyne and Jackson, facing east. Still, the priesthood was never far from his thoughts. By 1957 when Rev. Dennis Gonzales celebrates a Mass for health care professionals in November at St. Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach. Sending money home to help educate his younger siblings and support his parents fulfilled another important goal. Rev. As they say, The rest is history. The sisters have come and gone, lay teachers now staff the school, the function of some of the rooms has changed, the office has been moved more than once and the library is now in what used to be the convent. The school children sold Chocolate Covered Almonds to raise money for the project. He took the reins on Sept. 1. At that time rooms 5-10 and 15-20 were added. They are accepted into college preparatory high schools and attend premier colleges and universities all over the country. While in Washington, Gonzales earned a scholarship to pursue his masters degree in theology at the Washington Theological Union. On July 6, 1945, the old frame church was moved intact to Wood Dale, Illinois, where it became the first church of Holy Ghost parish. By the spring of 1942 the school enrollment had grown to 144 so 4 more classrooms, probably rooms 1, 4,11 and 14, and the auditorium (the present gymnasium) were added. Priests Who Served at Saint Vincent Ferrer, 1951-1952 Father Charles Carmody (Administrator), 1979-1986 Father John J. OSullivan, 2009-2013 Msgr. Tuition in the 1950s was $20 per year and today it is $7340.

After visiting a friend in South Florida, Gonzales was ready to abandon snow for sand. At that time, 150 families belonged to the parish and 300 children were in the school. taught first and second grades, Sister Marie Williams, O.P., taught third and fourth grades and Sister Ramona doubled as the fifth and sixth grade teacher. Richard B. Connolly, O.P., was named pastor. Contact her at

I would tell people to reflect on what is good for their family and for the community. After that, its up to them. As early as 1935, architect Zachary Davis laid out several possible plans for St. Vincents property. Janis Fontaine writes about people of faith, their congregations, causes and community events. It is still standing today on Wood Dale Road, just south of Irving Park Road on the west side of the street. The plan that was eventually chosen utilized the English Gothic style of architecture, the same as the House of Studies on Division and Harlem Avenues, and suggests the layout we know today. So instead of entering the seminary, he earned a bachelors in nursing from Notre Dame University in Cotabato City. But I see myself as a community builder, a unifier. The Rev. Gonzales, who has a bachelors degree in nursing, took over as pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach in September. I never imagined vaccinations would be a thorny issue. He earned a master of divinity at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach and was ordained in 2013 by Barbarito at the Cathedral of Saint Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens.