In 1903 Camden saw the founding of the Italian language parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, originally know as the "Italian Catholic Church" that had grown out of the pastoral work done among the Italian immigrants by Father Michael Di Ielsi. The church building itself was built at South 4th and Division Streets around the year 1907, and the bell tower added in 1945.
The Church was not only a spiritual center but a social one as well. The Young Men's Catholic Club of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church maintained its clubhouse nearby at 825-827 Clare Street, the corner of Clare Street and Division Street.
The photo below was taken in 1953. At that time the school had well over 1000 students enrolled.
This photo was furnished by Ron Arcaini, in the hope that some, if not all, of these children be identified. If you recognize anyone in this photograph, please contact me by e-mail.
Lady of Mt. Carmel School Kindergarten - 1953
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row: Unknown - Unknown - Unknown - Dominic ? - Nick DeAndrea - William
Attardi - Father Mike - Salvatore Recchia - Unknown - Unknown - Unknown
- Unknown - Unknown
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