The Basilica of St. Mary’s most lasting structure isn’t the wooden shed where its first parishioners attended Mass in 1868. Nor is it the majestic co-cathedral where parishioners now worship on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. Rather, its leaders say, it’s the Basilica community, who, for 150 years, have worshipped, served, welcomed immigrants and...

The rainy week of weather finally broke just in time for the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival in Glassboro last Saturday, Sept. 15. Attendees packed the Glassboro Town Square, on Rowan University’s campus, to enjoy an afternoon and evening of Italian music, games and the thing Jane Damico of Glassboro came to the festival for specifically. “Food,” Da...

Of Massachusetts’ 6.8 million citizens, 13 percent — or more than 1 out of 8 residents — are of Italian descent. That’s second only to the Bay State’s Irish community, which comes in at nearly 20 percent. In nearby Rhode Island, those claiming Italian descent number 19 percent or nearly 1 in 5. Still, Teddy deCaro and the Rev. Flavio Gillio are ne...

This past Saturday served as my normally scheduled weekend rotation for the Advance. It happened to be the same day I was invited by San Gennaro festival orchestrator, Mort Berkowitz, to ride on a float through Little Italy.  (The feast runs through Sunday, Sept. 23.) One of my assignments on September 15 was to report on the experience. And a wond...

Nel cinquantesimo anniversario dalla morte di Padre Pio, non potevano mancare celebrazioni e festeggiamenti negli USA, soprattutto grazie alla folta presenza di Italo Americani. Su tutte sicuramente l’installazione della statua di Padre Pio “Io ti assolvo” creata dal più noto scultore del mondo cattolico, l’artista canadese Timothy Schmalz, rappres...

The San Gennaro Feast is back after an LVMPD sting operation shut it down in May. A vendor was busted selling alcohol to a minor, so its license was pulled before it could even open for the May edition of the bi-annual event. It’s now partnered with Station Casinos to help check ID’s and keep things safe. They have moved the location of the feast t...

San Gennaro approda negli States, grazie alla Saint Gennaro Foundation of Boston, ente no profit, presieduta da Pasquale Trotta, e rappresentata in Italia, per i rapporti con la Santa Sede e le altre istituzioni religiose, da Antonio Grilletto, che ha fatto realizzare in Italia un busto di bronzo dorato del Santo ispirato a quello venerato presso l...

Think of Catholicism in New England and Boston’s churches probably come to mind. Indeed, St. Leonard, one of the oldest Catholic churches in the US, was built in 1873 by Italian immigrants at the corner of Hanover and Prince Streets in Boston’s North End. But the oldest continuously operating Catholic church in the area is actually found in Newcast...

When: Saturday, September 15th, 1:30-3:30PM - Where: St. Rocco’s Bakery, 4 St. Rocco Place, Glen Cove, NY 11542 - Costs: Members: $25 | NonMembers: $35 - Spaces are limited. RSVP/purchase tickets here Join NOIAW’s Long Island Network at the quaint St. Rocco’s Bakery in Glen Cove for a social afternoon with fabulous panini, amazing desserts, and cre...

Everything Italian will be the order of the day next week when the annual Hoboken Italian festival opens its run. A fixture in the city for more than 90 years, the festival will return on September 6 and continue to September 9 along Sinatra Drive and at the park on Hoboken's Waterfront. It features four days of Italian traditions, live music, mult...