Built: 1925

Religious denomination/affiliation: Roman Catholic, Archdiocese of Newark

Interesting Facts:

  • St. Lucy's was named after St. Lucy of Syracuse, the patron saint of blindness. Legends vary, but Lucy's mother wanted her to marry a pagan, but Lucy wanted to either remain chaste or save herself for a Christian. In one version of the story, the Emperor Diocletian had Lucy's eyes put out.

  • In its heyday, from about 1880 to 1925, the First Ward [the streets of the neighborhood] was the most densely populated Italian neighborhood in Newark, which had the fifth highest Italian population in the country…

  • It is home to the American national shrine to Saint Gerard Majella… and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

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