Saturday, March 27, 2021

Photo of the Day: St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Bogota NJ

Once or twice in the past, I had driven by this longtime religious institution in Bogota. But only two days ago did I approach St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church on foot and took this photo.

I have a special reason to be interested in this parish: it was founded by the Carmelites, who, from their base in my church, St. Cecilia’s of Englewood, went on to set up other parishes in New Jersey’s “Northern Valley” in the first half of the 20th century. 

In Bogota, the first mass in the parish was celebrated in 1913 in Bogota’s Central Avenue. It would be another 16 years before the present Romanesque structure, designed by the architectural firm A.F. DePace of New York, was dedicated.

Over the next eight decades, the Carmelites—including several who, at one point or another, also served at St. Cecilia—led the parish. But, as the order’s ranks thinned out, it felt unable to continue in this role. Starting in 2013, the parish has been run by archdiocesan priests outside the Carmelite order.

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