NYC Honorary Street Names


Monsignor James J. Dorney Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:Northeast corner of Carroll Place and St. Peterís Place
Honoree: Monsignor James J. Dorney, born in the Bronx, was ordained a priest in 1958. He served in the Bronx and Manhattan before coming to Staten Island in 1976 as assistant pastor of St. Margaret Mary R.C. Church in Midland Beach. In 1983, he was assigned as pastor of St. Peter's where he served for the remainder of his life. He was elevated to monsignor in 1995 by Pope John Paul II. He served as chaplain to the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York Police Department, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus and the Richmond Division Holy Name Society. He was a trustee emeritus of Richmond University Medical Center and a board member emeritus of Project Hospitality. He also was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and an honorary member of the Notre Dame Club of Staten Island. He took part in the annual Unity Night service that brings together Staten Island's Christians, and he was there at most ecumenical and interfaith events. A strong supporter of the arts, he often invited music, drama and arts organizations to perform. Monsignor Dorney died in 2015 at the age of 83. (Rose)

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