The Committee to Save Mt. Manresa held a special vigil at Mt. Manresa, at 239 Fingerboard Road in Staten Island, on Sept 11, honoring of the victims of the World Trade Center attacks.
Mt. Manresa has a deep connection with 9/11.
Sister Maureen Skelly, a police captain on staff at Mt. Manresa at the time of the 9/11 attacks, gave the memorial address and led a prayer vigil.
The candlelight memorial was led by Tammy Procci and Our Lady of Graces.
Ellen Pratt Joins the Committee
Ellen Pratt Joins the Committee
Veteran conservationist Ellen Pratt, of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, has joined the Committee to Save Mount Manresa. Winner of a "Staten Island Woman of Achievement" award, Pratt, who has 36 years of successful conservation experience, is credited with the creation of a number of Staten Island parks.
The Committee's ultimate goal is to dedicate Mount Manresa as parkland.
Followers of the fight to spare neighborhood refuge Mt. Manresa from development are urged to write letters of support to the Staten Island Advance and to Adena Long and Veronica White at the Department of Parks. Your letter should state why Mount Manresa deserves to be protected as parkland. You can download the names and addresses and a sample letter from the Committee's new website.
Letters from supporters of the Committee to Save Mount Manresa will make a difference by bringing the fight for Mt. Manresa the quality of attention it deserves.
Preservation Organizations Donate Funding and Organizational Support
The Committee has received financial and organizational support from the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Friends of Blue Heron Park and the Preservation League of Staten Island. Our Lady of Graces and Protectors of Pine Oaks Woods have set up the "Save Mount Manresa Funds" to help support the Committee's efforts. For more information about how you can help financially, visit the Committee's website.
Saturday Rallies to Save Mt. Manresa
Each Saturday, the Committee, which has gathered 8,000 signatures on its petition and gained name recognition through its posters and t-shirt sales, hosts a morning rally. The next rally is September 21 at 10:30 AM at Narrows Road North, in front of the Mt. Manresa sign.
Wine Tasting at DaNoi, Hallowe'en at Liedy's Shore Inn
On October 25, the Committee will host a wine tasting at Staten Island's DaNoi restaurant. RSVP for the event here on the Committee's website. On October 31, the Committee will host a Hallowe'en fundraising event at Liedy's Shore Inn. See the Committee's website for further details.
Join the Committee
The Committee is actively recruiting membership to help with event planning, letter and grant writing, and researching and following up leads; and funds are being raised to meet legal and professional expenses.
To join the Committee, come to the next meeting on Thursday, Sept 26 at 7:30 PM at 722 Tompkins Ave (corner of Tompkins and Hope) in Staten Island.
Questions? Contact the Committee here.
A MoveOn petition to save Mt. Manresa describes the site as follows:
"Beautiful Mount Manresa on Staten Island is a 10-acre ecological treasure containing mostly original natural landscape unchanged for thousands of years. It is for sale and now in contract to be sold to a housing developer in early June.
The land was once part of an estate dating back to the 1600s and has been owned by the Jesuits as a retreat since 1911, being the oldest in America.
The land retains the original Terminal Moraine (hillside) formed by a glacier during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago and provides fabulous views of New York Harbor. Rare very old Oak and Tulip trees over a hundred feet tall and a unique old brick water tower from the nineteenth century are found on the property. The north side of the glacial hill contains a concentration of very old Oak and Tulip trees which have grown to great heights. At the base of this hill is a beautiful grotto and valley.
It is urgent that this petition be signed so this beautiful landscape can be protected and preserved as a park for current and future generations to enjoy. The landscape is in great danger of being destroyed by the developer.
Once it's gone it is gone forever."The Staten Island Region Antique Automobile Club of America provided the Committee with a free table at their car show earlier this month, where the Committee collected over 200 signatures and a lot of affirmation.
Please sign and share the petition, here, with friends and family through Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
Editorial Support from the Staten Island Advance
In a recent editorial, the Staten Island Advance Editorial applauded the Committee's determination and commitment.
The Committee is asking users of Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to help increase the number of Youtube views of its video about Mount Manresa.
The more views the video gets, the more the word about Mt. Manresa will spread.
Other Retreat Houses Are Threatened
Mt. Manresa is not the only Jesuit Retreat house at risk of loss. St. Ignatius retreat house in Long Island, closed as the same time as Mount Manresa, is alslo threatened.
You can sign the petition to save the retreat house here.
For more information, visit Insfada.org.