History of Mount Loretto
Fr. John Christopher Drumgoole originally founded the Mission in 1871. The current site on Staten Island was founded in 1883.
Fr. Drumgoole was responding to the urgent needs of his time by creating a home for some of the thousands of homeless and orphaned children who lived on the streets of the City after the Great Potato Famine and then the Civil War. As an Irish immigrant himself, having come to this country by himself at age nine, Father John escaped life on the streets through the efforts of his mother, who had come over prior to his crossing.