While we hear plenty about St. Patrick’s Day festivities this time of year, for many Italian-Americans in Los Angeles the big celebration of mid-March is St. Joseph’s Day. The multi-day event culminates on March 19th, and while the mid-Lenten feast honors the patron saint of Sicily, it’s also celebrated by many immigrants and descendants of other r...

Italian-American enclaves around the country celebrated St. Joseph’s day Sunday. This holiday comes with its own culinary tradition – a luscious pastry called a zeppole. In the kitchen at La Salle Bakery in Providence Rhode Island – a state where zeppole are famous -- a team of bakers furiously prepare. They know lines will be forming to snap up th...

Belleville Unico ACES held their 29th annual St. Joseph’s Altar at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, 60 Byrd Ave., Bloomfield Sunday, March 12. The organization fed almost 200 people for free while collecting donations to benefit the community, as well as local and national charities. Dignitaries present included Belleville Deputy Mayor Vinnie Cozza...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast, we talk with Robert Orsi, who is the first holder of the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University. Robert discusses what inspired him to write his book, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem. He expands on the experiences of immigration an...

While the focus was on St. Patrick's Day Friday, the parade up Fifth Avenue, corned beef, green beer and all the trimmings, on Sunday celebrations shifted to the great Feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of families and of the Universal Church. The tradition was originally brought over with Italians who immigrated from the "old country" and is st...

St. Joseph’s Feast is March 19th, but you can see St. Joseph’s Altars set up in places like Vermilionville and other churches across Acadiana.“We always have Saint Joseph’s during Lent, and Lent is a big thing for the Catholics,” says Belle Roullete who is visiting from Valcherie, La. The history dates back to the late 1800s in Italy, when a famine...

The Italian American Marching Club is one of the largest ethnic organizations in the Southeastern United States. It was founded by Joseph Cardenia and friends in 1970 and has climbed to heights of 1500 members in recent years. The objective is to keep Italian heritage prevalent in New Orleans, the destination of so many of their forefathers in the...

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Feast Committee will honor Louis Napolitano III as Man of the Year at its kickoff dinner on April 28 at Elmcrest Banquets in Elmwood Park. The De Chrisopher Family and Padre Pio candle houses will be honored at the event, and James V. (Jimmy) Lorenzo will receive the Fr. Benjamin Franch Biretta Award. Donations are $65 pe...

Andrea Vicini was one of two dozen religious scholars who between 2015 and 2017 shared nearly $3M awarded jointly by NASA and the John Templeton Foundation (administered by the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton) to investigate how the religious community would respond to the discovery of life in outer space. As I’ve already reported, inform...

  Joan D’Agostino keeps Old World traditions alive for a new generation when she bakes in her Leawood kitchen. A mother of four, D’Agostino is passing along her Italian heritage to her four grandchildren, including 20-month-old twins Angelina and Luca Casanova of Leawood.A native Kansas Citian, D’Agostino grew up with the tradition of helping prepa...