Ireland House Oral History Collection

Fr. John Grange

Fr. John Grange


October 29, 2009

1 hour, 51 minutes, 39 seconds

Preferred Citation:

Ireland House Oral History Collection, Archives of Irish America, New York University

Biographical Note:

Fr. John Grange was born in 1940 along with twin brother, Joseph, to parents Margaret and Joseph. Fr. Grange’s parents both grew up on the West Side of Manhattan, but met on summer vacation in Rockaway Beach, Queens. Fr. Grange’s grandparents on his mother’s side emigrated from Ireland when they were very young. Fr. Grange grew up in the neighborhood of Mott Haven, South Bronx around Alexander Avenue, the “Irish Fifth Avenue.” He went to grammar school at St. Jerome’s, where he would later serve as pastor. Fr. Grange graduated from Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Flushing, Queens and was ordained in 1966. Fr. Grange served at several different parishes, before returning to St. Jerome’s in 1976. Beginning in the early eighties, a large influx of Mexican immigrants began attending services at St. Jerome’s, bringing new life into the church. When the church was on the verge of being shut down, Fr. Grange persuaded the Archdiocese to secure funding for the renovation of St. Jerome’s, resulting in the creation of the Hand’s Community Center. In 2007, Fr. Grange was transferred to St. Athanasius Parish, where he still works today.