I have a few favorite stories on the history of Little Italy that I covered in my book and I'd like to share one of the top favorites ... about Saint Leo's Italian Orphanage. It is typical of Italian folks to want to care for, feed and nurture others. I like to imagine that the spirit of that concept was exemplified in the scenario of the orphanage back in its day, as the nuns - and the loving residents of the neighborhood - took charge of their tiny young Italians, the orphans. I hope you enjoy reading the story, too.
7/6/2015 01:36:55 am
I loved your book, as I just borrowed it from my local library. Can you tell me if you know if their are any records of the residents at the orphanage, and if they are available to the public. Thank you.
8/24/2016 10:13:09 pm
Where can I find more info, would like to know if there are records showing the years I was living there, I thik it was 1950 thru 1953, no one left in my family that knows?
Carolyn Anthony Lanier
10/4/2017 04:56:32 pm
I am Nicolas Anthony's daughter. I would love to get more information on St. Leo's Orphanage.
2/12/2018 09:56:20 am
I’m in the process of doing my family tree and looking for information/pictures.
3/15/2018 06:50:21 pm
My wife's mother was there in the early 1940's, Edna Santoro. We have relatives named Varsalona also.
3/16/2018 03:05:52 pm
Hi Jim! My aunt was married to Luigi A. Varsalona.
3/16/2021 04:38:25 pm
Hi Carmetta, sorry to not get back to you, but I just saw this post today. My wife had an uncle Luigi whose sisters were Carmella and Maria. I don't recall him being married.
9/7/2018 10:24:23 am
The 1940 census has my cousin's name misspelled "Panicio" instead of "Panichio". There is a ward number allocated too. I heard that my Aunt Rose's other children were taken from her for a time back then too but I do not have that information. There should be a Connie, Mary, Anne, Blaize and Nick. I heard a story that Anne kept escaping. I don't know what that was about. Nick, Connie and Angela are still alive and two live in Maryland.
2/8/2020 11:52:54 pm
I would love more information as well...
2/9/2020 09:37:12 pm
Joanie, the best information I uncovered for the book was included in my book - it is copied here. I do not have more to offer, nor uncovered a list of orphans' names.
11/28/2020 03:01:12 pm
Hello, I came across this comment while looking for information on my grandfather, he was at St. Leo's in 1940. The reason I'm replying to your comment (it might be completely un related) is because while looking at the 1940 Census for St. Leo's, I my grandfather and from your comment recognized the name Fiorino, I just went back to the census and seen there was an Albert Fiorino, 9 (born1931), & girls Marion & Louise Fiorino, 6 (born1934) I assumed twins. I noticed from my research and talking to others, that a lot of children names had been a misspelled, their first name on file was their actual middle name, or another first name all together. Here's something I found interesting about the name change or mix ups.
3/17/2021 09:02:53 am
I am sorry, ....just seeing this comment as well. I will check back for future replies as the website doesn't notify me. Margaret and Albert....they were brother and sister, if this correct. I do not recognize the other names. I will try to open the link again. Thanks so much.
11/28/2020 03:09:12 pm
I know I just left a comment However, I went back to 1940 census and looked at the page prior to the one my grandfather is listed on and there was in fact a
3/17/2021 08:59:28 am
Thank you so much. I'm sorry for the late response, but the website didn't notify me of your reply. Unfortunately the link won't open. If you have any additional information, please let me know. Thank you!
3/2/2021 01:11:28 am
I would like to know if anyone has pictures from the orphanage during the years of 1954 to 1957. I was in the orphanage at that time with my younger brother and sister. Our mother had died in 1953. I’m doing our genealogy and would love to know if pictures of the place and of the Sisters that cared for us are around. Thank you Marie
3/16/2021 04:13:12 pm
I researched this information back in 2014 for my book published in 2015: Baltimore's Little Italy: Heritage & History of The Neighborhood. I published what info I found and borrowed photos from I think it was the archives at St. Mary's Seminary that has The Catholic Review newspaper archives (Archdiocese of Baltimore). I have no more photos or information. Perhaps you could find more information online or through their archives? I think they are open to the public. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for the interest.
3/8/2021 02:49:52 pm
Looking for information on my grandmother Marie Lambert who was there in the late 1930s early 1940s
3/8/2021 02:51:22 pm
I’m looking for information or my grandmother Marie Lambert who was at Saint Leo’s late 1939 and on the 16 March 1940 census
3/15/2021 10:42:26 am
I was at St Leo's orphanage from 1953-1957; I also attended the first and second grades at St Vincent de Paul parochial school, which was directly across from the orphanage on Front Street. I would love to read more about the orphanage and some of the nuns that cared for us. The nuns were selfless and tireless, whose first and only priority was providing for the kids in their care.
10/30/2021 05:46:30 am
Where would I find more information? My grandfather had children from a first marriage. When his first wife died he remarried. They all lived in Little Italy in Baltimore. There was a story in the family that the first three children from that first marriage was sent to St. Leo’s. I want to check this out. Happen in early 1900
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Suzanna Molino is the director of Promotion Center for Little Italy, author of 'Baltimore's Little Italy' and editor of Neighborhood News from Little Italy.