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Antonio Demo

Father Demo Square
Father Demo Square
Father Antonio Demo (born on April 23, 1870 in Lazzaretto di Bassano, Italy - 1936 in New York City) was a New York City priest and civic activist. He studied at seminaries in Italy and emigrated to the United States in 1896. He initially did missionary work in Boston and then served as assistant pastor of Our Lady of Pompei Church on Bleecker and Carmine Streets in Greenwich Village. In 1900 he was appointed pastor of the church, which served what was then a largely Italian-American community.

New church
New church
In 1923 Father Demo learned that the church would have to be demolished to allow extension of the Sixth Avenue. Father Demo organized a campaign to buy a nearby property and build a new church, rectory, and parochial school. The new church opened in 1928.

In 1935 Father Demo became Pompei's pastor emeritus and superintendent of its parochial school. He died in 1936 in New York, and thousands of parishioners and friends, including Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, paid their respects.

In 1941, the intersection of Bleecker Street and Sixth Avenue was named Father Demo Square.[1]

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