"Inisfada"... Gaelic for Long Island
The incredible mansion was donated to the Jesuits in 1934 by Genevieve Garvan Brady, widow of the business mogul Nicholas F. Brady, who died in 1930. Both devout Catholics.
After 75 years, first as a Jesuit school, then a seminary and more recently a retreat house, St. Ignatius is closing. Inisfada. This was an economic decision that has saddened everybody.
"What are rich people but the trustees of God for the deserving poor and honest labor... The working man's right and dignity should come before high dividends."
The church's long stewardship of this invaluable cultural artifact comes, however, with a responsibility to the greater community. Disaster threatens Inisfada, as much from vandals who would destroy it if improperly secured, to developers who would demolish it to build another condominium community. Interested parties are circling the property already.
We can only hope that everyone involved does the right thing.
We are petioning to stop the sale and distruction of Long Island History.
Please see http://www.inisfada.org for more information.