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October 8, 2011 — History of St. Michael's Monastery

Rev. Sam Sung of the Hudson Korean Presbyterian Church presents A History of St. Michael's Monastery.

Also speaking will be Louise Meière Dunn, only child of Hildreth Meière, the artist who painted the church's murals, and the artist's granddaughter, Hildreth Meière Dunn, who is a photographer.

Father Rob Carbonneau of the Passionist Order (the original order that operated St. Michaels) will speak around the subject of the genealogy of West Hoboken and Union City and how it relates to the Passionist Archives.

More information on the speakers is below.

Time: 11:00 am — 1:00 pm
The Hudson Korean Presbyterian Church
(formerly St. Michael's Monastery)
2019 West Street
Union City, NJ 07087-3369
Directions: Google Maps


*Note: Ample parking is available on site. Due to its age, the church is not wheelchair- or disabilities-accessible.

More Information on the Monastery

The Monastery and Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Union City, New Jersey was formally opened in 1869 and completed in 1875 under the Roman Catholic Passionist Order. At one time it was the largest Roman Catholic church in Hudson County with a large dome visible from New York City. Built in the Second Empire Italianate architectural style by Patrick C. Keely. It's high arched ceilings adorned with frescoes and priceless stained glass, the Monastery is an architectural and artistic treasure. Today the church is owned and run by the Hudson Korean Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sung as pastor. Since 1986 the church is listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Hudson Korean Presbyterian Church (in Korean)
"Saint Michael's Monastery" Wikipedia.
"A New Monastery at West Hoboken. THE BUILDING AND ITS PURPOSES WHO ARE TO CONTROL IT, ETC." The New York Times. September 15, 1864
"St. Michael's Monastery, Union City, New Jersey." Passionist Centenary in America. 1952.
"Saint Michael's Monastery; Union City, NJ" (Photos). Andrew Blaize Bovasso. March 28, 2011.

More Information on the Speakers

Father Robert Carbonneau

Robert E. Carbonneau is a Passionist priest and Historian and Director of the Passionist Historical Archives, Union City, New Jersey, USA. www.cpprovince.org/archives. The archives is open by appointment to researchers on West Hoboken/Union City, New Jersey history. Father Rob has Georgetown Ph.D. in American/East Asian History. Research and publication concentrates on Passionist history especially in Hunan, China and the relationship of twentieth century American Catholic missionaries to China with the United States, Department of State, the Vatican, and China government as found at the National Archives, College Park, Maryland. From 2007-2008 he taught in Chongqing, China. His email is robcarb@cpprov.org

Louise Meière Dunn

Louise Meière Dunn is the only child of a remarkable woman – Hildreth Meière (1892-1961) an artist who forged a successful career in architectural art at a time dominated by men. Louise is President of the International Hildreth Meière Association, founded to conduct activities to promote and perpetuate the legacy of Hildreth Meière, whose achievements gained the recognition of the established art world during the first half of the last century. Louise has been speaking on the work of her mother since 2003, in such places as England, Ireland, all around the United States and most recently at an event hosted by the Historic Districts Council of New York City at One Wall Street.

Hildreth Meière Dunn

Hildreth Meière Dunn (Photographer), granddaughter of the artist, is the official photographer for the International Hildreth Meière Association. She was the principal photographer and photography editor for both the exhibition and catalogue Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière. She is strongly committed to the permanence of the artistic legacy of Hildreth Meière, in the preservation and re-location of decommissioned works and in maintaining the quality and accessibility of the visual record of the artist’s entire body of work through the dissemination of photographs to numerous publications. She designed and maintains the website.


Website: www.hildrethmeiere.com
Facebook: facebook.com/hildrethmeiereassociation
Twitter: twitter.com/hildrethmeiere