St Ambrose (Italian Neighborhood Church) parish will celebrate Msgr. Bommarito’s 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood on Sunday, June 11. The 11 am Mass will be celebrated in his honor, followed by a reception in the parish hall. All are invited and welcome to attend.
Other Notable Priest of St. Ambrose Church
In 1903 Father Cesare Spigardi, pastor of the two Italian Churches in downtown St. Louis’s Little Italy (Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Charles Borromeo) came to the and began holding Italian mass in the basement of St. Aloysius Church with Father Ottavio Leone.
Father Peter Barabino ‘The Flying Priest’ arrived at St. Ambrose in February, one month after the fire the destroyed the first St. Ambrose Church. He served as assistant to Fr. Carotti and Fr. Giovannini up to November of 1929. Upon the death of Fr. Giovannini in November of 1929 he was appointed Administrator of St. Ambrose Church and continued to give Catechetical Instructions to the children while serving as pastor
Fr Anthony Palumbo was ordained on June 5, 1932 and three days later received his appointment to St. Ambrose Parish. Fr. Anthony Palumbo was very important to many of the boys on the Hill. He was the Assistant Pastor at St Ambrose from 1932 to 1948. He was a young priest who came to St Ambrose from his neighborhood of Dogtown (St James the Greater) because they knew he would be a great fit being able to speak the language and saying Mass in Italian