The author, Manny Caballero (left), with Fiorello Salvo.

When I was invited by my good-looking radioman friend, Fiorello Salvo, and Pastor Victor Paloma, to join their committee that will undertake a historic project of handling and organizing the 100 years anniversary of Our Lady of Victories (OLV) Parish in Jersey City, N.J. many months ago, I did not have any reservations and readily accepted the invitation.

I agreed to handle the publicity aspect.

Thus, I’m writing this brief history of OLV Parish with some rare 1917 photos provided to me by Salvo.


Our Lady of Victories Pastor Victor Paloma.

The growth of immigrants from Europe and some parts of the world made Jersey City a metropolis.

The community of one of the Catholic Churches, St. Aloysius, grew too big that it became necessary for the formation of another parish.

With the permission of the Diocese of Newark, The Most Reverend James J. Hall, the Pastor of St. Aloysius Parish, established a mission in 1917 that later became Our Lady of Victories Church.


On Sunday, April 22, 1917, the priests and people of South West Greenville section of Jersey City held its First Mass at 349 West Side Avenue at the old Wicken’s Sash, Door and Blind company.

On Sunday, April 23, 1967, the priests and people of Our Lady of Victories celebrated a Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving to commemorate 50 years of service to God and men.

More than a million men and women, including children, nuns and priests have labored in the vineyard of the parish during the past 50 years.


Over the last 100 years, the Parish has served millions of immigrants from all over the world.

Today, the OLV community’s majority population are Filipino migrants.

Gala Night


The highlight of the year-long celebration of 100 Years Anniversary of Our Lady of Victories Parish (pictured above) in Jersey City will be a Gala Night on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Ramada Plaza Hotel (160 Frontage Road, Newark, N.J.), starting at 6 p.m.

According to Salvo, some 400 invited guests are expected to attend the OLV Gala.

Music will be provided live by Face2Face Band.

Among the expected guests are Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, JC Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr., County Freeholder Bill O’Dea, New York Consul General Tess Dizon De Vega and other Church and Hudson County dignitaries.

Salvo added, “We anticipate a smooth and enjoyable evening on Saturday, especially with a live band and big raffle with big prizes, including round trip tickets to and from the Philippines, courtesy of Philippine Airlines.”

The co-chair also said, “Many thanks to all our committee members for their dedication and work and to all our sponsors.”

According to Fr. Paloma, a mass at 5 p.m. will be celebrated by Archbishop Jose S. Palma of Cebu at the main altar of OLV church on Sept. 30, prior to the Gala Night.

The next day, on Oct. 1, at noon, Fr. Paloma also announced that Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete will officiate mass at OLV, when the new look of OLV will be seen by parishioners, including new chandeliers, new carpets and newly-painted walls.

On Gala Night, Salvo disclosed during the organizing committee’s final meeting last Sunday that various awards will be handed down to longtime parishioners and those who served the OLV parish for many years.

The 100 years commemoration kicked-off with a mass on April 22, 2017 and will end on April 21, 2018 when the Centennial Journal is expected to get finished for distribution.

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