Random observations from a Long Island "Revert" to the
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Convent Fire was Possibly Arson
Possible Hate Crime, Arson in Staten Island Convent Blaze
"NEW YORK –– A convent and chapel in New York City were the site this
weekend of a suspicious fire, which injured two nuns and four
Sister M. William McGovern, provincial superior of the Daughters of
Divine Charity community on Staten Island, said the fires were “a true
“The historic portion of our home — with our chapel, sacristy, archives
and provincial offices — was destroyed and is now a crime scene,”
Sister William said.
Early in the morning of Oct. 12, firefighters responded to fires at St.
Joseph Hill Convent and Chapel. According to multiple local news
sources, Sister Regina Gegic and another older sister were staying in
the building when the fire started. Sister Regina was forced to leap
from the second floor of the building to escape the flames.
Sister William said Sister Regina “is in intensive care at Staten
Island University Hospital,” with injuries sustained from the fall. The
other sister in the building at the time of the fire was not reported to
have been harmed."