Big church of the little flower

Big Auditorium of the Church of the Little Flower

Like all the towns around here, the population of Berkeley Heights more than doubled between 1950 and 1960. Consequently, the 1930 sanctuary of the Church of the Little Flower could no longer hold all the new churchgoers.

So in the early 1960s, they built this larger complex about half a mile from the original church, consisting of an auditorium church, convent, and school. (The photo above is the auditorium church.)

The school opened in 1963. Unfortunately for them, the public schools around here were pretty good, and proved to be stiff competition for a little private school. Because of declining enrollment, the parochial school closed in 1988. The school building was “converted into a Religious Education Center for the instruction of all [their] children, and in keeping with the modern trend, it also serves as a Parish Center for the many religious and social programs run by [their] very talented parishioners” (Bernauer 2004, para. 4).

And since the convent was no longer needed after the school closed, it was converted into the rectory (which had initially been located next door to the little church).

I stumbled upon the complex by accident, and I was confused because I knew that the Church of the Little Flower was half a mile down the road, not HERE. So. That’s the story, folks: there’s a little church, there’s an auditorium church, and there’s a school that’s not really a school anymore.



Bernauer, E. (2004; updated 2008). “A brief history of Little Flower Parish.” Little Flower Church, Berkeley Heights, NJ: Parish History.

Troeger, V.B. (2005). Images of America: Berkeley Heights Revisited. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN 0738537527.


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One Comment to “Big church of the little flower”

  1. That’s hilarious. It’s like a 70-year-old man still going by the name Junior.

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