Both Sacred Heart Basilica and St. Lucy's are examples of the artistic genius of Professor Gonippo Raggi, a native of Rome who made his home in New Jersey at the turn of the 20th century. More of his work can be found at St. Catherine's in Spring Lake, as well as the chapel of Villa Walsh, the Motherhouse of the Religious Teachers Filippini.
But I digress.
The pastor of St. Lucy's, Msgr. Joseph Granato, has been there since 1955, when he was a curate to the legendary Fr. Gaetano Ruggiero. Having reached the age of 80, and after having received numerous extensions past the normal age of retirement from active ministry, the Archbishop of Newark has decided that Msgr. Granato should retire as Pastor of St. Lucy's. Here's where the "he said/he said" fun begins.
Here's a link to an article in yesterday's Star Ledger.
Also, here's a link to a story that'll put St. Lucy's, Newark, and Msgr. Granato in a larger perspective.