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Late Rev. Mario de Jesus honored with street co-naming
BY STEVEN GOODSTEIN
A late, revered reverend was
honored with a street co-naming
On Saturday, September 14, the
street naming ceremony was held
at Randall and Soundview/Taylor
avenues to honor and celebrate
the life of the late Reverend Mario
DeJesus, a Bronx pastor who
passed away in 2017.
Mario was born in 1939 in
Utuado, Puerto Rico and lived in
Clason Point once he moved to the
Bronx. He studied at the Bible Institute
of Mizpa’s New York division
on White Plains Road.
He lived in Clason Point and
was the pastor at Second Penticostal
Church - Casa De La Fe House
of Faith Church for 48 years.
DeJesus’ impact was felt far beyond
the borough. During his missionary
work he built a church in
Peru, an orphanage in El Salvador
and assisted in building another
church in the Dominican Republic.
He was also on the board of Radio
Vision Chistiana, a Christian
radio show based in New Jersey,
in the early 1990s.
Attendees at the event, which
was held by Councilman Ruben
Diaz, Sr.’s offi ce, included Diaz as
well as family and friends of the
“Reverend Mario DeJesus was
my friend for many years,” said
Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr. “After
his passing, I felt compelled
to honor his name by (co-naming)
Randall (and Taylor avenues) ‘Mario
DeJesus Way.’ Today, we unveil
the sign which will stand here
The street naming ceremony
was sponsored by Councilman
Councilman Ruben Diaz, Sr. (2nd from l) community leaders and Rev. De Jesus’ family and friends unveiled the new street
sign. Photo by Silvio Pacifi co
Diaz, Casa De La Fe House of
Faith church, Community Board
9, Omnibuild, Vertical Commuity
Development and LACA International.
“This street co-naming is the
least we can do for an individual
who did so much for the community
for such a long time,” said CB
9 chairman William Rivera, who
fi rst met DeJesus in 2001 when he
was being honored for being a rescue
worker during 9/11.
“He was a man with a big vision
and a great deal of faith,” said
Desire DeJesus Aviles, his third
daughter. “He was willing to help
anyone - and he was incredibly
giving to his church, his community
and his family.”
Desire and her husband Luis
are currently co-senior pastors
at the Second Penticostal Church
- Casa De La Fe House of Faith
The naming ceremony also featured
The new ‘Mario De Jesus, Sr. Way’ street
sign. Photo by Silvio Pacifi co
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a block party which included
music, food, games, bounce rides
and live entertainment for children
throughout the day.
DeJesus passed away on November
14, 2017. He was 77.
DeJesus’s visitation and service
were held at Casa De La Fe House
of Faith church, 1810 Randall Avenue,
on November 19, 2017. He was
buried at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla,
NY. He was the father of four
daughters and one son.
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