Originally dedicated in 1929 and substantially renovated in the 1980s, Our Lady of Sorrows (OLS) is a French-Gothic…More structure that overlooks the town center. Among its social-action programs, the church offers a food pantry and has volunteers who work for Habitat for Humanity. The pastor is Monsignor Robert Emery; he's been at the church since February 2007. The church has a CCD (Catholic education) program for children in grades K - 8.
The church has substantial and growing Nigerian and Haitian communities.
The Elks are a fraternal organization founded in 1868, although the organization had previously existed under the…More name of Jolly Corks. The first lodge was formed in New York City.
The local lodge is focused on Maplewood and Irvington as well as South Orange and hosts a pancake breakfast every second Sunday of the month. Other fundraising events include a golf outing in July and a pig roast in September.
Funds go toward sponsoring handicapped children at Elks Camp Moore, giving scholarships, and donating to charities like the Our Lady of Sorrows food pantry.
The Elks have a house on Prospect Street with a parking lot at the back. They have a meeting every other Monday. The bar is open to members on Monday and Friday nights.
The Exalted Ruler is James F. Walsh, Jr.; the secretary is Robert Donnelly. There are about 190 members.