Mariano Rivera Helping Rebuild Church In New Rochelle

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It’s a save of a different kind.

Mariano Rivera is a star pitcher with the New York Yankees. But in New Rochelle, he’s hit a home run.

His Pentecostal congregation is going to fix up the crumbling North Avenue Church, which dates to 1891.

It’s abandoned. A stone wall has been toppled. The slate roof has holes.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams In New Rochelle

“Without this kind of a deal, it probably would either have just demolished or fallen down. It really sends a strong message that no matter who you are you still have to be involved in your community,” says City Manager Charles Strome. “He really appears to be a deeply religious person and this is deep in his heart.”

Strome said when Rivera saw the building he fell in love with it.

Beyond a house of worship, Rivera hopes to make it a fixture in the community. Plans also call for a day care center, after school programs, a food pantry, and a clothing closet.

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One Comment

  1. j.j. says:

    Pool party at Mariano’s house.

  2. James pena says:

    There is more joy in giving than receiving. May God continue to bless Mariano in addition to the talent already given him to pitch the way he does. Truly a class act.

  3. Richard Pagli says:

    It will be known as “The Church Rivera built”

  4. Shirley Ranz says:

    Considering the fact that he never pitches before the 9th inning, he probably has time to build it himself.

  5. ILUVNY says:


  6. JNB says:

    A great gesture from a good man…
    Once again Mariano shows that he is first class

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