NYC Honorary Street Names


Fr. Wissa Bessada Way (Staten Island)
Present name:None
Location:At the northeast corner of Lindenwood Road and Amboy Road
Honoree: Egyptian-born Fr. Wissa Bessada was an archpriest and a driving force behind the construction of the Archangel Michael and St. Mena Church in Great Kills. In 1992, he purchased the former Masonic Temple of Great Kills and converted it to a Coptic Church. He volunteered throughout the tri-state area, feeding the hungry in soup kitchens and helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. He held an annual festival which spread Egyptian culture to the local area, started many programs to educate members of the community and hosted English courses for immigrants. (Ignizio)

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