The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives grew up in a Baltimore political family. She was born in 1940, the daughter of Annunciata Lombardi D’Alesandro and Thomas J. D’Alesandro Jr., a Democratic congressman and mayor. The D’Alesandros had five other children, all sons, and one of them, Thomas J. D’Alesandro III, became mayor in the 1960s.
In the family portrait, once prominent in the D’Alesandro home in Little Italy and now hanging on the wall of Germano’s Piattini, across the street, 7-year-old Nancy is front and center.
She’s wearing a white dress that, I suggested, “could have been her white dress for First Holy Communion at St. Leo The Great Roman Catholic Church.”
I confess: That was informed speculation on my part. But it was not correct. Call it close but no cannoli.
I figured Pelosi would have received communion at her neighborhood church, St. Leo’s. I was not aware that IND, a Catholic high school for girls founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in the mid-19th Century, once had a lower school, a fact confirmed by the current head of school, Christine Szala. Pelosi graduated from IND in 1958. This record has now been straightened. The son of the late Rose Popolo Rodricks regrets the error.