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God’s providential timing was on display May 15 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, where Archbishop Allen H...
05/16/2021
Later-in-life vocations Fr. Dudek, Fr. Voiland ordained before friends and family

God’s providential timing was on display May 15 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, where Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron ordained two men to the priesthood who are little older than the typical newly ordained priest.

Regardless of the journeys Fr. John Dudek, 55, and Fr. Robert Voiland, 60, took to get to priestly ordination, it happened exactly as God intended, Archbishop Vigneron said.

Detroit’s newest priests, both second vocations, now ‘called to imitate Christ’ archbishop says during first of two ordination Masses this month DETROIT — Since God is the lord and master...

During the darkest days of the pandemic, Catholic-run soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries continued to me...
05/14/2021
Catholic Services Appeal helps Church ‘fuel the mission’ despite uncertain year

During the darkest days of the pandemic, Catholic-run soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries continued to meet the needs of Metro Detroiters who’d lost jobs, incomes or health.

Catholic schools continued to teach. Parishes livestreamed Masses to countless homes. New converts learned about the faith. Seminarians were formed for ministry, and evangelization continued in new and innovative ways.

And it couldn’t have been done without the generosity of thousands of faithful Catholics, who gave to the Catholic Services Appeal in near-record numbers despite personal and communal challenges, leaders say.

Catholics’ ‘overwhelming’ generosity allowed Church to serve thousands during pandemic’s worst; this year’s CSA launches May 15-16 During the month of May, Detroit Catholic is asking readers to...

“Our mission is to serve rather than be served, and we do this in humility, simplicity and charity,” chapter president L...
05/13/2021
For more than half a century, Ladies of Charity have quietly served others’ needs

“Our mission is to serve rather than be served, and we do this in humility, simplicity and charity,” chapter president Leslie Swanson told Detroit Catholic. “We share that concept with the national association.”

While the Ladies don’t work directly with the public, they partner with more than 40 local social service agencies who request goods from the clothes closet and pantry on behalf of their clients.

“It is the only organization that I know of that has been hands-on helping the needy without stopping (during the pandemic),” said Kay Browne, a member for more than 45 years.

Clothes closet, food pantry works with more than 40 local agencies to provide vital support to families, especially during pandemic’s worst During the month of May, Detroit Catholic is asking...

Deacons Robert Voiland, John Dudek and Zaid Chabaan were inspired to follow Jesus’ call at different points in life, but...
05/12/2021
Three men will be ordained Detroit priests: Here’s a little more about them

Deacons Robert Voiland, John Dudek and Zaid Chabaan were inspired to follow Jesus’ call at different points in life, but each shares a deep desire to serve the Lord’s people and build his kingdom.

Starting this weekend, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will preside over two separate ordinations for the three men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Deacons Robert Voiland, John Dudek and Zaid Chabaan will join ranks of priesthood in two separate Masses with Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron DETROIT — Starting this weekend, Archbishop Allen H....

David Kruse always had an affinity for hand-crafted quality.Spending his summers at his grandfather’s in California, wor...
05/11/2021
OréMoose: Former seminarians start Catholic-themed leatherworks company

David Kruse always had an affinity for hand-crafted quality.

Spending his summers at his grandfather’s in California, working with leather tools, he learned the art of patience, planning and appreciation for craftsmanship that takes time.

Along with fellow former Sacred Heart Major Seminary seminarian Mitch Logeais, Kruse founded OréMoose Leatherworks (a clever pun on oremus, “let us pray,” in Latin) in 2020, a Mankato, Minn.-based leatherworks manufacturer specializing in leather covers for Bibles, breviaries, Magnificats, rosary pouches and satchels.

Former Sacred Heart students David Kruse, Mitch Logeais seek to ‘clothe the Word of God’ through quality craftsmanship, artistic expression MANKATO, Minn. ­— David Kruse always had an affinity for...

Four months after her mother's passing, Erin Coppola has been back for Sunday Masses, but finds it difficult to be there...
05/10/2021
‘Thy will be done’: Catholics cope with grief and loss during COVID-19 pandemic

Four months after her mother's passing, Erin Coppola has been back for Sunday Masses, but finds it difficult to be there with so many reminders of her mother at church. Her mom sang in the choir most Sundays. When they sat next to each other in Mass, her mom would hold her hand during the “Our Father” and then squeeze it before she let go at the end of the prayer.

“I’d say this whole experience has brought me closer to God,” Coppola said. “I remember saying, ‘Thy will be done,’ in my prayer the morning she died and feeling at peace, but it’s still hard.”

Whether they died of COVID-19 or not, family members say losing a loved one during pandemic carries heartache only God can heal NORTH BRANCH — When the rituals Catholics rely upon became...

A common criticism — often unfounded — is that Catholic parishes are “pro-life” only when it comes to opposing abortion,...
05/07/2021
Pro-life means pro-family: How Metro Detroit parishes are helping moms in crisis

A common criticism — often unfounded — is that Catholic parishes are “pro-life” only when it comes to opposing abortion, and not when it comes to offering mothers the help and support they need to care for a child.

Pro-life Catholics often dispute that, arguing that a host of pregnancy and parenting resources exist in the Catholic community — including parenting classes, bottle and clothing drives, mental health services and financial aid — to help new and struggling parents.

The problem, perhaps, is that not enough people know about it.

‘Walking with Moms in Need’ will equip parishes with resources, tools and knowledge to help mothers get pregnancy, parenting help UTICA — A common criticism — often unfounded — is that Catholic...

“Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash,” said Orlando Richardson, who entered the Catholic Chur...
05/05/2021
Death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, mother’s faith inspired man to become Catholic

“Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash,” said Orlando Richardson, who entered the Catholic Church this Easter at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Detroit. “I’m a sports fan, so it touched me when I heard that he had went and received Communion before boarding their helicopter. It really changed my heart. I was seeking a church at that time, and between my mother and the Kobe Bryant ordeal, I made up my mind and wanted to pursue the Catholic faith.”

Orlando Richardson, 67, finds solace in RCIA classes, learning about the sacraments and the God to whom he’s turned his life over This story is part of a series of profiles on new converts who...

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron celebrated Mass with a few dozen Metro Detroit firefighters May 4 at the Cathedral of the M...
05/04/2021
Archbishop thanks firefighters for their bravery during special Mass at cathedral

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron celebrated Mass with a few dozen Metro Detroit firefighters May 4 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Commending the firefighters for their bravery — being the first to arrive on the scene and run into burning buildings — the archbishop said it also takes a special kind of courage to pray to God.

“The shared perception of you is that you are brave,” Archbishop Vigneron said in his homily. “To run into a burning building, you are brave. You have hearts that aren’t typically afraid. So apply what the Lord says about not being afraid in prayer. Your physical courage provides a base for personal holiness. Your courage is a soil, where holiness can grow.”

On feast of St. Florian, patron of firefighters, archbishop encourages men and women who serve to have courage to trust in God’s providence DETROIT — Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron celebrated...

“When we first started doing these processions, it would really cause people to stop in their tracks,” said Michelle Pie...
05/03/2021
Greektown procession honors Mary as the ‘best branch’ of her son, Jesus Christ

“When we first started doing these processions, it would really cause people to stop in their tracks,” said Michelle Pierron, president of the Old St. Mary's Catholic Church parish council and a lifelong parishioner.

“Clearly, many people did not know what the significance of this group or people carrying a statue and monstrance was," Pierron said. "It was not unusual for people to just pause and look and even sometimes drop to their knees. I would venture to say they weren’t all necessarily Catholic, but they could tell something significant was going on.”

#MayCrowning #MonthofMary

Old St. Mary’s parishioners join Archbishop Vigneron in Eucharistic procession through Greektown to celebrate May crowning DETROIT — Old St. Mary’s Parish took advantage of the immaculate...

With vaccination rates increasing, Deacon Mike Chesley hopes to return to in-person ministry soon, but in the meantime, ...
04/30/2021
Virus bars chaplains from visiting prisons, jails; here’s how they’re serving anyway

With vaccination rates increasing, Deacon Mike Chesley hopes to return to in-person ministry soon, but in the meantime, he’ll do what he can to keep Christ’s command to minister to those in prison — and those recently out of it.

“COVID-19 hasn’t made our mission any easier, but it hasn’t made it impossible," Deacon Chesley told Detroit Catholic. "We still need to be here. We still need to help these men and women. We are called to go to the fringes of society, not to wait for them to come to us. So even if we can’t be in the jails and prisons yet, we can still be here in other ways.”

Amidst COIVD-19 concerns in Michigan’s jails and prisons, ministry has pivoted to helping parolees reintegrate back into society DETROIT — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Michigan’s...

During the worst months of the pandemic, Detroit’s Catholic funeral and cemetery workers were among the most “essential”...
04/29/2021
Rest for the weary: How Catholic funeral, cemetery staff embraced grieving families

During the worst months of the pandemic, Detroit’s Catholic funeral and cemetery workers were among the most “essential” of essential workers.

It’s not how they wanted it, but it’s the reality everyone was dealt.

Long hours, difficult conversations — made more difficult by virus-mandated restrictions — and daily changing job roles made an already unfamiliar situation even more challenging for staff at Detroit-based Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, whose responsibilities include maintaining a pastoral presence for those grieving the untimely death of a loved one.

Fourteen months into pandemic, Catholic cemetery workers reflect on difficult year, pledge to walk with families suffering unexpected loss DETROIT — During the worst months of the pandemic,...

Students at Austin Catholic High School are lending a hand to the community — literally.Laura Hayden’s class has been ha...
04/28/2021
‘We want to reach out’: Austin students make 3D-printed prosthetics for amputees

Students at Austin Catholic High School are lending a hand to the community — literally.

Laura Hayden’s class has been hard at work making prosthetic hands for amputees in the community using 3D printers — an innovative and cost-saving approach to a usually complex and expensive problem.

“We are here to make a difference,” said Hayden, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) coordinator at the Chesterfield Township school. “We are taking a global problem to the local level.”

Chesterfield Township Catholic students use technology, Christian faith to solve real-world problems: ‘We’re here to make a difference’ CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Students at Austin Catholic High...

***FROM Fr. Charlie Fox***People imitate each other. I know that I very often pick up little habits or figures of speech...
04/27/2021
If we’re being true to Jesus, others will want to follow

***FROM Fr. Charlie Fox***

People imitate each other. I know that I very often pick up little habits or figures of speech from people close to me. Doesn’t it make sense then, that other people would pick up on our faith or lack of faith? On our willingness or unwillingness to talk about Jesus?

Every one of your thoughts, every one of your words, and every one of your actions either says “yes” or “no” to the truth about Jesus. Nothing escapes the notice of God, and very little escapes the notice of other people. We are constantly communicating to other people what is important to us, what we truly value, what we would live and die for.

A slogan I hear used all the time to encourage or inspire people is, “You’ve got to be true to yourself.” As with a lot of popular slogans, there’s some truth and also a problem here. To be true...

“Campus ministry has been about showing (students) they are not alone,” Sarah Hill, vice president of Catholic Campus Mi...
04/27/2021
Campus ministry has different feel, but remains essential for isolated students

“Campus ministry has been about showing (students) they are not alone,” Sarah Hill, vice president of Catholic Campus Ministry at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, told Detroit Catholic. “Other people are struggling with the same things they are struggling with. We all want to support one another and grow closer to Jesus together.”

The lingering pandemic has exacerbated the isolation many college students feel during their first time away from home, which is why campus ministry is more important now than ever, local campus leaders say.

Newman Centers, college ministries creatively navigate pandemic’s challenges to provide network of support, Christ-based fellowship AUBURN HILLS — If campus is closed, how does one do campus...

Al Knake is a fighter. In 2005, he beat pancreatic cancer. Sixteen years later, he found himself once again fighting for...
04/26/2021
Waterford parishioner gives powerful gift to a man in need — part of her liver

Al Knake is a fighter. In 2005, he beat pancreatic cancer. Sixteen years later, he found himself once again fighting for his life when his liver began to fail.

The latest fight benefitted from a little divine intervention — and a generous gift from an alumna of Our Lady of the Lakes High School in Waterford.

Janet Alexander knew Al Knake’s family through Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Waterford, but the families now share an unbreakable bond WATERFORD — Al Knake is a fighter. In 2005, he beat...

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04/24/2021

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04/24/2021
Catholics Come Home to Hope after general dispensation expires

"If you're Catholic, you can't live without the Eucharist!"

Relieved to receive the Eucharist after a year watching from home, Catholics celebrate a return to Mass with safety measures in place.

Watch now!

#ComeHomeToHope #DetroitCatholic #ReturnToMass

For priests largely used to working alone, the chance to spend time collaborating, praying and learning from fellow prie...
04/22/2021
New moderators for ‘families of parishes’ settling into roles, eager to work together

For priests largely used to working alone, the chance to spend time collaborating, praying and learning from fellow priests has spiritual benefits, said Fr. Brian Cokonaugher, pastor of St. Thecla Catholic Church in Clinton Township.

“Even if we don’t all live in the same rectory, it will be nice to have more of a rapport and a support network, praying together, eating meals together,” Fr. Cokonaugher said. “That’s time well spent. Whenever we can share our experiences in ministry, it reminds us that we’re not in it alone.”

This spring, priest moderators were named for nearly two dozen parish families that will begin operating together on July 1 — the first of two waves, with the second wave of parish families forming in July 2022.

As parishes look ahead to summer launch, priests tasked with leading archdiocese’s new family groupings say arrangement has its benefits WATERFORD — Unless the priest is Jesus Christ, no single...

Erin Miller was living on the West Coast, taking a trip up to Portland, Ore., to see a friend, when she had a minor brus...
04/20/2021
Questions about mysterious statue led to answers Erin Miller found in Catholic faith

Erin Miller was living on the West Coast, taking a trip up to Portland, Ore., to see a friend, when she had a minor brush with Catholicism.

She came across an outdoor grotto built into the side of a large hill, featuring a statue of a man in robes.

“I was at this grotto, and really moved by the whole experience,” Miller, a new Catholic who was confirmed during the Easter vigil at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. “Then I saw a statue at the very end, just as I was leaving. It was a statue of St. Francis, but I didn’t know anything about Catholicism. I just knew it was a statue associated with the Catholic faith.”

Writer, animal lover’s long search for truth led her from Eastern religions and agnosticism to a home in the grace and mercy of Catholicism This story is part of a series of profiles on new...

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