Prayer Need: Detroit-Area Priest Indicted on Theft Charges

Fr. Edward Belczak

A five-count indictment was issued today by U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade’s office in the theft investigation of Rev. Edward Belczak, former pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan.Father Belczak and his parish administrator, Janice Verschuren, have been accused of stealing nearly $700,000 from parish funds, then using the money to purchase a luxury condominium in Palm Beach, Florida, and other items.  If found guilty of the charges, which include mail fraud, wire fraud an … [Read more...]

Archdiocese of Detroit Embarks on Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost

Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost

On Ash Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Detroit will embark on a "Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost" which will last through Easter Sunday of 2015.Parishes in the Archdiocese have been asked to include in their weekly bulletin this weekend a letter from Archbishop Vigneron, explaining the Year of Prayer.  The letter asks Catholics to pray the prayer from 1961, which was included by Pope John XXIII in his announcement of the Second Vatican Council.  The prayer reads: "Renew your wonders in … [Read more...]

Detroit Priest Charged with Theft, Removed from Ministry – UPDATED

Fr. Timothy Kane

Troubling news today from the Archdiocese of Detroit:  A local pastor has been removed from ministry and a warrant issued for his arrest, following charges that he and a Jackson woman conspired to steal thousands of dollars from the Angel Fund, a privately funded charitable program intended to help inner-city residents.Fr. Timothy Kane, former associate pastor at St. Moses the Black parish in Detroit (formerly Church of the Madonna, St. Benedict and St. Gregory the Great parishes), has been … [Read more...]


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