Update: Alleged Priest-Killer Apprehended in California

Fr. Eric Freed

Just one day after a popular Roman Catholic priest was found murdered in his California rectory, authorities have arrested a man believed to be the murderer.The suspect, Gary Lee Bullock, was arrested on suspicion of murder in the killing of Father Eric Freed, pastor of St. Bernard Catholic Church and a lecturer and Newman Center director at Humboldt State University.  Bullock had been sought after a security guard reported encountering someone who fit his description on the property and … [Read more...]

No Relief for the Poor, As Donation Bins With Warm Winter Clothing Are Stolen

clothing bins disappear

When cold winds blow, the St. Vincent DePaul Society offers needed help to the poor, the unemployed and their families—providing cozy coats and jackets, boots, mittens and scarves to stave off the winter chill.But in the Detroit area this year, there’s not so much warm winter clothing on hand for those in need.  That’s because dozens of donation bins which stand in shopping centers and along busy thoroughfares have been disappearing.Bill Brazier, executive director of the St. Vincent DePa … [Read more...]

Thieves Target Downriver Parish–Twice

St. Cyprian Parish

Riverview is a quiet bedroom community stretched along the Detroit River, about fifteen miles south of the central city.  Catholics in the city worship at St. Cyprian Catholic Church on Pennsylvania Road near Fort Street, the major traffic ribbon which leads northward to Detroit.Last week thieves broke into the parish’s shed for the second time in a month, despite recent security enhancements including stronger locks and more lighting—stealing thousands of dollars worth of lawn and snow equi … [Read more...]