Focus: HOPE—Fighting Racism, Poverty and Injustice in Detroit Since 1968

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Detroit was deeply divided in the 1960s.  There was a chasm between white society, largely in the suburbs, and the black community which remained in the central city.The city’s segregated society got a shake-up on July 23, 1967, when white police vice squad officers executed a raid on an after-hours drinking club or “blind pig” in the predominantly black neighborhood located at Twelfth Street and Clairmount Avenue.  Inside the illegal club, 82 people were celebrating the return of two Vietnam … [Read more...]

JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER’S DAY! St. Anne, Patron of Detroit

REPOSTING from last year, because of the holiday this weekend!Now there’s a mother to admire!  Just imagine dinnertime at the home of Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus!  All the sharing, all the prayer, all the joy that must have filled that happy home!Just in time for Mother’s Day, Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus, has just been named the patroness of Detroit. It’s been a big week for the city!  We have been waiting for the P … [Read more...]

St. Al's: Music, Architecture and Service Lead Detroiters to God

I worked in downtown Detroit many years ago, and one of my pleasant discoveries as I wandered the streets during my lunch hour was the unique and vibrant liturgy at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.St. Aloysius is located on Washington Boulevard, pressed into the space between the historic Book Cadillac Hotel and the Chancery offices.  Modeled after the great Duomo in Milan with its lower-level crypt chapel, St. Al’s was the only church I’d seen with both an upper and lower church.  On one visit, I … [Read more...]