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Never, ever forgotten

Kate Marien, Patricia Kondratenko and Eric Kondratenko of Romeo hold a photo of their sister and daughter, Suzanne Kondratenko, next to her name on the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City on Sept. 11, 2016, the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that claimed her life and the lives of 2,976 others.

Fifteen years later, family, school recall Sept. 11 victim as someone who ‘always looked to help’ BLOOMFIELD HILLS — On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed for Americans. The unimaginable devastation and loss of innocent life as a result of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil has left a deep, permanent impression, but…

Convocation previews Synod 16, urges ministers to heed Spirit’s call

Parish ministers from across the Archdiocese of Detroit sing during the opening Mass of the Convocation of Lay Ecclesial Ministers on Aug. 31 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The convocation served as a preview to the themes of Synod 16, which will take place Nov. 18-20.

Fall gathering will focus on renewal of individuals, families, parishes and archdiocese DETROIT — With Synod 16 right around the corner, lay ecclesial ministers know they’ll be on the “front lines” of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s initiative to evangelize the culture of southeast Michigan. So when ministers from across the Archdiocese of Detroit gathered at…

For local Albanians, St. Teresa’s merciful nature was personal in both words and deeds

Fr. Frederik Kalaj, pastor of St. Paul Albanian Parish in Rochester Hills, leads a procession to a statue of St. Teresa of Calcutta on the parish’s grounds Sept. 4.

ROCHESTER HILLS — From now to eternity, she’ll be known as St. Teresa of Calcutta, but for those who share her ethnic heritage, Mother Teresa will always be Albania’s special saint. For members of Metro Detroit’s two ethnic Albanian parishes, the canonization of Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, as she was born in 1910, as St. Teresa…

Archbishop: St. Teresa wouldn’t mind cameras because ‘it was always about Jesus’

Mass-goers greet and congratulate the five Missionaries of Charity sisters in attendance during a Mass of thanksgiving for the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Sept. 4. (Photos by Mike Stechschulte, The Michigan Catholic)

DETROIT — Despite her larger-than-life personality packed into a smaller-than-small stature, Mother Teresa was never one for media attention. She spent her time, after all, with those who received little to no attention at all — the poorest of the poor, those on the margins of society for whom the cameras never rolled. So what,…

A perfect day to say ‘I do’

A couple smiles at each other as Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron leads the blessing and exchange of rings during a joint wedding Mass on Aug. 27 involving 17 couples at St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Pontiac. The joint wedding was the result of the parish’s push to encourage cohabiting and civilly married Catholics to tie the knot before God and His Church.

Seventeen couples profess vows during joint wedding at St. Damien of Molokai Pontiac — Seventeen brides plus 17 grooms equals one very special, albeit unique, day. Amidst a congregation of friends and families, 17 couples entered in holy matrimony in the Catholic Church at St. Michael’s Church of St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Pontiac,…