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Plan calls for transfer of historic Hamtramck church to neighboring parish

St. Ladislaus Church is seen on Caniff Avenue in Hamtramck.

HAMTRAMCK — A plan to transfer a historic Hamtramck church from one parish to another will have the effect of strengthening both parishes and ensuring the local Catholic community continues to be well-served, according to a letter from Auxiliary Bishop Donald F. Hanchon. Under the plan, St. Ladislaus Church, which currently operates as a worship…

St. Pio of Pietrelcina — ‘Padre Pio’ — patiently suffered Stigmatic wounds

St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Sept. 23)
Patron of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, stress relief and the January blues

On Sept. 23, the Catholic Church remembers the Italian Franciscan priest St. Pio of Petrelcina, better known as “Padre Pio” and known for his suffering, humility and miracles. The man later known by these names was originally named Francesco Forgione, born to his parents Grazio and Maria in 1887. His parents had seven children, two…

Canton parish restructures to focus on ‘one thing’: evangelization

The leadership team at St. John Neumann Parish in Canton meets with Fr. Ron Richards weekly to keep the parish moving toward its goal of promoting “missionary zeal.”

Karla Dorweiler | Special to The Michigan Catholic CANTON — Like other pastors in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Fr. Ron Richards attended the Amazing Parish Conference in April with his leadership team. But unlike most, he had already attended the conference two years earlier in Denver. “It was still well worth attending the second time to…

Synod member says personal testimony ‘powerful’ in changing hearts

Fr. Alex Kratz

Name: Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM City: Berkley Position: Assistant director of Franciscan Formation and spiritual director of Terra Sancta Ministries Age: 47     What excites you about the upcoming synod? The seriousness and commitment of the Archbishop, and the archdiocese following him, to undertake this process and to submit to the inevitable learning curve…