St. Josaphat

St. Josaphat front

Originally uploaded by StSaling.

My family used to attend mass at this church every Sunday while my grandmother was at Harper Hospital.

St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1889 for Polish immigrants, in response to disagreements with two neighboring parishes — Sweetest Heart of Mary and St. Albertus. The cathedral-sized church was completed in 1901 and sits at East Canfield and the Chrysler Service Drive. It’s hard to miss.

St. Josaphat is one of very few Catholic churches to celebrate the Tridentine Mass — a vintage Latin mass with the priest facing the altar rather than the congregation. For some photos of inside the church, including beautiful altars, stained glass windows and murals, visit the St. Josaphat website.

Funny note: the original feuding parishes are now all run by the same pastor/administrator, Rev. Mark A. Borkowski.

My visit to St. Josaphat was part of a fantastic driving tour a friend and I took through Detroit. I highly recommend it — let me know if anyone would like the itinerary. Probably takes about 4-6 hours.

3 Comments so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2005 @ 2:10 pm

    i’m interested!

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2005 @ 2:55 pm

    Perhaps you could post it for everyone, even in small segments, as I am interested as well.

  3. Stacey (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2005 @ 8:45 pm

    I’ll try to have it up tomorrow, maybe as a PDF or something.

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