Saturday, October 13, 2012

Another of the Many Faces of Detroit

While exploring the city of Detroit we discovered this beautiful Roman Catholic Church, Ste Anne's.  Despite all the negative publicity, there are some wonderful places to explore in Detroit, a city rich in history important to Michigan.

Let me introduce you to Ste Anne's Roman Catholic Church.
On July 26, 1701, two days after arriving, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit, built a chapel dedicated to Saint Anne, the patron saint of New France.  The church records, which date from 1704, are now the second oldest continuous Roman Catholic parish records in the nation.  The cornerstone for the present Gothic Revival building, was laid in 1886.  The church displays the oldest stained glass in the city.  Father Gabriel Jacques Richard arrived in Detroit in 1798.  In 1802 he became the pastor of Ste Anne's Church.  He brought a printing press to the area and in 1809 printed Michigan’s first newspaper, The Michigan Essay or Impartial Observer.  In 1817 Father Richard and Revered John Monteith (a Presbyterian minister), became the first professors of the University of Michigan, the territory’s pioneer educational establishment.  Richard also established schools for girls and Indian children.  From 1823 to 1825 Father Richard was the Michigan Territory’s delegate to the United States Congress and was instrumental in gaining support for the Territorial Road, which linked Detroit and Chicago, opening Michigan to settlement.


  1. That is a long and noble history!! It's a beautiful building, and I love the way you have captured it!!

  2. Nice picture.

    I don't have pictures of that church but I do have pictures of St. Josephat and the couple of churches immediately around that. Pretty impressive architecture. I actually went inside St. Josephat and it was more impressive on the inside.


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