Catholic Churches of Detroit

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Arcadia Publishing, 2004 - History - 128 pages
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Detroit was once known as the City of Churches. From a primitive log chapel on the banks of the Detroit River three centuries ago to the contemporary structures in the far-flung suburbs, the Catholic churches that grace southeastern Michigan pique the interest and admiration of designers, artists, and scholars. Detroit's Catholic churches have embraced many roles during their existence, serving as historical landmarks, centers for political activities, community charities, and anchors for the city's diverse ethnic groups. They symbolize the devotion, strength, and unity that have nurtured the faithful since 1701. The congregation of Ste. Anne, Detroit's first church, persevered to build seven churches over two centuries, each more magnificent than its predecessor.
  

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Contents

Introduction
6
Old Traditions New Visions
39
Relegated to History
85
Copyright

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Join award-winning author Roman Godzak as he explores an intriguing facet of Detroit Catholic history-church architecture-in this book containing over 200 photographs, many never before published. Marvel at the churches in suburban Detroit that incorporated bolder, more creative designs, heralding a new era in architecture. Finally, revisit the once-thriving churches that were mainstays in old Detroit and have since been closed, the victims of changing times.The photographs used in this book come exclusively from the Archdiocese of Detroit archival collections, where Roman Godzak has served as archivist and historian since 1987. Mr. Godzak has written several histories of the Catholic Church in Detroit, including his successful Arcadia debut, Archdiocese of Detroit, in 2000.

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