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St. Raphael Kalinowski

Saint Raphael was born  in 1835 as Joseph, son of Andrew and Josepha Kalinowski in present day Lithuania. Saint Raphael felt a call to the priesthood early in his life, but decided to complete his education. He studied zoology, chemistry, agriculture, and apiculture at the Institute of Agronomy in Hory Horki, Russia, and at the Academy of Military Engineering in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Saint Raphael became a Lieutenant in the Russian Military Engineering Corps in 1857. During his post he was responsible for the planning and supervised construction of the railway between Kursk and Odessa. He was promoted to captain in 1862 and stationed in Brest-Litovsk. In Bret-Litovsk he started, taught, and covered all the costs of a Sunday school, accepting anyone interested.In 1863 he supported the Polish insurrection. He resigned from the Russian army and became the rebellion's minister of war for the Vilna region. He only took the commission with the understanding that he would never hand out a death sentence nor execute a prisoner. He was soon arrested by Russian authorities, and in June of 1864 he was condemned to death for his part in the revolt. Fearing they would be creating a political martyr, they commuted his sentence to ten years of forced labour in the Siberian salt mines. Part of his sentence was spent in Irkutsk, where his relics have been moved to sanctify the new cathedral.Upon his release in 1873, he was exiled from his home region in Lithuania. He moved to Paris, France, and worked there as a tutor for three years. In 1877 he finally answered the long-heard call to the religious life, and joined the Carmelite Order at Graz, Austria, taking the name Raphael. He studied theology in Hungary and then joined the Carmelite house in Czama, Poland. He was ordained on January 15, 1882.Saint Raphael worked to restore the Discalced Carmelites to Poland, and for church unity. He founded a convent at Wadowice, Poland in 1889, and worked alongside Blessed Alphonsus Mary Marurek. He was a noted spiritual director for both Catholics and Orthodox. He was considered  an enthusiastic parish priest and spent countless hours with his parishioners in the confessional. Saint Raphael died in 1907 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1991.Source:

Reverend Douglas Bignall

Reverend Douglas Bignall appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Louis Parish, Clinton Township, effective November 9, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Hubert Parish, Harrison Township.

Reverend George Patauave

Reverend George Patauave authorized for service to the Archdiocese of Military Services, effective January 6, 2020. Fr. Patauave currently serves as the Pastor of St. Mary Mystical Rose Parish, Armada.

Reverend Christopher Talbot

Reverend Christopher Talbot appointed Pastor of St. Mary Mystical Rose Parish, Armada, effective January 6, 2020, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi-St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Ray Township.

Reverend Steven Mateja

Reverend Steven Mateja appointed Parochial Vicar of both St. Mary Mystical Rose Parish, Armada, and St. Francis of Assisi-St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish, Ray Township, effective January 6, 2020. Fr. Mateja currently serves as Parochial Vicar of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Allen Park.

Reverend Ronald Babich

Reverend Ronald Babich granted a personal leave of absence, effective October 11, 2019.  Fr. Babich currently serves as the Pastor of St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston.

Reverend John Maksym

Reverend John Maksym appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston, effective October 11, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Lake Orion.

Catholics in Detroit, Windsor to unite in prayer for international Rosary Coast to Coast event

Metro Detroit Catholics plan to gather at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 along the Riverwalk at the Detroit Renaissance Center to pray the Rosary while their Canadian neighbors pray within eyesight at the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens in Windsor. 

The twin prayer gatherings are part of the second annual Rosary Coast to Coast, a series of Rosary prayer rallies happening simultaneously across North America and in 50 countries worldwide. 

“Prayer changes things for the positive and we’re excited to help our nation through the power of the Rosary,” said Leonard St. Pierre, president of the World Apostolate of Fatima’s Detroit Archdiocesan Division, which co-sponsors Detroit’s event. “Uniting with people from across America and around the world to pray at exactly the same time will be an amazing and impactful experience.” 

The Detroit and Windsor coordinators have exchanged large national flags, which will be visible from either side of the river during the rally. Both country’s participants plan to wave the flags in a sign of unity before they begin praying the Rosary. The event will kick-off with the U.S. side singing “God Bless America” as their Canadian friends sing “O Canada.” 

In addition to the Detroit and Windsor locations, Rosary Rallies will take place along U.S. coasts and borders, in front of state capitols and other public buildings, in parks, on beaches, along busy streets as well as inside and outside churches and shrines. In 2018, the first annual Rosary Coast to Coast resulted in more than 1,200 simultaneous rallies held across the U.S., in addition to rallies in more than 50 participating countries worldwide.  

Catholic groups from across America are registered to participate, with a large-scale event scheduled in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.  

“Praying the Rosary is a tremendous way for families to pray together and for people to gather in prayer as a public witness to our faith,” said Father Stephen Pullis, director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. “The Rosary Rally brings together many faithful Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit, reminding our Church and community that Jesus is at the center of our lives and his Mother, Mary, is a powerful intercessor, guide and friend to all the faithful.”

John Azzopardi, Windsor’s event captain, echoed Father Pullis’ prayer.

“We’re blessed to live on a peaceful border between our two countries and to share such a strong friendship between our nations,” Azzopardi said. “We’re happy to be joining our American neighbors in Detroit, and it will be exciting to physically see them as we pray for continued peace on our border and for peace throughout the world.”

The second annual Rosary Rally falls on the feast of Our Lady of the Fatima, who in 1917 appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal and encouraged them to pray the Rosary daily for world peace.  

Rosaries and miniature American flags will be offered free to the first 300 people to arrive at the Detroit event. Those who cannot attend a rally are encouraged to unite in spirit with participants worldwide, by praying the Rosary at 4 p.m. wherever they can. For more information on how to participate in Rosary Coast to Coast, please call (313) 320-7887.

Reverend James Kean

Reverend James Kean appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Perpetua Parish, Waterford, with the assistance of Deacon Robert Gajda, appointed Deacon Coordinator.  Deacon Gajda, under the auspices of Father Kean, will manage the day-to-day operations of the parish, being attentive to the needs of the parish, and report those to Father Kean.  These assignments are effective September 30, 2019, in addition to Father Kean’s continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Pontiac; and Deacon Gajda’s continuing responsibilities as Deacon of St. Perpetua Parish, Waterford.

Monsignor John Zenz

Reverend Monsignor John Zenz appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Lucy (Croatian-American) Parish, Troy, effective October 3, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of Holy Name Parish, Birmingham.