The people of the Archdiocese of Detroit have proven their resilience time and time again in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, they have proven this once again. With the necessary limitations and restrictions to protect the safety of all, parishes communities, pastors and Catholic ministries have adapted. From drive-through confessions and parking lot Adoration, the Church of Detroit found creative ways to adhere to social distancing and health guidelines while continuing to serve the faithful.
A man waits for confession outside the chapel at St. Bonaventure Monastery on Detroit’s east side in March. The Capuchin Franciscan friars, known for hearing dozens of confessions daily, are keeping their normal schedule, but urging people not to congregate in the waiting area.
Fr. Eric Fedewa leads Eucharistic adoration in the parking lot at St. Basil the Great Parish in Eastpointe in April.
People pray in their cars as Fr. Eric Fedewa leads Eucharistic adoration in the parking lot at St. Basil the Great Parish in Eastpointe in April.
Catholics gather near the statue of Black Jesus at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in June to pray the rosary for an end to racism.
A woman prays with other Catholics by the statue of Black Jesus at Sacred Heart Major Seminary to pray the rosary for an end to racism.
Archbishop Vigneron celebrates Mass in an empty Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament broadcasted live for the first time in March. Every Sunday while public Masses were suspended in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Mass was streamed live from the Cathedral for faithful to watch from home online or on TV.
Shrine Catholic High School senior Claire Cerone, with her parents Sarah and Shane Cerone, received a yard sign and visit from administrators of the Royal Oak school as they prepared for graduation. Despite the pandemic’s limitations on social gatherings, schools across the Archdiocese of Detroit creatively honored the the class of 2020.
Shrine senior Noah Gappy received a graduation package from Fr. Joe Lang as part of the school’s effort to recognize the Class of 2020.
After Easter Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Archbishop Vigneron held Adoration outside of the Cathedral and gave a special blessing for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Local Catholics gather outside of the Cathedral for Adoration and the Archbishop’s blessing on Easter Sunday.