Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

A beautiful Detroit Roman Catholic Church closes....


...St. John Cantius parish, an old Polish Church in Southwest Detroit is closing this weekend. The parish was down to 200 members (that is larger than the average membership of an Episcopal Church in the USA, fyi). But it is a massive physical plant to support, and there is little hope that the neighborhood will revive, no less with a Roman Catholic population.
It is a shame a handsome building like this couldn't be picked up and moved to a suburban neighborhood teeming in Roman parishioners, who will instead build a hideous modernist structure which will do nothing to lift up the heart and mind to the transcendent!