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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Sunday, November 04, 2007

All Saints, a possible saint, and one other in particular

Today we celebrated with great solemnity the Feast of All Saints. In the morning we had a Solemn High Mass, and then Solemn Evensong later in the day. The Choir was fabulous!!!! And we had a fine guest preacher, Fr. Dan Fox from St. Bonaventure's Monastery in Detroit. He is the director of the Fr. Solanus Casey Center, promoting the cause for canonization for Fr. Solanus (pictured here). Fr. Solanus ministered in Detroit, as the doorkeeper at the monastery, and died here in Detroit 1957. More info on Fr. Solanus in available at http://www.solanuscasey.org/

But today, November 4th, is also the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo. Son of a Medici, and nephew of a Medici Pope, Pius VI. Having the right family connection he was appointed Cardinal of Milan (Italy) at the age of 25, not even being ordained! But rather than squandering his position which he received, he took it as a responsibility and studied to be ordained. Using his influence as the bishop of an important diocese (Milan), as well as family/church connections (Medici's/Popes) he was instrumental in what is called the Counter-Reformation, centered around the council of Trent in response to the Protestant Reformation. Charles helped to institute many reforms, was instrumental in the founding of the seminary system, Sunday Schools for the systematic instruction of children. He survived and assination attempt by members of the heretical sect, the humiliati. He also wrote the Catechism of the Council of Trent, which remained the official catechism of the Roman Catholic Church until the current one was issued in the 1990's. Charles died in 1583 at the age of 46.