1 ST. MOSES THE BLACK PARISH
1125 Oakman Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48238
In early 2012 The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament (1905), Church of the Madonna (1924), St. Benedict (1915), and St. Gregory the Great (1923) were “clustered.” On June 1, 2013 these clustered parishes merged into two worship sites: The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Catholic Church of Saint Moses the Black on the site of the former Church of the Madonna. The other two sites are available for weddings and other private events but do not hold weekly Mass. On May 14, 2014, Archbishop Allen Vigneron added Our Lady of the Rosary Parish to the cluster with Blessed Sacrament Cathedral and St. Moses the Black Parish. Msgr. Michael LeFevre is the current pastor in addition to his roles as Vicar for the Genesis Vicariate, administrator of Our Lady of the Rosary, and rector of Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
Church of the Madonna was established in 1924. The church is fairly small with a capacity of about 200. Icons of the apostles line the edges of the ceiling with Icons of the evangelists in the center of the ceiling. A baptismal font is located in the vestibule along with an icon of the parish's patron. The tabernacle is located at the edge of the sanctuary, near the sacristy. The sanctuary features a window depicting Pentecost and a crucifix hanging behind the altar. The fifteen by ten-foot sculptured glass window, based on the theme, “Candlepeople,” was envisioned by the late Father William T. Cunningham and designed by a local artist, Margaret Cavanaugh. An addition was built in front of the church at a later, unknown date.
In March, 1968 in the basement of the Catholic Church of Madonna, Focus: HOPE was established by co-founders Father William T. Cunningham, Father Jerome Fraser and Eleanor Josaitis to provide the needy with career training and food assistance. It eventually grew to encompass a 40-acre campus along Oakman Boulevard in Detroit. Despite its origins, however, Focus: HOPE has no affiliation with the Catholic Church. Fr. Cunningham passed away in 1997 and Josaitis maintained leadership until her death in 2011.
Saint Moses the Black (330–405), was an ascetic monk and priest in Egypt in the fourth century AD. A modern interpretation honors Saint Moses the Black as an apostle of non-violence. He became the spiritual leader of a colony of hermits in the Western Desert. Later, he was ordained a priest.