S ince 1893, the Holy Spirit Fathers [Spiritans] have faithfully served Old St. Mary’s Church. The Spiritan Fathers continue to exercise their rule of Faith by making themselves advocates, supporters, and defenders of the weak and little ones.
B efore she gained the title “Old”, St. Mary’s was known as the “Church of the Grottos.” There are three: the grotto of Gethesemane, depicting Christ’s agony in the Garden of Olives; the Baptismal Grotto, depicting Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist complete with running water; and the Lourdes Grotto which is a replica of that French shrine.
O ld St. Mary’s is a spritual oasis in Downtown Detroit. Daily Mass attracts the business community, government, court employees, and out of town visitors. Now in its 179th year of faith and service to God’s people, Old St Mary’s extends a warm welcome.
A s a downtown parish, many travel a considerable distance to be with the Lord. Our Liturgical customs, traditions and devotions attract parishioners and visitors from near and far. The Catholic Church is open to everyone; we invite you to our beautiful historic Church to deepen your Faith in the risen Jesus Christ!
Kijungru, is the location of our sister parish. Since the 1970’s, OSM has been supporting, and maintaining communication with her Catholic Brethren.
Purity, is a young girl living at St. Claire Girl’s center. She is our sponsored child, whose material and spiritual needs are being met, as well as receiving a Catholic education.