St. Joseph Oratory Historic Renewal

$16,180 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 151 people in 13 months
See May 16, 2018 Press Release for exciting updates about our campaign!

Note: This page only represents the donations raised on GoFundMe. For the most accurate campaign info and donation totals, visit HistoricRenewal.com.



Dear Faithful and Friends:

I am writing to you with great joy and heartfelt gratitude in announcing the launch of our capital campaign. This campaign will provide the needed funding to begin the preservation and restoration of the historic Church which has been entrusted to us. The Church was built over 140 years ago by craftsmen without any power tools, electricity or machinery. The quality of the structure, stonework, and roofing has survived without major repairs. However, it has come to the point that in order to preserve the facilities we now enjoy, major repairs will be needed to ensure that the buildings remain structurally sound.

In addition to establishing regular devotions and a functioning parish life, we have been working with various engineers and contractors to assess the condition of all of the Parish buildings and to prepare a plan for repairs. That work is now complete.

With approvals from the Archdiocese and the Parish Finance Council we are proceeding with a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million dollars over the next three years. These funds will be used not only for our immediate needs such as the Steeple and stonework repairs, but also to improve our available parking and other needed restorations on the property.

St. Joseph has a rich history in the City of Detroit and in the community we serve. As part of this campaign, we will be calling not only on parishioners to participate and contribute but also to interested civic groups and foundations.

We are grateful for the vision of Archbishop Vigneron in inviting the Institute of Christ the King to Detroit to create a Parish center for the traditional Sacraments, catechesis, and devotions. We also remain thankful for the dedication and devotion of all the priests and parishioners who have worked tirelessly over the years maintaining St. Joseph and preserving its architectural treasures.

I invite you to familiarize yourself with the Historic Renewal campaign material. Please prayerfully consider taking part in this campaign for the preservation and restoration of St. Joseph Oratory.

Join the living legacy. Ite ad Joseph!

In Christ the King,
Canon Michael Stein, Pastor

For additional info, visit HistoricRenewal.com
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November 16th St. Joseph Oratory celebrates the 145th anniversary of the church's dedication. On this most joyous occasion please join "The Drive for 145". Consider making a special donation of $145 in honor of the 145 years of St. Joseph Church and aid our historic effort in completely restoring this sacred edifice.

Thank you for your prayers and generosity! God has worked so many marvels in this blessed church, may He continue to do so,
Canon Stein
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October 16, 2018
2nd Anniversary of the Institute at St. Joseph Oratory and
1st Anniversary of the Historic Renewal Campaign

Dear Faithful and Benefactors:
I am writing to you with great joy and gratitude regarding important updates to the $2.5 million Historic Renewal Campaign. This is the most significant campaign undertaken since the construction of our church. Launched just one year ago today, the Campaign has successfully raised $900,000 toward its ambitious Year 1 goal of $1.0 million. Your generous response to our dire needs is both humbling and edifying. I am grateful that so many of you have embraced and continue to support our Living Legacy.
Our Historic Renewal Campaign is a three-year effort to raise funds for specific projects. Out of the $900,000 raised in Year 1, your contributions enabled us to dedicate $750,000 to the historically faithful restoration of our iconic steeple, which is now underway. This work includes new slate shingles, decorative copper details, new wood underlayment, and restored bell tower louvers. This was the priority project for the first year. Other projects funded in Year 1 include parking lot lighting, church stonework, and basement waterproofing.
We now enter Year 2 of our parish Campaign. Our original second year goal of $750,000 becomes $850,000 with the shortfall from Year 1. Projects advance as the donations come in. The only project deferred from the first year was the roof replacement on the Caretaker’s House, which is used for the Food Pantry. We are dedicating Year 2 funds for the East parking lot, security gating and fencing, and urgent electrical upgrades to the church. We still have knob and tube wiring from the 1880’s!
I am asking all parishioners and benefactors to revisit their donation commitment this past year and to prayerfully consider taking part in Year 2 of the Campaign with great fervor and generosity. We ought to be inspired by the good already accomplished with the grace of God!
You will notice that we completed many other smaller improvements and repairs. The Rectory and Caretaker’s House each have new front steps and the entire campus has beautiful new landscaping. Although less visible, important and long overdue updates to the Rectory kitchen, bedrooms and guest quarters were completed. We funded all of these improvements from the parish’s normal operating fund and individual donations, plus contributed material and countless volunteer hours. None of these projects used Historic Renewal Campaign funds.
These are exciting times at St. Joseph Oratory. We continue to grow with new parishioners and families. The church is now a destination site for many tour groups and religious organizations. I ask you to please familiarize yourself with the updated Historic Renewal Campaign material and prayerfully determine how you can participate in the life of St. Joseph Oratory, contributing to the preservation and restoration of our Living Legacy. I bring your intentions to daily Mass. Ite ad Joseph!
Yours, In Christ the King,
Canon Stein, Pastor
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See May 16, 2018 Press Release ( http://historicrenewal.com/press-release) for exciting updates about our campaign!

Note: This page only represents the donations raised on GoFundMe. For the most accurate campaign info and donation totals, visit HistoricRenewal.com.
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Press Release- Historic Detroit Catholic Church to Restore 200-ft Steeple and Bell Tower

St. Joseph Oratory steeple and bell tower $680k restoration begins just seven months after campaign launch!

Wednesday, May 16 – St. Joseph Oratory on Monday will begin full restoration of its 200-foot steeple and bell tower, located across from Eastern Market in Detroit. Media is welcome to attend a press conference detailing the project at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21 at 1828 Jay St., inside the social hall.

Part of a $2.5 million Historic Renewal campaign launched in October 2017, the steeple and bell tower restoration will return the structure to its original form. The bell tower was built in 1873 and the steeple was added in 1892. At the time of its completion, the German Gothic church was the tallest building in Detroit.

Heavy winds in the spring of 2016 severely damaged the steeple and the church building was closed for a few months until temporary emergency repairs could be made. Now, two years later and just seven months after the campaign launch, the complete steeple and bell tower restoration is set to begin.

Detroit Cornice & Slate, founded in Detroit in 1888, has been selected to complete the restoration for $680,000. Preliminary work is already underway. The projected date of completion is late summer 2018.
The steeple project will include all new slate and wood underlayment, and full restoration of the historic, decorative copper work. The bell tower will receive much needed repairs to its exterior stonework and bell louvers. The church will remain open during construction and will maintain its full parish schedule.

In October 2016, Archbishop Vigneron entrusted the parish to the care of the Institute of Christ the King. Canon Michael Stein, Pastor of St. Joseph Oratory and member of the Institute, said he is “ecstatic that a local Detroit company experienced in steeple repairs will be doing the work. It shows that we are Detroit built and Detroit restored. The restoration will return the steeple and bell tower to its original condition and grandeur.”

Archbishop Vigneron praised the parish’s efforts when fundraising began late last year, “we are grateful for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and its dedication to preserving this historic church and caring for the parish community that gathers within.”

Fundraising continues for needed repairs to the building’s historic stonework, roofing and electrical systems. Anyone seeking additional information, or desiring to make a donation, is encouraged to join the living legacy online at HistoricRenewal.com, or on social media: @StJosephOratory on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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$16,180 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 151 people in 13 months
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St Joseph Roman Catholic Church (St. Joseph Oratory)
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Detroit, MI
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