St. Joseph Oratory Historic Renewal

$12,975 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 125 people in 8 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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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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Dear Friends,

The total cost of the needed steeple repairs is $600,000 and you can help us get there!
We are counting on you, our Go Fund Me supporters, for $75,000 of that sum. Our others sources of funds are grants, parish pledges, and mail-in donations.

"Help us get there" also refers to the fact that it is an estimated $75,000 of the budget just to have access to the 200ft spire for repairs, i.e. crane rental and other materials. Thus, by your $75,000 you are also literally helping us get there; up to that steeple!

Together we can do this. Please remember us in your #GivingTuesday and holiday generosity.

With my prayerful gratitude,
Canon Stein
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Historic Renewal Campaign Launch
Oct. 13th Press Release
Oct. 15th 12:30pm Presentation to Parishioners & Friends in Social Hall
Oct. 16th 10am Press Conference in Social Hall
3 year, $2.5mil Campaign to begin Restoration
Year 1: $1mil
Year 2: $750,000
Year 3: $750,000
Central Project of Year 1: Steeple, an estimated $600,000 and that's our Go Fund Me goal!
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$12,975 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 125 people in 8 months
Funds raised will benefit:
St Joseph Roman Catholic Church (St. Joseph Oratory)
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Detroit, MI
EIN: 381411192
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