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Servite was the co-ed high school of St. John Berchmans parish in Detroit. The 1953 yearbook features the first graduating class to go through all four years at the high school. A scan of that yearbook can be found by clicking this link. Continue reading
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The parish's Golden Jubilee book from 1940 is now on-line and can be found by clicking here. Sweetest Heart had both a grade school and a high school. The grade school had as many as 1875 students during the 1920-21 school year. The high school started later, and had only been open for 2 years as of 1940. The Diamond Jubilee book published in 1965 spoke of the future of Sweetest Heart's schools with uncertainty. The high school closed in 1966, and the grade school closed in 1975. Continue reading
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Detroit St. Philip Neri parish was located on Dickerson and Charlevoix. The parish opened in 1927, and sadly, closed in 1989. The 1936 high school yearbook has been scanned and can be found here, and on the left sidebar of this site. The high school closed in 1970. The 1969 yearbook was located on the Classmates.com site and the Senior class that year had 43 members. Continue reading
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10153701_10201961324739034_1715601512882795083_nBack in 1927, the Detroit Holy Redeemer High School yearbook was called the Camanile, which was the name given to the parish's church tower, shown on the cover, and shown in this photo taken from the yearbook. The entire yearbook has been scanned and can be found by clicking this link. There is also a photo album link in the left column of this site. Holy Redeemer has been one of Detroit's major Catholic parishes from way back to the early years of the 20th Century. Family legend has it that my mother's parents, James Coffey and Nona Garvey, were married at a 5:30am weekday Mass in 1917, so they could both get on to their jobs on time. Later that year my grandfather went on to serve in the US Navy in World War I. Continue reading
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Secondly, the song reminds me of the late Kaye Tertzag, a store front lawyer before he became a Wayne County Circuit Court judge. Kaye Tertzag started his legal career working in a small store front law office where he practiced nights and weekends, after he finished his "day" job as a teacher at River Rouge High School. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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St. Albertus is located on the Canfield corridor that, over a short stretch, is also home to Sweetest Heart of Mary Church (site of Mass Mob IV on July 13-1800 attending) and St. Josaphat. Until a fire destroyed the building in 1969, the Felcian Sisters' Mother House, Felician Academy Girls High School and an orphage was located immediately across Canfield from St. Albertus. Continue reading
Tim, I am going to forward this message to Tom Wozniak. If anyone can help you, Tom can. Best of luck. I hope you'll let me know how your quest works out.
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Five minutes later, as darkness began to fall, there began a series of detonations that made me think that our street was the site of the preliminary rounds of the AK-47 Competition (Junior High Division) of the 2014 American Open Carry Convention. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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This scan of the 1937 Detroit St. Casimir High School Casmirette was provided to me by my friends Kathy and Tom Wozniak of Livonia. Tom is a St. Casimir Alum and has done a wonderful job preserving the memory of this great Detroit parish and its schools. Continue reading
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Bishop Gallagher Society Board member Jack Rajkovich (St. Scholastica '63, Detroit Catholic Central '67) came upon a copy of the 1949 Archdiocese of Detroit's school report at a local antique shop. Jack bought the book and it has now been scanned and can be found by clicking this link, or by locating the icon in the left column of this site. Continue reading
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Academy Award Winner Patty Duke visited CC during Boys' Bowl weekend in the fall of 1963. Here are some pictures from that visit. Jack Rajkovich '67, Bishop Gallagher Society Board member, who was a freshman at CC during that time, recently attended a book signing event last week at Congregation Shaarey Zedek. The program was sponsored by KADIMA, a Jewish supported mental health agency. Jack reminded Patty of her Shamrock connection. Ms. Duke was nice enough to autograph Jack's 1964 CC yearbook. Continue reading
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Two additional rows of Detroit area Catholic school crests/logos have been added to the Bishop Gallagher Society Collage. The current graphic can be found in the left column of the website, or here, full size. The new additons, left to right: Detroit Salesian, Detroit Girls Catholic Central, Harper Woods Bishop Gallagher, Detroit East Catholic, Southgate Aquinas, Dearborn Sacred Heart. Sadly, all now closed. Sacred Heart Seminary (high school closed in 1970), Felician Academy 1, Felician Academy 2, Our Lady Queen of Angels, Austin, Our Lady Queen of Heaven. All closed. Continue reading
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Detroit Mass Mob II, held on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at St. Charles Borromeo parish in Detroit. The event was a huge success and the church was full. It is to be hoped that this is the beginning of a movement. The event was publicized... Continue reading
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Today, the site makes its first attempt to upload an entire yearbook in pdf format. The book chosen in the 1943 Detroit Felician Academy Crest. The Felician Academy was an all-girls high school sponsored by the Felician Sisters, whose contribution to Catholic education in the Detroit area was and is... Continue reading
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Scan0026The Antholite of 1951, the yearbook of Detroit St. Anthony High School is now on line. The images can be found here, or by clicking the link which can be found on the left column of the Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project website-www.bishopgallagher.org . The parish, on Detroit's east side was established in 1857. The high school, located at the corner of Sheridan Street and Farnsworth Street, first opened in 1918, and reached a peak enrollment of 1040 in 1927. Sadly, declining enrollment led to the closure of St. Anthony high school in the late 1960s, but the building was immediately re-opened as the site of East Catholic High School, a merger of several parish high schools in the area. East Catholic enjoyed a great run from 1969 to 2005, when it closed. Sadly, the building fell victim to vandals and scavengers and was demolished in 2012. Continue reading
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After the January 30, 2014 article in the Detroit Free Press, I received an invitation for a call in interview from Teresa Tomeo's Catholic Connection show on Ave Maria Radio. The interview, to discuss the Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project, www.bishopgallagher.org, took place on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The interview, which can be heard (at least for now) by following this link. The interview is in segment 3 of the first, or local hour of the show, at about the 8:35-8:40 mark. Continue reading
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The response to the Free Press article has been amazing. 11,000 additional hits to this website have been registered over the past 2 weeks. Over 600 new members have joined the "I went to Catholic school in Metro Detroit" Facebook group. I was invited to do a phone interview with Teresa Tomeo on her Catholic Connection radio show, an interview which took place on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. I have received many donations of historic material and many phone calls and emails. I have tried to respond to all contacts, but, I am having trouble keeping up. I hope many of the nice people who called and wrote can be patient with me. I also received a letter and guide from the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan asking that the Society consider the library as a permanent home for its collection. Continue reading
This audio clip from the 1954 Goodfellow Game between U of D High and St. Mary's of Redford features a 90 yard touchdown run by Bruce Maher, who later played at U of D College and then for the Detroit Lions, among other NFL teams. I was told the play-by-play man of the audio clip is the late Van Patrick. Continue reading
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Ceil Wendt Jensen posted this next picture showing the dedication of the rebuilt church in 1967. The same firemen who rescued the crucifix carry it from the rectory into the new church. Continue reading
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But it is this picture, of Detroit firemen carrying away the crucifix from Detroit Our Lady of Sorrows, after the Briggs Manufacturing factory fire (April 10, 1963) which is most affecting. This picture symbolizes, more than any other I have seen, the mission of this organization, which is the preservation of Detroit's Catholic heritage, most especially that of its Catholic schools. It will soon appear permanently on this site's home page. Continue reading
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Scan0016The 1938 University of Detroit High School yearbook, the Cub, is now on-line. The album can be accessed from the sidebar of the www.bishopgallagher.org website, or by clicking this link. This yearbook is another example of the Depression era yearbooks: softbound, short and comparatively few business ads. U of D High (now called U of D Jesuit) has been in continuous existence since 1877, and is one of only 3 Catholic high schools currently in operation within the Detroit city limits. Continue reading
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Thanks to Ralph Marontate, who dropped off (at my house) a 5lb+ box of yearbooks and alumni reunion books-mostly from St. Mary of Redford but also some from St. Theresa. The '54 Rustic from SMR only has pictures of the Seniors. Before scanning this in its entirety, I will pick out a few interesting bits. Continue reading
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Scan0001The 1938 Detroit St. Theresa of Avila yearbook, the Theresian, has been uploaded to this site. Gone is the hard-bound leather volumes of the 1920s (I have the 1927 and 1929 yearbooks in my collection). Gone is the name "Veritas" (Truth)-too bad, I really liked that. Gone are about 220 pages-this book is 30 pages long, compared to the 250+ pages of 1929. No business ads. The entire sports program gets 2 whole pages. Continue reading
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According to the parish history, the expansion of Woodward took away the church's front lawn. However, after World War II, the construction of I-94 cut through the parish, taking away its rectory and convent. That had a bigger effect on the parish. The high school closed in 1950, though it re-opened almost immediately as Salesian High School, a boy's school, sponsored by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Sadly, Salesian closed in 1970. Continue reading