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Vatican names St. Anne patroness of Detroit

May 06, 2011

At the request of Archbishop Allen Vigneron, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has named St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as the patroness of Detroit. Upon his transfer from Oakland to Detroit in 2009, Archbishop Vigneron had discovered that the city had no patron saint.

“Saint Anne has been integral to the story and history of Detroit, and the first Catholic presence in southeast Michigan,” said Archbishop Vigneron on May 5. “Today I am happy to announce that Saint Anne has been, is, and ever will be our patron saint.”

The first Mass in the city was offered on St. Anne’s Day in 1701, and the first parish in the city was dedicated to her.


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