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Archbishop Vigneron recently entrusted Our Lady of the Rosary Parish to two members of the Detroit Oratory-in-Formation, a family of priests and brothers striving to live in mutual charity, prayer and service of the word of God according to the spirit of St. Philip Neri. Founded on July 1, 2017, we are still in the phase of formation as a Congregation within the worldwide Confederation of the Oratory. We seek to serve the mission of the New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit, in three main ways.

1. Evangelization and proclamation of the word of God, especially to the young, while forming them in discipleship and leadership in Church and society.

  • Our primary mission is to be of service to the New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit: bringing the Gospel to a culture which has either left it behind or never persuasively heard it. We intend to proclaim the Gospel in a variety of contexts, formal and informal, liturgical and non-liturgical, both on our premises and in the surrounding areas.

  • The Detroit Oratory will continue the centuries-old tradition, established by St. Philip, of “familiar discourse on the word of God,” both within its community life and in its public preaching. The Oratory fathers intend to foster a culture of hearing, discussing and appropriating the word of God in a variety of contexts, both liturgical and non-liturgical.

  • The Detroit Oratory also intends to continue the Oratory’s long tradition of association of interested lay men and women in its life and mission here in the center of Detroit.

2. The cultivation of the spiritual life through prayer, sacramental service, spiritual direction, beautiful liturgy, and sacred art and music.

  • The Oratory has a long tradition of making available the sacraments of the Church, especially the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation. It is especially attentive to the beauty of the divine liturgy and to faithful adherence to the Church’s liturgical norms. 

  • We also seek to continue the Oratory’s tradition of cultivating beauty in Church architecture and the arts, since we believe that just as the word of God directly reveals God as the Truth, so beauty indirectly reveals Him as the Beautiful, and helps foster a more human environment supportive of living for Him.

3. Service to the poor, sick, and needy, principally in poor neighborhoods.

  • Just as Jesus and the early Church proclaimed the Gospel especially toward the poor, so for us the leading thrust of the New Evangelization will be charity toward the poor.

  • Charity toward one’s neighbor is the test of true conversion to Christ. We therefore seek to include all those touched by Christ in outreach to the most needy among us.

  • On the other hand, charity toward one’s neighbor is a spur toward offering him or her the best thing possible, Christ himself, forever. Our goal in this, however, is what recent Popes have called “integral human development,” that is, bringing the good news of Christ to the whole person, amid all of his or her needs and circumstances. As St. James says, “If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:15-16). Thus, we intend to foster a holistic concern for improving the lives of the poor in our midst.

  • To this end, we will devote one full-time, grant-funded priest dedicated to the development of faith-based community organizing

The members of the Detroit Oratory are deeply grateful to Archbishop Vigneron for his invitation to come to Our Lady of the Rosary parish. We believe there is great significance in the fact that we were founded during the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, where the Virgin Mary revealed herself as “The Lady of the Rosary.” We seek to foster renewed devotion to her under this title. Mary, the Lady of the Rosary, is also the Mother of the New Evangelization. We come especially under her patronage, and look to her as our Foundress and Patroness.