Bishop Moses B. Anderson, a retired auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit, died yesterday, January 1, of cardiac arrest. He was 84 and had been living in Livonia.
Bishop Anderson was born in Selma, Ala., on Sept. 9, 1928, and ordained a priest for the Society of St. Edmund on May 30, 1958. Before coming to Detroit, he had been a pastor in North Carolina and a teacher and college administrator in Alabama. He was named a bishop and appointed to Detroit by Pope John Paul II. He was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit by Cardinal Edmund Szoka on January 27, 1983. He served the Archdiocese in active ministry until October 24, 2003. Residing in Livonia, he remained active after his retirement, assisting the local Church with liturgies and confirmations.
“Bishop Anderson was led to life in the Catholic Church in his youth, and from then on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was the center of his life,” said Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron. “He was a faithful steward of our Eucharistic life all during his priestly service, especially during the years of his episcopacy here in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was unfailingly generous in his pastoral care for us all. We will miss him greatly, and entrust him to the loving care of our Father in heaven.”
Among Bishop Anderson’s duties in the Archdiocese of Detroit, he oversaw regions within the archdiocese, and was pastor of Precious Blood Parish in Detroit from 1992 until 2001. Bishop Anderson also was known for his international ministry, including a long history of involvement in Ghana in West Africa, where he visited often and was given the honor of being made a tribal chief. Along with his ministry, he was known for his patronage of the arts, having shared an extensive collection of African and African-American art with various Catholic institutions, including Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Madonna University in Livonia, and Xavier University in New Orleans.
As of Wednesday morning, funeral arrangements had not yet been made. The Archdiocese will share this information as it becomes available.
Read more about Bishop Anderson here.