History of the Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Detroit is the administrative body that oversees all Roman Catholic parishes, schools and communities in southeast Michigan. The Detroit Archdiocese is also the seat of the Ecclesiastical Province of Detroit, which includes the six dioceses of Michigan.

  • History »

    The diocese of Detroit was established by Pope Gregory XVI in 1833, more than 100 years after French settlers built their first church here. At the time, the diocese included all of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and portions of the Dakotas, east of the Mississippi River.

  • Past Bishops »

    A list of bishops ordained in Detroit during our history. Also, find priests from Detroit who were ordained bishop in another diocese.

  • Our Coat of Arms »

    The seal of the Archdiocese of Detroit is a symbol of the people and events that helped shape our Catholic community. In the shape of a shield adorned with a jeweled mitre, the seal of the archdiocese represents the founding of the church in Detroit.

  • Patron Saint »

    St. Anne was named by the Vatican as the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Detroit. We honor the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayerfully ask for her intercession.