Cardinal Adam Maida

Adam Cardinal Maida

Pope John Paul II named His Eminence, Adam Joseph Maida archbishop of Detroit in 1990. Cardinal Maida had served as bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. previous to his appointment in Detroit.

He was elevated to cardinal in 1994.

Following the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, Cardinal Maida was called to Rome to join the conclave that would eventually elect Pope Benedict XVI to be the late-pope’s successor. Cardinal Maida submitted his resignation that same year at the age of 75. However, Vatican officials asked Maida to remain in Detroit. His resignation from active ministry was finally accepted in January 2009 by the new pope.

Cardinal Maida was born in East Vandergrift, Pa. He was ordained a priest in 1956 for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Maida now serves as Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

Born: March 18, 1930 (East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania)
Ordained Priest (Pittsburgh): May 26, 1956
Appointed Ninth Bishop of Green Bay: Nov. 8, 1983
Ordained and Installed Bishop of Green Bay: Jan. 25, 1984
Appointed Ninth Ordinary and Fourth Archbishop of Detroit: April 28, 1990
Installed Archbishop of Detroit: June 12, 1990
Created Cardinal Priest of SS. Vitale, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio, Roma: Nov. 26, 1994
Appointed Superior of the Cayman Islands, Antilles: July 14, 2000
Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Archdiocese of Detroit: Jan. 5, 2009
Resigned: Jan. 29, 2009

Auxiliary Bishops ordained under Maida


Bishop Bernard Joseph Harrington

Bishop Walter Allison Hurley

Bishop Francis Ronald Reiss

Bishop Kevin Michael Britt

Bishop John Michael Quinn

Bishop John Clayton Nienstedt

Bishop Leonard Paul Blair

Bishop Earl Alfred Boyea, Jr.

Bishop Daniel Edward Flores