Cardinal Szoka Death Notice

September 14, 1927 - August 20, 2014

Our brother and fellow priest, Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, passed on from this life on 20 August 2014, at the age of 86.

Cardinal  Szoka was born on 14 September 1927 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Marquette on 5 June 1954.

Cardinal Szoka’s many assignments included serving as the First Bishop of Gaylord; Eighth Ordinary and Third Archbishop of Detroit; Cardinal Priest of SS. Andrea e Gregorio al Monte Cielo, Roma; President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See; President of the Governatorate of Vatican City State; President of the Vatican City State.

Visitation will take place at The Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Sunday, August 24
Visitation 2 PM – 9 PM
2 PM Reception of the body
7 PM Office for the Dead

Monday, August 25 Visitation 2 PM – 9 PM
3 PM Rosary in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
7 PM Vigil Service

Tuesday, August 26
9 AM – 11 PM Visitation
11 AM Funeral Mass

Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield.

Any priests who would like to offer Mass for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Szoka is welcome to do so at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Cathedral on Monday.  Priests may bring a small group of the faithful with them.  Monday times will be available on the hour and half-hour from 9 AM – 2 PM and 4 - 6 PM.  To reserve a time for such celebrations, please contact Msgr. Michael LeFevre, Cathedral Rector, at 313-865-6300, Extension 225.

Cardinal Szoka was predeceased by his parents.  He is survived by his sister Irene Szoka; and several cousins.  Condolences may be sent to Monsignor Todd Lajiness at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48206.

Kindly include in the general intercessions of your weekend liturgies a prayer for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Szoka. Keep him in your prayers and include him in the Masses celebrated in accord with our revised Mass Pact.

Fraternally yours in the Lord,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit