Archdiocese to hold Rosary service, Mass Wednesday in Detroit for victims of Easter violence in Sri Lanka

Apr 24, 2019
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Holly Fournier,

In sadness and solidarity with those killed and injured during the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday, the Archdiocese of Detroit will hold a Rosary service at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24 followed by Holy Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 1234 Washington Boulevard in Detroit. All are welcome to attend.

Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Donald Hanchon will serve as main celebrant of the Mass, and will offer prayers for those killed and injured, their families, for all those affected, and for an end to such devastating violence in our world.

Ahead of the service, Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron prayed for religious tolerance worldwide and looked to the promise of Christ’s Resurrection for comfort.

“We continue to pray for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, for the repose of the souls lost, healing for the wounded and comfort for all those affected by this horrific violence,” he said. “I find myself too often responding to acts of hate with calls for unity, but today I once again pray that we may make the world a place of tolerance and acceptance of people of all religions.

“It is with sorrow and shared grief, but eyes fixed on Jesus and hearts full of hope in the power of the Resurrection, that we pray for healing and peace for the people of Sri Lanka.”

St. Aloysius is one block north of Michigan Avenue and the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. News media are welcome to cover the Rosary service and Mass. For media inquiries and/or to make coverage arrangements, please call Holly Fournier at (313) 237-5802 or e-mail