Restoring Our Church
Growing Our Parish
Reviving Our City
What's The Plan?
We are in the third year of a 2.5 million dollar capital campaign. To date we have raised more than half our goal.
We successfully completed a historic restoration of our nearly 150-year-old steeple at a cost of approximately $700,000.
We hope to raise another $1.2 million for other much needed repairs, including complete restoration and tuck pointing of the entire church stonework.
Major projects by year depending on available funding are as follows:
YEAR 1: $1,000,000 (Actual $900,000)
☑️ Steeple restoration
☑️ Begin church stonework
☑️ Parking lot lighting
☑️ Rectory basement waterproofing
☐ Replace Caretaker’s house roof (Now Year 2)
YEAR 2: $750,000 (Revised $850,000)
☐ Replace entire east parking lot (Almost complete!)
☐ Install new security gate & new fencing (Scheduled & Funded)
☐ Replace church electrical (Funded and Underway!)
☐ Continue with church stonework (Need Funding)
YEAR 3: $750,000
☐ Replace Rectory roof
☐ Complete church stonework
About St. Joseph Oratory
A magnificent Victorian Gothic edifice completed in 1873 and noted as of national architectural significance, St. Joseph Oratory is a landmark center of Catholic faith, culture, and community in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market district. Since October 2016, the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest have served and led the local faithful by bringing daily Traditional Latin Masses, regular devotions, liturgical instruction, and an active parish life. As a result, the parish community at St. Joseph Oratory continues to grow enriching both young and old, individuals and families from all backgrounds and neighborhoods.
In July 2013, the Archdiocese of Detroit merged St. Joseph with two nearby parishes. Then in October 2016, St. Joseph became its own parish under the spiritual and pastoral care of the Institute of Christ the King.
About the Institute of Christ the King
Founded in 1990 within the Roman Catholic Church, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a society of priests, sisters, and oblate brothers whose aim is to bring the truth in charity of Christ the King to every sphere of human life. Currently serving in eleven countries around the world and in thirteen dioceses across the United States, the Institute is devoted to the sanctification of souls through the celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite with Gregorian chant and through the spirituality of its holy patrons: St. Francis de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Benedict, as well as St. Therese of the Child Jesus.
At the invitation of Archbishop Allen Vigneron, the Institute arrived in 2016 to re-vivify the newly-unmerged parish, and to minister to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit through a full sacramental life formed and nurtured by the Traditional Latin Mass. Sacred music, generous service of the poor, and cultural enlivenment have all flowered and continue to grow in the beautiful St. Joseph’s Church in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market, an active and rapidly re-developing urban hub.