I am writing to you with great joy and heartfelt gratitude in announcing the launch of our capital campaign. This campaign will provide the needed funding to beginthe preservation and restoration of the historic Church which has been entrusted to us. The Church was built over 140 years ago by craftsmen without any power tools, electricity or machinery. The quality of the structure, stonework and roofing has survived without major repairs. However, it has come to the point that in order to preserve the facilities we now enjoy, major repairs will be needed to ensure that the buildings remain structurally sound.
In addition to establishing regular devotions and a functioning parish life, we have been working with various engineers and contractors to assess the condition of all of the Parish buildings and to prepare a plan for repairs. That work is now complete. With approvals from the Archdiocese and the Parish Finance Council we are proceeding with a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million dollars over the next three years. These funds will be used not only for our immediate needs such as the Steeple and stonework repairs, but also to improve our available parking and other needed restorations on the property.
St. Joseph has a rich history in the City of Detroit and in the community we serve. As part of this campaign, we will be calling not only on parishioners to participate and contribute but also to interested civic groups and foundations.
We are grateful for the vision of Archbishop Vigneron in inviting the Institute of Christ the King to Detroit to create a Parish center for the traditional Sacraments, catechesis and devotions. We also remain thankful for the dedication and devotion of all the priests and parishioners who have worked tirelessly over the years maintaining St. Joseph and preserving its architectural treasures.
I invite you to familiarize yourself with the Historic Renewal campaign material. Please prayerfully consider taking part in this campaign for the preservation and restoration of St. Joseph Oratory. Join the living legacy. Ite ad Joseph!
In Christ the King,
Your Pastor, Canon Stein