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Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Polish Franciscan priest, missionary and martyr, is celebrated throughout the Church today, August 14. The saint died in the concentration camp at Auschwitz, during World War II, and is remembered as a “martyr of charity� for dying in place of another prisoner who had a wife and children. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1982.St. Maximilian is also celebrated for his missionary work, his evangelistic use of modern means of communication, and for his lifelong devotion to the Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception.All these aspects of St. Maximilian's life converged in his founding of the Militia Immaculata. The worldwide organization continues St. Maximilian Kolbe's mission of bringing individuals and societies into the Catholic Church, through dedication to the Virgin Mary.St. Maximilian, according to several biographies, was personally called by the Virgin Mary, both to his holy life and to his eventual martyrdom. As an impulsive and badly-behaved child, he prayed to her for guidance, and later described how she miraculously appeared to him holding two crowns: one was white, representing purity, the other red, for martyrdom. When he was asked to choose between these two destinies, the troublesome child and future saint said he wanted both. Radically changed by the incident, he entered the minor seminary of the Conventual Franciscans at age 13, in 1907. At age 20 he made his solemn vows as a Franciscan, earning a doctorate in philosophy the next year. Soon after, however, he developed chronic tuberculosis, which eventually destroyed one of his lungs and weakened the other.On October 16, 1917, in response to anti-Catholic demonstrations by Italian Freemasons, Friar Maximilian led six other Franciscans in Rome to form the association they called the Militia Immaculata. The group's founding coincided almost exactly with the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, and the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal.As a Franciscan priest, Fr. Maximilian returned to work in Poland during the 1920s. There, he promoted the Catholic faith through newspapers and magazines which eventually reached an extraordinary circulation, published from a monastery so large it was called the “City of the Immaculata.� In 1930 he moved to Japan, and had established a Japanese Catholic press by 1936, along with a similarly ambitious monastery. That year, however, he returned to Poland for the last time. In 1939, Germany invaded Poland, and Fr. Kolbe was arrested. Briefly freed during 1940, he published one last issue of the Knight of the Immaculata before his final arrest and transportation to Auschwitz in 1941.At the beginning of August that year, 10 prisoners were sentenced to death by starvation in punishment for another inmate's escape. Moved by one man's lamentation for his wife and children, Fr. Kolbe volunteered to die in his place. Survivors of the camp testified that the starving prisoners could be heard praying and singing hymns, led by the priest who had volunteered for an agonizing death. After two weeks, on the night before the Church's feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the camp officials decided to hasten Fr. Kolbe's death, injecting him with carbolic acid. St. Maximilian Kolbe's body was cremated by the camp officials on the feast of the Assumption. He had stated years earlier: “I would like to be reduced to ashes for the cause of the Immaculata, and may this dust be carried over the whole world, so that nothing would remain.�

Parish Life DIrector

Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Parish is a diverse Catholic community, located in a historic church in the heart of downtown, and engaged in today’s revival of the city.  We reach out and invite all to join us.  Transformed by our liturgy and committed to prayer and a spirituality of service in the Jesuit tradition, we live as men and women for others in the Spirit of Jesus. Ss. Peter and Paul is seeking a vibrant and creative Parish Life Director.


In this new position, the Parish Life Director will work with the parish leadership team in developing and implementing parish programs, including especially programs for young adult and new parishioners. In addition, the Director will oversee a variety of parish organizations, and aggressively promote parish life through digital social media.


Full time position with competitive salary and Michigan Catholic Conference benefits; requires availability on evenings and weekends.

Parish Catechetical leader/director of religious education



The Parish Catechetical Leader/ Director of Religious Education is the person who organizes and directs

the program of lifelong faith formation for all parishioners under the direction of the Pastor and in

collaboration with the pastoral staff. The PCL/DRE incorporates pre-evangelization and evangelization

into every aspect of the faith formation process and employs creative methodology that leads to a life of

missionary discipleship for the people of the parish community.




  • Development and oversight of the parish faith formation program(s) for children, youth, young

adults, and adults

  • Recruit and hire contracted speakers and presenters

  • Responsible for the recruitment, training, supporting and evaluation of volunteer catechists in

accordance with parish and Archdiocese of Detroit policies and guidelines

  • Responsible for the formation of catechists in accordance with the Archdiocese of Detroit

policies and guidelines, and maintenance of current certification files on each catechist

  • Collaboration with the pastor and other parish staff members to develop vision and goals for

parish evangelization and faith formation

  • Responsible for the preparation and coordination of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First

Eucharist, and Confirmation

  • Responsible for oversight of sacramental record keeping

  • Responsible for selection of the parish catechetical texts and resources as

approved for use by the Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Responsible for the preparation and management of the Christian Education section of the

parish budget with the approval of the Pastor

  • Responsible for overseeing and implementation of Safe Environments policies and programs as

required by the Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Coordinate parish programs in the areas of evangelization and catechesis

  • Organize and facilitate regularly scheduled meeting with faith formation staff and volunteers

  • Participates in parish, vicariate, and archdiocesan meetings and functions

  • Participates in designated national, regional, and archdiocesan catechetical organizations


The above statements describe the general nature and level of work of the position. This is not

an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree or a certificate in Theology, Pastoral Studies, or Catechetics;

Master’s degree preferred

  • Certified DRE or in the process of certification through the Archdiocese of Detroit

  • Practicing Catholic and in full communion with the Church

  • A person of faith with a heart for evangelization

  • Able to maintain all information as highly confidential

  • Experienced and skilled in planning, directing, organizing, implementing and evaluating faith

formation programs

  • Compliance with criminal background checks and Safe Environment’s Policies

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Archbishop Vigneron on Recent News Concerning Clergy Sexual Abuse

Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron on Monday released a letter to the faithful, offering prayers for victims of clergy abuse and affirming the need for accountability among clergy. The letter was written in anticipation of the release of a grand jury report on clergy abuse in Pennsylvania and in light of revelations of misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

“My prayers today are with the victims of abuse at the hands of clergy worldwide, particularly those represented in the grand jury report in Pennsylvania. The allegations contained in that report, as well as recent allegations of sinful behavior involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – regardless of when and where they happened – are daunting tests of faith for you in the Church, her leadership and our ongoing efforts towards abuse prevention and response.”

Click here to read the full letter from Archbishop Vigneron.

The Archdiocese of Detroit places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other personnel. Be it five, fifteen, or 50 years later, our diocese accepts and responds to all reports. To speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, please call (866) 343-8055 or email

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First Grade Teacher

St. Valentine Catholic Schools is in need of a first grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  St. Valentine School is looking to hire a  teacher who will be able to demonstrate knowledge and practice of creating a classroom environment that is founded in the Catholic Faith and provides a safe, secure, nurturing environment to develop the whole child; academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.  

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