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For Immediate Release: Companions of the Cross establish deeper roots in Detroit to better fulfill their mission 

September 3, 2019Building Exterior 

Detroit, MI – With the acquisition of a residence to house its formation program, the Companions of the Cross increases its capacity to engage with the community of the Archdiocese of Detroit in the renewal of the Church.

“This is an excellent opportunity for us to share our vision of a Church that is truly alive,” said Fr. Michael Scherrey, Interim General Superior. “The new facility equips us to better serve, strengthens our formation program, supports our call to community and brotherhood and provides increased outreach opportunities.” 

The residence is located in the University district of Detroit, at 17330 Quincy St. The complex belonged to the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, PIME. The convent was built in 1926 and a church was later added in 1956. A comprehensive renovation was completed in 2008. It can accommodate our 18 seminarians, our formation team and some of our priests who are serving in the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

“The Companions of the Cross make an inestimable contribution to the life of our Diocese,” said the Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit. “And I take this occasion to express my great gratitude for their presence here, both in their ministry and at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary.” 

The first major event at this new location is scheduled for September 14, 2019, when Marcus Schonnop will be ordained as a transitional Deacond for the Companions of the Cross, which has the status of a Society of Apostolic Life in the Catholic Church.  

About the Companions of the Cross

The Companions of the Cross were founded by Fr. Bob Bedard in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1985. They have been actively ministering in Detroit since 2011 at St. Scholastica Parish, have the chaplaincy at Wayne State University Newman Catholic Centre and carry a formation program in collaboration with Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The community, which consist of 38 priests, 2 Bishops and 18 seminarians, serves in Ottawa, Toronto, Halifax, Detroit and Houston.  

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