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I wouldn’t have known of this lovely church had I not happened to see its spires reaching over the tops of the neighborhood homes while just driving through the city (as usual) for work.  She sits north east of Michigan Avenue and Livernois, on the west side of Detroit.

The building is pleasing to the eye, at least mine.  It don’t feel peace as much as strength when studying it.  Probably what I like best are the sandstone reliefs, especially the eagle.  They give the church a sense of power and regalness.

The church itself sits in what is mostly a Latino part of the city.  A mass is given in  Spanish, not surprisingly.  The church’s website gives a lengthy, interesting history of the congregation and building that I’ll not here repeat in detail.  But, a link to the history page is found below.  Suffice it to say, this parish was established in 1889, to serve the Polish Catholic community in Detroit.  It was the fifth Polish church in the city.  The church has held on through tough times, avoiding closure in the 1980’s.  Hopefully it will continue to serve the needs of the people of its neighborhood.

http://www.stfrancisdetroit.org/about/about.htm

St. Francis D'Assisi

St. Francis D'Assisi

St. Francis D'Assisi

St. Francis D'Assisi, eagle

 

St. Francis, relief

St. Francis, relief

St. Francis D'Assisi

St. Francis, eagle

 

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