For 30 years the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance has been about building people and community!
The Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance began informally in 1967 with a group of priests who lived and worked in the City of Detroit. In the early 70’s lay pastoral assistants and religious women working in City parishes joined the Alliance. They would meet on Tuesday mornings and discuss the scriptures for the following Sunday. They also did advocacy involving issues that related to quality of life in the City.
In 1988 when the Cardinal announced the closing of 56 parishes within the City of Detroit, members of this informal group began to organize parishioners in opposition to the closings. Thousands of people attended rallies in an effort to keep their Churches open in the neighborhoods of Detroit.
In 1989, thirty-five churches closed and the Alliance hired staff and called together the people who had been meeting since the announcement of the church closings. This group of parishioners identified issues that would have to be addressed in order to fill the gaps left by the Church closings. Housing, Economic and Commercial Development, Community Action, Senior and Youth Programs, Anti-Racism training were targeted as issues around which the members of the Alliance should rally. Staff was hired, committees were formed and the work began.
Thirty years has brought about a lot of changes. yet as an organization we are striving and thriving to have a positive impact not only in the church of Detroit but in the Gratiot Woods Community where we develop people and affordable homes. Several city-wide programs Community Action, Anti-Racism Training, and Urban Parish Coalition, Epiphany Education and a program for Seniors called the Senior Network.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
Loving People to Life.
The mission of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance is to strengthen the quality of life in its communities by engaging members in the social, moral, political, and economic issues of the Metropolitan-Detroit Area. The Alliance rejects all forms of racism and sexism and strives to become an anti-racist institution in policy and in fact.
To act justly
and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.