Ministers of Service
The Ministers of Service program was started by the late Al McNeeley in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Detroit as a feeder program of men of African descent or people in city ministry to move them towards the permeant diaconate program.
After several years the Archdiocese abandoned the program, due to the low number of men who went into the permeant diaconate program. As unfortunate, their abandonment of the program was, it was here that a new chapter of Urban Lay leadership developed.
Although the Ministers of Service program did not fulfill the diocese's hopes much life was birth from the program and the men who matriculated through its courses and served Black Catholic Parishes throughout the City of Detroit.
Today, 53 years later, over 160 lay men and WOMEN give to their parishes and community through this ministry of service.