|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1701|
A new granite monument was dedicated in Mt. Elliott Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday, July 24, 2010 by Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka. The monument marks the mass grave in Mount Elliott where early parishioners' remains from Historic Ste. Anne de Detroit Parish were reburied in 1869. (The parish spells it Ste. Anne, as "Ste." is the abbreviation of the feminine French "sainte.")
Ste. Anne de Detroit, the oldest parish in the Archdiocese of Detroit, dates its founding to July 26, 1701, two days after the founding of Fort Pontchartrain, which would eventually become Detroit, by French colonial official Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. Ste. Anne's is also the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States.
In the early years of Ste. Anne Parish, its dead were buried either in the church or just outside the stockade, around Jefferson Avenue and Griswold Street. As the church moved (the one that burned in the Great Fire of 1805 was the sixth building) and the city grew, some remains were moved several times.
They were all relocated to their final resting place in a mass grave in Mount Elliott Cemetery in 1869.
When members of the French Canadian Historical Society of Michigan saw the unmarked burial site while on a 2007 tour of the cemetery, they began an effort to have some kind of monument erected. That effort culminated on July 24, 2010 when Cardinal Szoka blessed the monument they had commissioned.
The ceremony at 2 p.m. included hymns, a roll call of those buried from Ste. Anne Parish during those years, and remarks by members of the society. A reception followed at the Solanus Casey Center, across Mount Elliott Avenue from the cemetery.
It brought a religious closure to those who knew where their ancestors were buried. It was especially rewarding to have the marker blessed by the cardinal.
Ste. Anne de Detroit Church is at 1000 Ste. Anne St., Detroit, Michigan.
Another milestone celebrated that same week was 100 years of weekly novena prayers to St. Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin.
Mount Elliott Cemetery
Created by: Elizabeth & Ron
Record added: Jul 30, 2010
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