Our History

May 1946

St. Jude Parish established with 75 families. Father Ralph Kelly appointed Pastor. Mass held in Michigan Veterans’ Facility.


Rectory completed on the Plainfield Avenue site (now Plainfield Plaza.) Later two quanset huts were constructed, one to serve as church, one as parish hall.

November 6, 1952

Fr. Charles D. Brophy came from Indian River; Fr. Kelly was transferred to Indian River.

July 4, 1953

Fire burned the church quonset: $30,000.00 damage. Father Brophy saved the Blessed Sacrament and the sacred vessels. The hall quonset became the church.

August 15, 1955

Purchase of property between 4 Mile Rd and Elmdale.

December 1, 1955

School ground breaking.

September 1956

The present gym and family center were used as the church.

July 1956

Rectory was moved from the Plainfield site to its present location.

October 1957

The convent opened with the Felician Sisters (Congregation of Sisters of St. Felix).

St. Jude School opened with Sister Florentine as the first principal.


3,000 evergreens planted around Lake St Jude.

August 5, 1962

Ground breaking for the new church (pictured above). Fr. Edmund F. Falicki, Vicar General of diocese, presided, with Fr. Brophy and Fr. Dominiak.

January 20, 1963

Fr. Brophy was made a Domestic Prelate with the title Right Reverend Monsignor Charles D. Brophy

August 1963

At the National Liturgical Convention in Philadelphia, St Jude Church was given the Lecraro Award for “excellence in adapting church design to liturgical concept.”

Thanksgiving Day 1963

First Mass was celebrated in the new church.


Blessing of the bells named for St. Jude, Monsignor Brophy and Bishop Allen Babcock.

April 5, 1964

Rectory rebuilding. New offices, file room and conference room.

April 16, 1964

Monsignor Brophy’s Silver Jubilee Mass.

May 18, 1964

Monsignor Schultz consecrated the altars of the new church.

June 7, 1964

Formal dedication by Bishop Allen J. Babcock.

June 23, 1972

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Blandford (the namesake for the Blandford Nature Center) gave the parish 17 acres of land between Elmdale and 4 Mile Road “in appreciation to St. Jude Parish for its contribution to the community.”

February 27, 1975

Monsignor Brophy departed for three months in Rome for theological studies. Fr. Patrick Cawley became pastor pro-tem during his absence.

September 1976

Joseph Maitner became principal of St Jude School.

April 10, 1977

Detroit News featured St. Jude Church as one of the four outstanding buildings of worship in the state.

November 6, 1977

Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of St. Jude Parish.

July 1, 1988

Fr. Patrick Cawley became Pastor.

April 1989

Monsignor Brophy Golden Jubilee Celebration.

July 1, 1995

Fr. Thomas Vesbit became Pastor.

October 13, 1996

50th Anniversary Celebration. On to the Millennium seeking our Destiny!


St. Jude breaks ground on the new Millennium Center (parish offices & Brophy Center).


The new Millennium Center is completed.


Fr. Michael Danner becomes Pastor.

February 11, 2006

Deacon Larry Hoogeboom ordained as a permanent Deacon and assigned to St. Jude.


St. Jude School close and re-opens as All Saints Academy.


Fr. Thomas Page becomes Pastor.

June 3, 2014

50th Anniversary Celebration of the church building by Bishop David J. Walkowiak.


Deacon Dan Esch becomes permanent Deacon and assigned to St. Jude.

Fr. Ayub Francis Nasar becomes Pastor.

July 2023

Bishop Indrias Rehmat visits from the Diocese of Faisalabad, Pakistan.