Our History – old

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May 1946

St. Jude Parish is established with 75 families. Father Ralph Kelly is 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 comes from Indian River. Fr. Kelly is transferred to Indian River.

July 4, 1953

Fire burns the church quonset: $30,000.00 damage. Father Brophy saves the Blessed Sacrament and the sacred vessels. The hall quonset becomes 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 are used as the church.

July 1956

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

October 1957

The convent is opened. St. Jude School opens with Sister Florentine as the first principal.


3,000 evergreens are planted around Lake St. Jude.

August 5, 1962

Ground breaking for the new church. Fr. Edmund F. Falicki, Vicar General of diocese, preside, with Fr. Brophy and Fr. Dominiak.

January 20, 1963

Fr. Brophy is 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 is given the Lecraro Award for “excellence in adapting church design to liturgical concept.”

Thanksgiving Day 1963

First Mass is celebrated in the new church.


Blessing of the bells are 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 Shultz consecrates the altars of the new church.

June 7, 1964

Formal dedication by Bishop Allen J. Babcock

June 23, 1972

TMr and Mrs. Victor Blandford give 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 departs for three months in Rome for theological studies. Fr. Patrick Cawley becomes pastor pro-tem during his absence.

September 1976

Joseph Maitner becomes principal of St Jude School.

April 10, 1977

Detroit News features 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 becomes Pastor.

April 1989

Monsignor Brophy Golden Jubilee Celebration.

July 1, 1995

Father Thomas Vesbit becomes Pastor.

October 13, 1996

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


St. Jude breaks ground on the new Millennium Center.


The new Millennium Center is completed. Fr. Michael Danner becomes Pastor.

February 11, 2006

Deacon Larry Hoogeboom ordained and assigned to St. Jude.


Father 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. Father Ayub Francis Nasar becomes Pastor.