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Cynknight
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Posted on Friday, May 04, 2007 - 3:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi all - a friend wanted to know the history of a church closed by the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1990 - Holy Name of Jesus, now a non-denominational church. Anyone have any information or pictures? It dates back to 1919. Thanks for any info.
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Swiburn
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 10:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Holy Name of Jesus Church: l3400 Van Dyke and Doyle. Grade school: l950's had 785 pupils.
l960's: school had 725.
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Maxcarey
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Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 8:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some shots of Holy Name taken in 2006:

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zo om.gne?id=489026846&size=o

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zo om.gne?id=489026916&size=l

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zo om.gne?id=489026848&size=l

http://www.flickr.com/photo_zo om.gne?id=489026928&size=l

I recently drove by Holy Name and the school building looks to be in worse shape than what was pictured here. Many windows have been boarded up and broken in a year.

Holy Name Elementary School closed in 1980.
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Swiburn
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Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2007 - 8:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Max.. Some schools are turned into charter and others to the Detroit Bd. of Ed. The latter seem to fare better, perhaps more money than the charter schools? I believe that the charter schools are not doing any better than the public ones, either, and they're certainly doing worse than the parochial.
And, of course, if "nobody" uses the building, it will simply fall apart.
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Cynknight
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Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2007 - 10:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks guys - I'll pass on the information to my friend.
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Whithorn11446
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Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 4:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

In 1966 when Michigan Senator Pat McNamara died the funeral mass was held at Holy Name. President Lyndon Johnson attended the funeral and burial at Mt.Olivet a couple of blocks away. I'm sure the reason the mass was held at Holy Name had to do with security and logistics. I don't know exactly where Pat McNamara lived in Detroit, but finding an Irishman in that neighborhood was not so common in his era. Actually, that neighborhood was heavily Polish until the early 1970's and the Irish were considered the miscellaneous segment of the population.
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Swiburn
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Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 12:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Interesting choice of church for a U.S. Senator, but yes, I agree that security and logistics factored in, (the post-Oswald asassination days) if the family wanted McNamara buried a couple of blocks away.

I would have thought that the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral would have been the logical choice of the funeral mass with the President of the United States attending, but that is far from the cemetery. Thanks for the info, Whithorn.

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