About St. Thomas Aquinas House

“Many are called, but few are chosen,” (Mt. 22:14).  We live during a vocational crisis.  Too many men fail to respond to the calling that God gives them because the noise of the world has made them deaf to His voice.

Still others are unable to respond when they hear the call owing to a variety of practical obstacles.  Tired of seeing good vocations go unrealized, St. Thomas Aquinas House is dedicated to the support of men pursuing traditional religious and priestly vocations.  We support the men who will pray to God for our needs, the men who will teach and edify us in the faith and the men who will someday bring us the Last Rites.

At present, our public charity provides no direct housing for men in discernment but assists them with the cost of living wherever the Lord takes them. 

From 2013 to 2017, however, St. Thomas Aquinas House accomplished its mission primarily through the direct maintenance of a living facility for men in discernment located in Hazel Park, MI through a mutual arrangement with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit.  For more on the Catholic religious community of men that once resided there: please read Our Stories.

St. Thomas Aquinas House public charity has been the chief financial support of a Catholic men’s community-in-formation called the ‘Canons Regular of St. Thomas Aquinas,’ which began its discernment in 2012 at the invitation of the Most Rev. Francis R. Reiss, and enjoyed the generous authorization and sponsorship of the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron from 2013 to 2017.

St. Thomas Aquinas House remains committed to its support for this new religious community as they continue with their vowed life of common prayer beyond the Archdiocese of Detroit in search of a new location in which to establish a permanent monastic presence. For more information please read from Our Stories.

St. Thomas Aquinas House has no legal affiliation with any denomination.  It was founded in 2013 with the help of Most Rev. Francis R. Reiss, at the time, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit (now retired).

From 2013 to 2017, it also enjoyed the generous endorsement of the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, the Catholic Archbishop of Detroit, but always remained an independent public charity, which seeks to aid Catholic men in the difficult task of responding to God’s calling to a traditional vocation in the tumultuous and spiritually deafening age in which we live.

Most Rev. Francis R. Reiss

Most Rev. Francis R. Reiss