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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.

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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.

The members of Detroit’s former community-in-formation, the Canons Regular of St. Thomas Aquinas, wish to convey their heartfelt thanks to His Grace, the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit for five years of fruitful discernment and his continuous encouragement and support.  You and your see remain in our grateful prayers!

Here are some facts and statistics about the Canons Regular of St. Thomas Aquinas’ discernment while in the Archdiocese of Detroit:

  • Discernment began in 2012 at the invitation of Most Rev. Francis R. Reiss
  • Start Date: 15 August 2012
  • End Date: 9 November 2017
  • Starting Membership: 3
  • Closing Membership: 4
  • Total Membership: 10
  • Average Age of Members: 26.4

The brothers officially relocated to a rural setting outside of Michigan in December 2017, where they continue their common life of prayer and contemplation uninterrupted.  They may still be contacted through either the P. O. Box listed on this website or via the email link.  The brothers appreciate your continued support for them as they search for a new Ordinary with interest in establishing a traditional community of canons regular in his diocese.

Daily community chanting of the Divine Office according to the ancient Latin form of the Roman rite; spiritual and religious formation of members.

Liturgical and administrative support for parishes; catechetical instruction (all ages); inner city, neighborhood evangelical outreach; fraternal outreach to diocesan clergy.

Mother of Divine Mercy Parish (Detroit); St. Joseph Oratory Parish (Detroit); St. Louise de Marillac Parish (Warren, MI); St. Justin-St. Mary Magdalen Parish (Hazel Park, MI).

Sweetest Heart of Mary Rectory, Detroit (2012-2013); St. Mary Magdalen Convent, Hazel Park (2013-2017).

Supporting Institutions: Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary; Christendom College Graduate School; Vita Consecrata Institute; Institute on Religious Life.

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