What about the Brothers?

St. Thomas Aquinas House public charity was 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.

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!


Two brothers serve as the Archbishop Vigneron’s ‘familiares’

Here are some facts and statistics about the Canons Regular of St. Thomas Aquinas’ discernment 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


Tenebrae at St. Josaphat Church, Detroit

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

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


Sweetest Heart of Mary Church, Detroit

Chief Places of Activity: 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).

Locations of Residence: 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


Brothers at Christendom College