A new chapter begins at Sacred Heart as the seminary community recognizes the conclusion of our centennial during the pandemic. Years from now, it will be written how students and faculty preserved and continued their priestly formation studies, as well as training in the New Evangelization for priests, deacons and lay ministers – online, physically separate but spiritually close.
To chronicle the seminary’s history in the heart of Detroit, Rector Msgr. Todd Lajiness commissioned a history book of historic photos and a fast-paced narrative. This beautiful, four-color keepsake book is available for $60.
Bishop Gallagher had a dream to open a seminary in the city, more important to him even than building a cathedral, saying, “a school for priests was a priority.” Like the city of Detroit — and the world — Sacred Heart’s community has reflected booms and busts, war and civil unrest, through to the New Evangelization and to today’s movement to Unleash the Gospel.
For students and faculty, Sacred Heart’s main chapel is a respite, a sanctuary for prayer and communion with Christ our Lord; it is considered the heart of the seminary. Archbishop Vigneron reflects on the chapel, saying, “It’s exquisite. Its beauty comes not principally from its decorations, but from its exact proportions. I can see the genius of the architect in making everything neither too big nor too small. It’s one of the most graceful, serene buildings I have ever been in.”
Turn the pages and years of Sacred Heart’s centennial book, “Celebrating 100 years of forming shepherds according to the heart of Jesus” and relive the laughter, sports, plays, music, and prayers of a century of Sacred Heart Major Seminary.