Saturday, October 15, 2016
St. Louise de Marillac (Warren)
St. Louise de Marillac Parish was established in 1963 with Fr. Benedict Rembelski as the founding pastor. The first parish Mass was celebrated at Green Acres School on June 30, 1963; a temporary church was built that year.
Archbishop (later Cardinal) Dearden dedicated the building and celebrated the first Mass on December 23, 1963. There were 750 registered families at the time of founding but doubled in the next five years.
Ground was broken on the current church in 1968, construction was done by Edward V. Monahan Co., and the building was finished in 1970. The church was dedicated and the first Mass was celebrated by John Cardinal Dearden on April 16, 1970.
The original church was repurposed as the current social hall. In 1975, the Confirmation class was so large (225 students) that the ceremony was performed at two different Masses.
Fr. Rembelski, the founding pastor, was transferred to Detroit's Transfiguration Parish in 1977. Fr. Pasquale LoGrasso (Administration and Education) and Fr. Robert Poledink (Worship and Christian Service) replaced him as co-pastors of St. Louise. They were, in turn, replaced by Fr. David West in 1985.
Fr. Thomas G. Rice was appointed as pastor in 1989 and, in 2005, he became a monsignor. In addition to his responsibilities as pastor, Msgr. Rice was concurrently the editor-in-chief and associate publisher of The Michigan Catholic for 13 years..
Fr. Michael (Clement) Suhy was appointed pastor in 2014 and remains there today.
More info: parish website + bulletin archive
The Michigan Catholic articles: Msgr. Rice Leaving-Paper After 13 Years + 50th anniversary