Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Polish Catholic Churches of Detroit, Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Detroit

Address: 3414 Trombly Avenue at Moran, Detroit
Current Parish Status: Closed
School in Operation: No
First Year Parish Founded: 1919
Year Church was Built: 1927
Parish Closed: 1981, Buildings torn down July 14, 1981
First Pastor: Rev. Fr. Stanislaus Bortnowski
Pastor at Parish Closing: Reverend Joseph Karasiewicz
Pastor in 1985: None
Location: East side

The last Mass was said in this church in May of 1981.

The building was torn down in July of 1981 to make way for the General Motors Poletown plant.

In 1985, Immaculate Conception Church was the only Polish parish in the metro Detroit area to have been closed. The people of the parish were very bitter about the closing and their own relocation. Little did they know that soon to follow, in 1989, seven other Polish parishes would close.

For more information about the closing of this parish visit this web site.

To view an extensive collection of photographs and detailed information about this church, visit the Library of Congress American Memory web site.

Golden Jubilee book, 1919-1969 for this parish is cataloged and searchable on the PGSA web site.

Some information from, "The Polish Roman Catholic Churches of Metropolitan Detroit" by PERC. c. 1985. Used with permission from Michael Krolewski, editor.