Most Holy Redeemer Church (Detroit, Michigan)

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Most Holy Redeemer Church
Holy Redeemer Church (Detroit) 2.jpg
Location 1721 Junction Street
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°19′2″N 83°6′7″W / 42.31722°N 83.10194°W / 42.31722; -83.10194Coordinates: 42°19′2″N 83°6′7″W / 42.31722°N 83.10194°W / 42.31722; -83.10194
Built 1921
Architect Donaldson and Meier
Architectural style Renaissance Revival
Part of West Vernor-Junction Historic District (#02001503)
MPS West Vernor Highway Survey Area, Detroit, Michigan MPS
Added to NRHP December 12, 2002
Most Holy Redeemer Church Sanctuary

The Most Holy Redeemer Church is located at 1721 Junction Street in Southwest Detroit, Michigan, within the West Vernor-Junction Historic District.[1] The church was once estimated as the largest Roman Catholic parish in North America.[1][2] West Vernor-Junction Historic District is adjacent to Mexicantown and contains a growing Mexican community and resurgent neighborhoods.


The parish contains a longstanding elementary school, along with the Detroit Cristo Rey High School, which has operated since 2008 at the location of the former Holy Redeemer High School.[3]

As in the other Southwest Detroit neighborhoods, such as Springwells Village, West Vernor Highway is the main commercial thoroughfare. Churches, parks, recreation centers, and theaters anchor neighborhoods such as the West Vernor-Junction intersection that Holy Redeemer parish dominates.

In popular culture[edit]

The Hollywood movie The Rosary Murders (1987), starring actor Donald Sutherland, prominently featured the church and the neighborhood.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Most Holy Redeemer Parish History. Retrieved on April 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Most Holy Redeemer Retrieved April 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Cristo Rey ready to 'rise'. Retrieved on March 1, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Godzak, Roman (2000). Archdiocese of Detroit (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9780738507972. 
  • Godzak, Roman (2004). Catholic Churches of Detroit (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738532355. 
  • Godzak, Roman (2000). Make Straight the Path: A 300 Year Pilgrimage Archdiocese of Detroit. Editions du Signe. ISBN 2746801450. 
  • Tentler, Leslie Woodcock with forward by Edmund Cardinal Szoka (1992). Seasons of Grace: A History of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0814321062. 
  • Tutag, Nola Huse with Lucy Hamilton (1988). Discovering Stained Glass in Detroit. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1875-4.