The Society of the Catholic Apostolate is an international community of priests and brothers, founded by a Roman priest, St. Vincent Pallotti (1795 – 1850). His name is the reason for the popular name “Pallottines”. The official, Latin name is Societas Apostolatus Catholici, and SAC, the abbreviation used by the Pallottines, stems from the first letters of this name. Mary, Queen of Apostles, is the Patroness of the Society.
The Society is part of the Union of the Catholic Apostolate, was founded in 1835. Right now the Society counts 2300 members, who live in more than 300 local communities in all continents and in more than 40 countries. As regards the number of members the Pallottines occupy the 17th place among the religious communities of men.
Since the members speak more than 40 languages it is not possible to communicate with everyone in his mother tongue. Therefore we use seven “official” languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. The members, priests and brothers, bind themselves to the Society by the promises of chastity, poverty, obedience, perseverance, the sharing of resources and the spirit of service.
The basic motto of the Society is the words of St. Paul “the love of Christ urges us” (2 Cor 5,14).

The Irish Province of The Society of the Catholic Apostolate is also known as (The Mother of Divine Love Province) and they first came to Wyandotte, Michigan in 1958. An agreement was made between Cardinal Mooney and Fr. James Mullin, SAC, Provincial Delegate, which allowed Fr. James Redmond our Mission Director at that time to make mission appeals in Detroit churches for the Diocese of Mbulu Tanzania, East Africa. Today we make mission appeals throughout the U.S.A from how Mission Appeal Centre in Wyandotte. Our current Mission Director is Fr. Noel O’ Connor S.A.C.

In 1990, Cardinal Edmund Szoka assigned the St. Joseph Parish to the Irish Pallottine Fathers. The Pallottine priests who live and work in the U.S. are currently the administrators of the Parish of St. Vincent Pallotti in Wyandotte (www.stvpp.org), formerly St. Joseph Parish, St. Patrick’s Parish and St. Elisabeth’s Parish of Wyandotte. The Pallottine Priests also assist local parishes in the area when requested, as well as undertaking Hospital Chaplaincy Ministry in Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

This year, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of our Detroit Dinner Dance. We look back with pride that our efforts have resulted in a great growth of the church in East Africa.Because of their presence and involvement in the community, we give thanks for several priests who have been associated with the area churches. Fr. Gerry Frawley was the first Pallottine to become Pastor of St. Joseph in 1990. In 2000, Fr. T.J. Moloney was Pastor for four years, Fr. Brendan Walsh who was in 2004 and Fr. Michael Cremin.

In 2012 the Parish of St. Vincent Pallotti was formed with the merger of three Parishes, St. Joseph Parish at 344 Elm St., Wyandotte,  St. Patrick Parish at 135 Superior Blvd., Wyandotte,  and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 138 Goddell St Wyandotte. The new Parish of St Vincent Pallotti offers many opportunities for involvement by people of every age, from liturgical ministries to community outreach as well as several social functions throughout the year. Fr. Michael Cremin is the Pastor of the parish and he is assist by Fr. Brendan McCarrick the Associate Pastor. The Irish Province of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate (Mother of Divine Love), see and continues to meet the challenge of evangelization and the development of the lay apostolate in all their ministries.

At this time, we wish to express our sincere thanks to all the parish communities of the greater Detroit area for their abiding interest and support.


In 2013 when we celebrated our 50th anniversary of ministry in the Wyandotte area we were truly honored to be recognized by several levels of state for our missionary work.

Among the awards we received were:

• US House of Representatives – Enriching and Strengthening the Community

• City of Wyandotte – Proclamation of contribution to the betterment of society

• State of Michigan – Special Tribute

• City of Allen Park – Contributions to the City and Community

• City of Berkley – 50 years of Achievement


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